"The authors' breakthrough message: Once we understand how our circadian rhythm affects our lives, we can control some environmental factors and cure ourselves of insomnia, fatigue and depression." -- Susan Adams, Forbes Magazine
"Full of good science and advice about getting our inner clocks ticking right."
-- Claudia Dreifus, writer for The New York Times
"A really nice book. Wonderful stories, great science. It's fun reading and packed with information." -- Dr. Michael Roizen, RadioMD
"Breakthrough therapy for insomnia, depression, and circadian rhythm regulation!"
-- Bob Arnot, M.D.
"We have an internal clock that sets the timing of our daily behavior and physiology, [sensitive] to the environmental fluctuations of light and darkness. Chronobiology seeks to harness this new knowledge to understand critical aspects of the when
and why of human behavior. Chronotherapy
seeks to provide rhythm-changing interventions that address these problems. The full range of rhythm-shifting strategies is laid out in basic and elegant fashion. This book points us towards a new and enriched age of mental health care." -- John Gottlieb, M.D., Northwestern University
"Michael Terman has emerged as the #1 clinician and researcher internationally re: chronotherapy. This book establishes him as the #1 educator." -- Lewis A. Opler, M.D., Columbia University.
"Readable, highly literate, timely and indispensable, Reset Your Inner Clock
popularizes the basic biology, and clinical applications, side by side." --Anna Wirz-Justice, Ph.D., in Psychiatric Times.
"This brilliant book offers a simple, fascinating account of successes with timed light treatment and user-friendly sleep times. It is essential reading for anyone with persistent sleep problems." -- Josephine Arendt, Ph.D., M.D., author of Melatonin and the Mammalian Pineal Gland
"A terrific addition to the literature on light, sleep, and rhythms for the general public." -- Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., author of Winter Blues
From the Author
After a long career of developing and testing effective research-based approaches to treating mood and sleep problems, and using them with my patients, I felt a mounting sense of frustration. Our scientific knowledge of the circadian clock and circadian rhythm problems is solid and constantly growing. Our clinical techniques for dealing with these problems are proven and powerful. Yet the people who could benefit the most simply aren't aware of what we know and what we can do. This includes both those who are trying to overcome sleep and mood problems and those professionals who are trying to help them.
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Reset Your Inner Clock is my effort with Ian McMahan to solve that problem. It is, first of all, a clear, authoritative, and scientifically grounded account of chronobiology, the science that explores the role of light and the circadian clock in our daily lives. But beyond that, it shows how understanding this science, and acting on our understanding, can change our lives for the better by helping us improve our mood, energy level, and sleeping pattern. It lays out what we know about the particular circadian problems that may affect children, adolescents, and the aged, and puts forth specific ways these problems can be dealt with. People with depression, bipolar and sleep disorders, shift work problems, or jet lag recount their experiences with chronotherapy in their own words. Stepping into the future, the book suggests how the insights of chronobiology can help shape tomorrow's work schedules, education systems, and architectural practices to better our lives.