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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452037760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452037769
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. James B. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, professor and past chairman of psychology at Cornell University, and professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nationAEs outstanding educator in psychology. He is the cofounder of Sleep for Success, a consulting company that provides sleep and performance education to corporations, educational institutions, and professional athletic franchises. He is one of the nationAEs most sought-after speakers, and has presented to major corporations, medical organizations, and sports teams such as the New York Jets and the Orlando Magic. Rebecca Scott Robbins, B.S. Cornell University, served as instructor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, is a PhD candidate in communications at Cornell University, and is cofounder of Sleep for Success.

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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.

Customer Reviews

A very helpful book.
Pauline E Housenga
The Book Came bit bent into the bag, Reading the Book, i have realised that we can be success beging from the bed!
Everyone, young and old, should read this book!
susan hinton

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67 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Noah Roberts on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First of all, buyers should know that "Sleep for Success" is a brand apparently owned by Dr. Maas. The book describes a "method" of improving sleep that doesn't require anything, but it does point out various items to buy.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dogwalker bliss on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are numerous books out there now regarding sleep. This is the best so far. Dr. Maas is an expert in the field (he wrote an earlier book and has been acting as a sleep "missionary" for years.) This book must be the culmination of his life's experience understanding sleep's challenges and figuring out ways to improve one's sleep. He relies on his own studies on sleep behavior and on the medical/scientific communities' newest finds to give readers a look at the dangers of poor sleep, the architecture of sleep, and the particular issues faced at all stages of life -- birth, teenage years, adulthood and old age. There's a chapter on each, full of vital information and procedures for improving sleep. Some of the new findings are mind-boggling. For example, teenagers to approximately 25 years of age should be getting 9.25 hours of sleep EVERY night! Moreover, their biorhythms are programmed so that the best time for this age group to go to sleep is in the wee hours of the morning, with a wake-up around 10 or 11 am. Maas notes ways schools are coping with this reality. Other chapters cover in detail shift work, jet lag, women and sleep,sleep disorders and the validity of sleep drugs. Maas emphasizes everything from the importance of mattress and pillow, portable light pads to counter jet lag, the utility of the nap, to serious medical disorders like sleep apnea. A self-survey helps the individual reader understand his/her current sleep habits. There's also a rating system for many products designed to improve sleep, a section of Qs and As, an annotated bibliography and even jokes to make us smile. "Sleep for Success" is very reader-friendly; its practical emphasis on helping strategies is outstanding, placing it at the head of the class for works on this critical topic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I decided to read this book after experiencing some problems with sleeping. My creativity and ability to cope with stress deteriorated, so I decided to learn more about sleeping well. Comparing a few books, I decided this was going to be exactly what I need: a scientific guide to improving your sleep habits.
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JR on December 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A fast-moving, entertaining,& informative synopsis
of the mechanics of sleep & how to receive enough of it.

The reliable information in this book is a result of
years of controlled studies & research by a distinguished,
award-winning professor & soughtafter speaker in the corporate &
athletic world. His presentations to various groups ranging from the
Navy War College to Olympic athletes, schools, football teams and health caregivers,
have drawn raves. His documentary films on drunk driving, falling asleep
at the wheel, & even in the cockpit of a major airliner have proven
instrumental in reducing fatalities & the potential for accidents
& all around poor performance. TV networks approach & feature him as did
Oprah when she gave Maas an hour to present his first book. His sense of
humor is appealing, & he brings otherwise occasional dry scientific material to life.
He convinces a skeptical audience. holds one's attention, & brings laughter
& gratitude--check out raves from well known individuals.

Throw away your sleeping pills, rid yourself of stress, jet lag,
fatigue, & lack of energy. Maas will tell you how to add an hour if you sleep less than seven or

The added hour (the chapter illustrating its effect confirms
its value) will reward you with renewed focus, ability to concentrate at 100% capacity & cope with life's challenges.
It'll leave you with endless energy for the other 16 hours for your work & recreation.

--& superflous energy with which to serve the less fortunate & contribute to a better world.


A good one hour read & reference, & a great gift for a sleep deprived friend or associate, an exhausted
job seeker,or even someone who wants a better golf or tennis game.
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