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Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening Paperback – January 1, 2006
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The book changed the way I ask questions about sleep - not, why can't I get to sleep, but also, do I really wake up fully, or am I in what the author calls a "daze," a state of artificial waking? How do I view sleep, is it part of the sacred and mysterious night or is it only taking the body off-line for required maintenance in order to assure its daytime productivity? He shows how the drive to be productive produces a mechanistic view of the body and robs the soul.Read more ›
Dr. Naiman is conversational, but scholarly. Poetic...yet prosaic. His strong, human, caring, and qualified voice effectively ushers readers into the life-threatening plight of our sleepless and dreamless world.
Throughout "Healing Night", Dr. Naiman gently weaves his ever important message of developing and maintaining healthy sleeping, dreaming, and waking patterns with personalized anecdotal threads. The results are a seemingly effortless and beautiful tapestry of the psychology, physiology, and spirituality necessary for readers to understand and overcome our cultural and sociological addiction to artificial light, sleeping pills and waking "aids".
"Healing Night" is a rare, masterful recipe for nursing our parched, exhausted, ignored, and overstimulated souls back to health. If you are serious about improving your relationship with sleep...or with yourself, "Healing Night" is the most comprehensive medical and spiritual manual that I have ever come across.
Dr. Naiman's use of dream therapy is like opening a new door. I used to dismiss dreams and dreaming. I now see how important it is and how paying attention to dreams helps one in everyday life. I learned dreams are not always what they seem.
"Healing Night" is also very beautifully and intellectually written, making it not only helpful but also enjoyable. I'd give this book ten stars if Amazon would let me. It will be forever by my bed while I sleep peacefully (now).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the most wonderful book for helping insomniacs! Our society has gone off the rails in terms of letting people rest - this is the antidote. Thank you to the author!Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
I bought this book thinking it would help me with my sleep problems. I thought it was a little complicated to understand and apply. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Heidi Nickel
I bought this book when I was trying to find my way out of a long chronic period of insomnia. Naiman's writing is engaging and easy to follow.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Observer
I heard Dr. Naiman speak in person. I learned a lot about sleep from listening and reading this book. I like his weaving-in of the spiritual dimensions of sleep.Published 20 months ago by Hope
An excellent examination of the mysterious state we spend so much time in: sleep. Often poetic in his treatment of the subject, Naiman nonetheless remains rooted in science. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Me
Full of good information for those with intractable insomnia. Excellent guidance if you want to reduce your use of sleep medicines. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by swimmr
This is a must read for anyone with sleep issues or a gift for someone you love. I'm very weary of medical model sleep hygiene advice and was initially resistant to one more... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Taffodil
The book is too repetitive. There is some interesting history here, but I didn't find it very relative to solving my sleep problem. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Craig Jackson
This book presents an interesting perspective on sleep and how our modern culture is destroying this often misunderstood human need. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by rxtrace