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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098461
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracey Marks, MD is an Atlanta psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has a special interest in how the mind and body connect to shape our quality of life. Dr. Marks has worked with numerous women struggling to balance their life and work, while also overcoming burnout, depression, and other stress-related issues.

Dr. Marks obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her residency training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center.


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Tracey Marks, MD is an Atlanta psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has a special interest in how the mind and body connect to shape our quality of life. Dr. Marks has worked with numerous women struggling to balance their life and work, while also overcoming burnout, depression and other stress related issues.

Dr. Marks obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her residency training at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center.

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Dr. Marks is an Atlanta psychiatrist who has a special interest in sleep disorders.
Bonnie Brody
Master Your Sleep is an easy to read book that is divided into two main parts: Section I is "Understanding Sleep" and Section II is "Sleep Solutions".
PT Cruiser
Note: The author contacted me for a book review, and I received a copy of the book for this purpose.
Christopher Mayo

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dr. Marks contacted me and asked if I would review her book. I usually decline author requests but her book sounded so interesting that I agreed to take a look at it, and am I ever glad I did. As a chronic insomniac, Dr. Marks' book has given me personally a lot to work with to improve my own sleep. She incorporates eastern and western medicine in her book and the book comes with a 'cheat sheet' of hints to improve sleep hygiene. Dr. Marks is an Atlanta psychiatrist who has a special interest in sleep disorders.

Some of the hints on the cheat sheet include no caffeine or cigarettes six hours before sleep, no alcohol 4 hours before sleep, no exercise 2 hours before sleep, no more fluids or work one hour before sleep and then start to wind down. Thirty minutes before sleep, read, listen to music, meditate, or do progressive relaxation. At bedtime, keep your thermostat between 68-74 degrees, use a fan to feel cool, keep lights out including LED's and turn off the TV. The cheat sheet discusses natural remedies for sleep, how to do progressive muscle relaxation, what to do about anxious thoughts that keep you from sleeping and what to do if it takes you more than thirty minutes to fall asleep. The price of the book is worth it for the cheat sheet alone. As a psychotherapist, I often treated sleep-deprived clients and this would be a wonderful hand-out for professionals to use.

The book is divided into two helpful sections. The first is 'Understanding Sleep'. This section contains chapters on how much sleep is required, sleep architecture, dreaming circadian cycle and sleep inertia. The second chapter is entitled 'What Happens If I Don't Sleep'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Approximately 33% of Americans have some problems getting an adequate amount of sleep. The proper amount of sleep is essential for good health. Stated differently, lack of adequate sleep leads to many short-term and long-term health problems.

Far too many of the people who struggle with sleep disorders are at a loss as to the best approach to solve them. This book will give you a great overview of the different methods of treating the problem.

The book starts with an introduction to the basics of sleep, the stages of sleep and why a certain amount is necessary. Dr. Marks also discusses the health and lifestyle issues of inadequate sleep.

Next, Dr. Marks discusses the various reasons that people are unable to get the proper amount of sleep. She also discusses sleep evaluations and who should consider having a professional sleep evaluation.

The meat of the book talks about the various approaches to solving the sleep disorders. First there is medication. Unfortunately we are a nation of pill takers. While there are some instances when "sleeping pills" might be the best approach, after reading this book it is the last approach I would take.

The initial approach would be to observe and improve your sleep hygiene. Dr. Marks give some simple but effective tips and techniques which should help improve your sleep. Lastly she discusses some behavioral therapy from meditation to cognitive therapy as different approaches to better sleep.

She also gives tips for dealing with infants and children who are experiencing sleep problems and as a result probably creating sleep disruption for their parents.

The book is straightforward, well written and easy to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tracey Marks, MD practices psychiatry and psychotherapy in Atlanta and has compiled one of the most complete studies of Sleep - the science and the practical information about this area of activity in which we spend a great deal of lives. Why someone hasn't thought of presenting this topic as a patient's guide to improving our quality of life until this volume is a puzzle, but here is one of the most accurately informative surveys of that part of our lives that is of concern to all of us as we try to adapt to how we manage our daily health - mental and physical - Sleep!

Dr. Marks divides her book into two sections - Understanding Sleep and Sleep Solutions. Part one offers terrific information to the little aspects of the concept of sleep that few understand or appreciate: a physiologic evaluation of just exactly what sleep is and how it is part of our Circadian rhythm that determines how we respond and feel during our waking hours. She addresses 'What happens is I don't sleep?' (eg, weight gain, diabetes, altered mental and physical function, even shortening our life span); 'Why can't I sleep?' (sleep disorders both physical and psychiatric, the effects of drugs, aging, disrupted lifestyle, and 'Sleep Evaluations - Who needs one? (many of these tests we've never heard of!).

Part Two - Sleep Solutions - is a thorough examination of sleep medications - which ones work and how and their side effects, Behavioral Therapy - for this reader the most fascinating and useful section in the book as it is holistic in nature, Cognitive Therapy - intrusive problem solving and inaccurate assumptions that keep us awake, Bright-Light Therapy, and Sleep Disorders in Children - what they are and how to manage them.
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