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Sleep for Success! Everything You Must Know About Sleep But are Too Tired to Ask Paperback – January 28, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Second of all, this "method" isn't really that impressive as a method. In fact, the author only spends one single chapter on it. The first few chapters are about why you should be concerned about your sleep, which if you're considering this book you probably already know much of it. More interestingly, at least some of what is claimed about how sleep works and the effects seem to contradict descriptions by other neural-scientists and sleep specialists; not in any major way though. Following this pitch the author spends one chapter explaining what amounts to no more than, "Get to bed earlier." That's it...the major method. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier until you're not tired anymore.
Of course, the author spends a great deal of time explaining that people don't even know that their tired most of the time, so how do you know? You buy tools of course. Maybe a good idea, but one should be aware that this is the main pitch of the book.
The other secret, the great way to stop using the snooze button? Buy one of those clocks that runs away screaming. If you've not already seen it on thinkgeek or maybe here on amazon then this might be a new idea to you...I found it very anti-climactic. It's just a clock with wheels that starts running off in random directions while going off so you have to get up and hunt it down.Read more ›
Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.
Majority of the book is devoted to convincing readers that sleep is important. Guess what: someone who spends his time reading this book probably knows this already.
Another chunk of the book enlists some scientific facts about sleeping. That's somewhat informative to know that you have REM sleep, or slow-wave sleep, or whatever, but doesn't really lead to any conclusions either.
The rest of the book is an upsell for sleep clinics and sleep devices.
To be honest, I'm really surprised the book got so many good reviews. I think people just blindly follow one another.
Summary of all the practical advice found in the book:
1) sleep at least 8 hours, but maybe more if your personal needs are different
2) don't exercise or eat heavy meals before bed
3) cold temperature helps
4) darkness helps
Of all that, 3 was the only new piece of information for me.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make more money, be healthier, and enjoy life to the fullest. I read parts of it from time to time so I never go back to the man I once was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really only found the section on how to go about changing sleep times helpful. The rest I found myself skimming through.Published 1 month ago by Peg in FL
I guess it has everything you need to know about sleep but just okay for the writing. On the other hand maybe it was on purpose that the writing and the jokes would be so boring... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tony Saccardi
Excellent! Helped me greatly improve my sleeping and my energyPublished 8 months ago by Morris Stein
"Sleep for Success" is a great choice for those who are looking to learn the basics about sleep. It is a good starting place for those researching the importance of sleep and how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Texas2Step
I am sleeping a lot better with some of the advice from this bookPublished 18 months ago by Stephen D. Newfield
Sleep for success is a great book about maximizing your personal potential. The author made a great case for making sure you get adequate sleep. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ZBlanchard
I had already heard the author speak before buying the book. Entertaining and well informed and eye opening
Very interesting read on steps to sleep well and how sleep affects your body. I bought Dr. Maas' pillow (best pillow I've ever had) which led me to read his book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Debbie Suter
A quick read, action oriented suggestions, good advice with well documented science
Biggest challenge is that some of the products have left the market like xabo and lark