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Sleep Disorders For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Max Hirshkowitz , Patricia B. Smith , William C. Dement
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Book Description

When the last dinner dishes have been put away and the evening news is over, most of us think about going to bed. But for the millions who suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, going to bed doesn’t necessarily mean going to sleep. And for millions more who experience occasional sleep disturbances, nighttime might not be such a picnic, either.

Now there’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you get a good night’s rest.  Sleep Disorders For Dummies is for anyone who has trouble sleeping—or has a loved one who suffers from a sleep disorder. Written by a sleep specialist and a medical reporter, this no-nonsense guide helps you:

  • Prevent and manage sleep disorders
  • Improve your sleep habits
  • Find relief from your symptoms
  • Ask your doctor the right questions
  • Enhance the quality of sleep

This fact-packed guide walks you through the different types of sleep disorders, includin g sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome. You’ll discover the causes and symptoms of each disorder, the various medical conditions that can disrupt sleep, and the most common treatments. Plus, you’ll see how to use good nutrition and exercise to promote sounder sleep and avoid known sleep disrupters such as caffeine and problem foods. The authors also give you solid, reassuring advice on:

  • Finding the right doctor to diagnose and treat your sleep disorder
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Turning your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary
  • Choosing between the different types of sleep clinics
  • Handling sleep disorders in children

Featuring savvy tips on preventing jet lag, sleeping well if you work the night shift, and getting kids to bed without fuss, Sleep Disorders for Dummies will help you get your zzzzzzzzs!

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"Die Autoren decken in dem englischsprachigen Buch ... die wichtigsten Themen der Schlafmedizin ab. Es ist leicht zu lesen, die Kapitel sind verstandlich geschrieben und durch Randnotizen sinnvoll gegliedert ... Zusammenfassend ist das Buch eine exzellente Zusammenstellung schlafbezogener Erkrankungen, in dem der Schwerpunkt auf der Klinik der Erkrankungen liegt. Somit dient es Patienten, uber ihre Erkrankung mehr zu erfahren. Arzten hilft es, ihre Patienten besser zu verstehen. Dem schlafmedizinisch versierten Mediziner bietet es einen hervorragenden Einstieg in die Welt des Schlafes und sollte daher in dessen Bucherregal nicht fehlen."
SomnoJournal, 01/05

From the Back Cover

Covers insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs

Improve your sleep habits, manage stress, and get your zzzzzzzzs

Can’t sleep? Not sleeping soundly? This reassuring guide offers solid advice on the different sleep disorders and what you can do to get a good night’s rest. From narcolepsy to night terrors, you’ll see how to prevent and manage sleep problems and get proper treatment. There are also savvy tips on preventing jet lag and getting kids to bed without fuss.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Get an accurate diagnosis
  • Find relief from your symptoms
  • Locate a sleep lab
  • Handle your child’s sleep disorder
  • Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary

Product Details

  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z7J924
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non Sleep Inducing October 23, 2005
By mrfnb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book "Sleep Disorders for Dummies" is like the other Dummies books in that it takes a rather difficult subject and makes it a easy for a normal person to understand. It fairly completely (at least for non medical professionals) covers the range of sleep problems from Insomnia to Narcolepsy with stops at other problems like Sleep Apnea.

I was acquainted with some of the material before, but found this book to be easy to read and understand. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know about sleep problems.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the title says! July 9, 2006
Very helpful. Very simple. Helps patients quickly identify the problems they're having. The simple steps recommended for finding the appropriate sleep lab are helpful. For those who haven't been through it before, not all sleep labs are created equal! Neither are all CPAPs! Take a look at this book to get background information on how to make THE RIGHT decisions!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep deprivation can mimic mental illness. October 6, 2007
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Excellent book, often times sleep disorders are mistaken for "mental illness" ... Schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression ... you name it.

An often overlooked point is the pre-mature babies of the world, they may tend to have a more sensitive nervous system then "normal" babies. And also "Big Babies" regardless to whether they are premature can have rather serious medical issues.

BIG BABY SYNDROME - Is sometimes used synonymously with Large For Gestational Age, or is otherwise defined as a fetus that weighs above 4000 grams (8 lb 13 oz) or 4500 grams (9 lb 15 oz) regardless of gestational age.

Also some biological problems such as a deviated septum may be responsible for some sleep disorders. Sleep apnea and other breathing problems can create havoc on daytime energy levels.

Some of the topics covered in the book:

JACTATIO CAPITIS NOCTURNA - Swinging or banging of the head before or during sleep, or in the phase between these two states.

PAVOR NOCTURNUS (Night Terror) - A night terror, also known as pavor nocturnus, is a parasomnia sleep disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. The subject wakes abruptly from the fourth stage of sleep, with waking usually accompanied by gasping, moaning, or screaming. It is often impossible to fully awaken the person, and after the episode the subject normally settles back to sleep without waking. A night terror can occasionally be recalled by the subject. They typically occur during non-REM sleep. ... a person can always stick a voice activated tape recorder near their bed to see if any bizarre "conversations" occur at nighttime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome information January 11, 2007
The book was informative and easy to understand. The author seemed sensitive to the suffering of patients with sleep disorders. He seemed like the answer to long suffering. The information from the book filled in the gaps for question I've had for many years. I was so excited I decided to look up Dr.Hirshkowitz for consultation. After two over night sleep studies, Dr. Hirshkowitz is nowhere to be found,no consultation. The clinic's push is to purchase a sleep machine.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its about sleep disorders ... August 7, 2005
Well ... I will admit that the so-what factor is at an all-time high.

Give this book a chance, see beyond the title.

I'm sure that the fully illustrated and annotated ¨Cultivating and Harvesting Mind-Altering Plants for Dummies¨ would get a lot more hits.

However, this book lists the sleep disorders that are common today, and describes them in adequate detail. This book made me aware of the symptoms and the potential danger of Sleep Apnea. He also goes into more benign problems, such as insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, narcolepsy and hypersomnia.

He presents ideas on what habits and lifestyles lead to sleep problems like insomnia; he also offers reasonable solutions to them.

This book would be helpful to anybody who takes care of themself or anyone else, like a child, a spouse or an older relative. He presents a series of symptoms that are tell-tale signs of a parasomnia, such as sleep-walking, talking, or even sleep-eating. (He calls that syndrome the 'midnight raider'.) He also includes pediatric sleep disorders.

He lists sleep disrupters, that is, bad habits that interfear with sleep. He also gives advice on how to turn your room into a sleepie-paradise. No sleep disorder mentioned is incurable.

In general good book, my only complaint is his implication that the night-owl or the night-shift worker has a sleep disorder. This isn't an ideal world.
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