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Power Sleep : The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance Paperback – December 9, 1998
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Dr. James B. Maas is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He is also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He teaches introductory psychology to 1,300 students each year and holds the world's record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. Three times Professor Maas has been recognized as the faculty member most influential in mentoring a Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar, so designated from the top 1% of the student body. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.
Dr. Maas is one of the nation's most sought after corporate, medical, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell's Soups, Pepsi Cola, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Le Club B, Pictet, USAA, Institutional Investor, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association for Exposition Management (IAEM), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Ernst & Young, Mutual Life, Maytag, the Naval War College, US Navy, Beyer Pharmaceuticals, McNeil Labs, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, American College of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, American Urological Association, Urban Land Institute, United States Figure Skating Association, NBA Orlando Magic, the New York Jets, S. C. Johnson, Quaker Oats, Nestle, Simmons Company, Marriott Corporation, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.. Dr. Maas' book, Power Sleep, published by Random House and HarperCollins, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 11 languages. His latest venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children's bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. In the past two years there have been over 200 articles in the popular press about Dr. Maas' work on sleep and performance. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC's 20/20 and Oprah.
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I got this book because I am 19 years old and in college and basically ever since I turned 13 I haven't been able to maintain a normal sleep cycle for more than a week at a time. I always end up not being able to get to sleep at my set bedtime and throw off my whole plan to wake and rise at the same time everyday. Unfortunately, I don't think this book is going to help me change that. I only just finished it today, though, so I'll keep you updated as to how things go.
The books' main suggestion is that you should wake up at the same time every day and go to sleep at the same time every night. This is pretty common knowledge and unfortunately I just don't think this is something I can realistically do because I have tried hundreds of time in the past and just not been able to maintain a consistent schedule.
The book gives some valuable suggestions like "don't exercise near bedtime" and "don't eat any heavy meals before bedtime". The book describes the "architecture" of sleep which is interesting to read about and gave me a better understanding of my sleeping patterns. One valuable piece of information the book gave is that 8 hours of disrupted sleep is not as restorative as 6 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep.Read more ›
Even if you did start reading the book, Dr. Maas is concerned that you aren't truly interested and that you might drop it any moment. One has to appreciate his attempts in keeping your interest by writing short chapters with small units, many illustrations (photographs or cartoons), his own attempts in writing wittily (with mixed results), and plenty of repetitions of most important points. I thought that a good part of what is written is common knowledge. On the other hand, there are things that I hoped would be explained which aren't even mentioned. For example, what are the biological mechanisms (and how they work) that affect some peoples' need for sleep when it's full moon, what are the hormonal changes that occur when a very fatigued individual after skipping a night or two feels his/her sex drive has increased rather than decreased (which would be expected)... you will not find anything on such phenomena in the book. The impact of sleep deprivation on one's mood and emotions is mentioned but not really explained.
There are two things that I consider particularly good: a short true-or-false test with popular notions about sleep which one can complete in about 5 minutes, and which can be very motivational, and the Peak Performance Sleep Log which a reader is supposed to keep during several weeks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much has changed since this book was written. This author has since published 2 more books. Better to buy the new books than this old one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Fancher
Nope. Not what I was hoping for and didn't teach me anything I didn't already know.Published 2 months ago by Irene Gardner
Great book to read as we strive to sleep better. Very informative with great tips to do. My sleep has been much better.Published 5 months ago by Benjamin Lee
Easy to understand. Good read. You can practice what is said. Author made it simple. You will enjoy learning more about the need for sleep.Published 7 months ago by Shiryl
This author is the best authority on Sleep Apnea. This book has helped me deal with mine. I understand better what to do and sleep better, now.Published 9 months ago by J. Devine