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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Revised edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089585
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

First-time authors Jacobs and Wiedman bring two complementary and responsible viewpoints to the topic of insomnia. Both have suffered from insomnia, write extensively about the ineffectiveness and sometime harmful consequences of sleeping pills, and suggest starting treatment by keeping a sleep diary. Jacobs, a professor at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Behavioral Medicine Insomnia Program, promotes a drug-free program of healthy sleep patterns based on biofeedback, relaxation, positive thinking, and good sleep habits. Wiedman, a mortgage broker by trade, suggests a very simple three-step plan. While the two books offer similar information, Jacobs's scholarly manner will satisfy those looking for an authoritative answer, while Wiedman's more informal approach will appeal to readers seeking something more personal; Wiedman also includes an excellent annotated list of Internet resources. Both titles are highly recommended for growing consumer health collections, but librarians should be aware that other recent works on this topic by Theresa DiGeronimo, Jodi Mindell, and Gary Zammit (LJ 6/1/97) may already be on the shelves.?Kelly Hensley, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Gregg Jacobs's book is a medical miracle- a breakthrough program with the scientifically proven power to help you sleep again." -- Dr. Joan Borysenko, author of the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"In Say Good Night to Insomnia, Dr. Jacobs clearly tells you what to do about insomnia and how to do it. In a user-friendly, practical, organized fashion, he expertly guides you through a six-week program for overcoming insomnia. You will also find that Say Good Night to Insomnia is more than just a book on insomnia; it is about improving yourself and your life. His program represents not only the future treatment of insomnia; it is the approach that should be adopted by all health care practitioners. Insomniacs everywhere finally have a safe, highly effective alternative to sleeping pills. I am confident that this program will change your life as it has for so many of Dr. Jacobs's patients." -- Dr. Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and author of The Relaxation Response and Timeless Healing --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs is an Insomnia Specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a leading authority on the treatment of insomnia. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jacobs developed the first drug-free insomnia program proven more effective than sleeping pills in research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Visit his website and learn more about his CBT insomnia program at www.cbtforinsomnia.com.

Customer Reviews

Simply reading the book will not help.
La Flaca
I have read volumes of books and have scoured the internet for useful information about how to break the cycle of insomnia and have never found much help.
Jennifer
My doctor recommended that I get Dr. Jacobs' book for my insomnia.
P. Giles

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

202 of 207 people found the following review helpful By Beanhauer on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on a recommendation from a February 22, 2005 article on Slate by Amanda Schaffer. If it wasn't for this recommendation, I'm not sure I would have kept reading after the first chapter. The book is full of exclamation points, oversimplification and glib promises. Very "self help"y.

So why 5 stars? Because I have slept deeply all night every night since I read the book. I was coming off the worst bout of insomnia of my life...several weeks at 3 hours or less per night. I planned to start the first week of the program, a sleep diary, the next night I slept badly. It hasn't happened. For me, just having read the program and realizing the simple changes I could make seems to have done the trick. And if my sleep problems resume, I feel confident that pursuing the six week program faithfully would solve the problem.

The author is condescending, overly perky, and seems to be writing for an IQ level of about 87. But if you have a serious insomnia problem, I recommend you get past the style and try out the substance. I'd read a lot more annoying books if I knew I'd sleep well afterward.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Zenon W. Pylyshyn on April 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I took this book back. A book that spends as much time as this one telling you how good it (and the author) is turns me off. It presents research findings as though they are rumors, with no mention of the source. There's not even an index to look up topics. There are very much better books on this topic. The factually best is by William Dement -- the founder of the field of sleep medicine ("The Promise of Sleep"). A more accessible one is by Hairi & Linde, "No More Sleepless Nights."
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I cannot praise this book enough for what it has done for me. My insomnia affected me so deeply I became depressed and truly believed I was going to die.

I was using a LOT of sleeping pills to little effect and I was afraid that they would lead to more severe problems down the road. So I scoured the internet for another cure and found, "Say Good-night to Insomnia".

I'm extremely skeptical about everything, and when this book said that my it could change my negative thoughts into positive ones and help me sleep better, I didn't believe it. But I had absolutely NOTHING to lose and, out of desperation, I decided to give it a try.

I followed this book religiously (ignoring the ridiculous and useless anecdotes) and my sleep started to improve almost instantly. Before using this book I slept about two hours every night with a couple of nights of absolutely NO sleep what-so-ever thrown in here and there.

After a couple of days of using this book I found falling asleep easier (I'd fall asleep within one and a half to two hours), but I was still waking up several times throughout the night and found it difficult to fall back asleep. And I still had some nights of sleeplessness, but I was extremely excited about the small improvement.

Over the next couple of weeks falling asleep became easier and easier and I'd only have a couple of nights of insomnia during the week. But during the nights when I did get sleep my "wake-ups" became shorter and I found it easier to fall back asleep (usually within 20 to 30 minutes).

During the next month and a half the "wake-ups" themselves started to slowly subside. I'd wake up around five times a night in the beginning, then a few days later only four, and another few days later only three.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful--I finished it in 2 days! It is a very easy-to-read explanation of the physiology of sleep, why we lose it, and how we can get it back. The techniques Dr. Jacobs describes to stop insomnia are easy to follow (although they do take patience and persistence) and really make sense. And, best of all, this program works!!! I suffered from insomnia for over 16 years, and I never thought I would be free of endless days and nights worrying about sleep. To my amazement, the night following the day I started reading the book, I fell asleep within 10 minutes! Unheard of for me! And, I wasn't even employing any of the techniques suggested in the book yet. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to all insomniacs who suffer from constant anxiety about sleeping as I did, and wish you endless nights of restful sleep!
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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful By M. Freeman on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has been immensely helpful for me and my understanding of why I have always had so much trouble with sleep. Dr. Jacobs sets the record straight on a number of sleep myths but can be repetitive when he is trying to make a point. For example, he drones on for 16 pages about how sleeping pills will do more harm than good. This may be an effort to extend the length of this book.

Instead of providing us with a 200 page verbose browbeating the author would have better served us with a concise text that could have easily been less than 100 pages. And also, when he is trying to prove a point, Dr. Jacobs will cite some vague statistic. When trying to prove the effectiveness of his "Relaxation Response," or "RR" for short, the author says, "Dozens of scientific studies have proven that the RR is an effective treatment for insomnia," and that is it. If he's not going to be specific, why bother mentioning it at all.

As for the "6-week solution" this book provides, it seems to have been added as an afterthought. The 6 week program consists of keeping a sleep diary for 6 weeks. That's it. The point, of course, is to try to find a connection between what you did to help yourself sleep and how much you slept, but don't buy this book looking for a miracle 6 week cure.

In the end I still recommend this book to anyone with sleep trouble. There are some incredibly useful things in this book that make trudging through it worthwhile.
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