In a self-help book designed to prevent (not produce) yawns, Canadian freelance writer Morgan offers sensible sleep advice for insomniacs and shift workers. His offbeat occupational background--RAF radar operator, deckhand on a Swedish freighter, and Canadian mine geologist--gives him a personal stake in an often ignored health problem. His seven-step approach starts with recognition and analysis of an individual's sleep problems; considers physical factors, drugs, and psychological "sleep wreckers" ; maps the sleep consequences of various shift-work systems; and discusses napping as "an essential survival skill." Particularly useful are Morgan's emphasis on the interaction of sleep needs, work schedules, and family life, and the "Forty sleep problems and solutions" summary that ends this informative volume. Mary Carroll
About the Author
David Morgan, who has worked odd, often grueling hours at radar installations, on ships, and in mines, understands the special psychological, social, and physical problems associated with working a rotating schedule. He draws from his own experiences and from current sleep and shift-work research.