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""If you are one of the 100 million Americans suffering from poor quality sleep, Sound Sleep, Sound Mind provides a refreshing look at getting to the real solutions for our sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated, over-medicated, over-stressed, and exhausted society. Look no further to find the ways to address the root causes of your sleep problems."" —Mark Hyman, MD, author of the ""New York Times"" bestseller, UltraMetabolism and editor in chief of ""Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine""

""An excellent book that won't put you to sleep until bedtime--Sound Sleep, Sound Mind convinced me how important sleep is to good health. This is a wonderful treatment that teaches you how to identify and cope with feelings and emotions--one of the best, long-term remedies for insomnia."" —Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Professor of Psychology at York University and author of ""Emotion-Focused Therapy""

""At last, a book that addresses all the elements of sleep disturbances: biological, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive. Sound Sleep, Sound Mind will bring relief to the millions suffering from insomnia and other sleep ailments."" —Kenneth L. Lichstein, PhD, Professor of Psychology at The University of Alabama and Director of the Sleep Research Project
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Do you lie awake each night tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep or stay asleep? Are you tired of the quick-fix, over-the-counter, or prescription drug remedies that promise more than they deliver? If you're one of the millions who struggle with sleepless nights, you need to know that most people with insomnia or other sleep difficulties never receive the treatment that could finally put their problems to rest.

Now, one of the nation's pioneering sleep specialists, Dr. Barry Krakow, shares his unique seven-step program that targets the mental, emotional, and physical causes of your sleep problems. Using the combined natural and high-tech mind-body approach designed, personally tested, and used by Dr. Krakow himself, you will learn how to get the quality sleep you need and the rest you deserve. Based on scientific research and clinical expertise, Dr. Krakow's Sleep Dynamic Therapy program will forever transform the way you think and feel about insomnia or poor sleep.

At its core, Sleep Dynamic Therapy explains how the mind and body conspire to wreak havoc on the quality of your sleep. Contrary to conventional theories about stress and light sleep, most people who suffer from insomnia or poor sleep must address both psychological and physical factors to solve their sleep problems. These revolutionary ideas set Sound Sleep, Sound Mind apart from all other books.

Some of the immediate and long-term benefits you'll gain include an ability to fall asleep more quickly, fewer awakenings at night, greater ease returning to sleep if awakened, more solid hours of sleep each night, and less daytime sleepiness and fatigue. You'll also reap additional rewards, including enhanced mental and physical health, greater powers of concentration, and a more stable mood, all of which arise from increasing the quality of your sleep. No other book provides you with as much insight and instruction on how to take control of your sleep problems, conquer your insomnia, and gain the quality sleep you might have once thought unimaginable.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471650641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471650645
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Krakow graduated magna cum laude from the U. of Maryland School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at University of New Mexico Hospital. He completed a mini-fellowship program in sleep medicine at Stanford U. Sleep Disorders Center. He is board certified in internal medicine (1986) and sleep medicine (1994). Currently, he is the medical director of Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd, and principal investigator at the Sleep & Human Health Institute.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book to help with just about any sleeping problem.
Von Trullinger
Dr. Krakow has written an outstanding resource for behavioral health professionals who treat individuals suffering from sleep disturbances.
Bret A. Moore
It's hard to summarize all the things I have incorporated into my life after reading this book.
N. Teague

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Gedden on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This masterful book is scholarly, practical, and caring.

Among the many practical ideas given for sound sleep, I will mention three that I found especially helpful. First, the very obvious suggestion to get up during the night to read or do something else enjoyable when one cannot sleep. Now instead of lying there and telling myself that I can't afford the time to get up because I need my sleep, I get up and find myself much more rested the next day for having done so.
The idea of wearing a retainer of some kind to help relax the jaw and to prevent gnashing teeth is very helpful. And the knowledge that there are Positive Air Pressure masks available for those who have breathing problems is invaluable.

Dr. Krakow devoted chapters to feelings and their relationship to sleep.
What I especially found beneficial is the idea of pausing a moment to acknowledge my feelings to myself as I go through the day, not trying to analyze or judge them, but to simply acknowledge them, since feelings that have been allowed to build can make for sleepless nights.

And what I found most helpful is this: that when I cannot sleep because of racing thoughts and racing feelings, there is a technique called Imaging, such as picturing a peaceful moment from childhood or a beautiful nature scene and holding that in mind. It calms the thoughts and feelings and can give the peaceful feeling of sleep.

I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Teague on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I met Dr. Krakow several years ago when I self-referred myself to his practice after seeking to find someone to help me with my sleep disorder. One of the first things Dr. Krakow pointed out to me was concerning sleep hygiene. Learning how to write things down on a pad of paper sometime early in the evening before bedtime and leave them there, or not watching the clock or time monitoring at night are two examples in Dr. Krakow's book, "Sound Sleep, Sound Mind" that have proven to be nuggets of truth that have helped me with my sleep disorder. These and other recommendations like them were very helpful to me. Learning to sense feelings and not ignore them is another very important aspect of good sleep hygiene I have learned from Dr. Krakow's book. I think this is the most important aspect of learning about sleep issues for me. It was good to be reminded, "human emotion is to protect you to insure your survival, safety and security." It was also very important to learn that there is also a physical component to a sleep disorder. It's hard to summarize all the things I have incorporated into my life after reading this book. I think the consciousness-raising aspect of the books is what strikes me as the most important thing about it. Relearning some things and incorporating them to improve my quality of sleep, becoming more in touch with my emotions and not over thinking things has been very helpful to me in my search for good quality sleep. Thank you, Dr. Krakow, for your caring, concern, and dedication in helping those of us who dare to sleep, perchance to dream.

Nancy
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Skrzypek on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having been plagued by physical problems (those which I won't discuss in this public forum) and having a general distaste for the medicated state of society, it was a relief to know that alternatives were out there. I'm not going to say that this book will change your life, but it will help anyone who is sincere in their desire to get sound sleep. Honestly
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sperling on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Krakow has written an incredible book. SOUND SLEEP, SOUND MIND is jam-packed with information, some of it surprising, and covers a wide range of ground. The approach is especially welcome in this age of over-medication.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Dan Penner on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have had trouble sleeping for a number of years. I was introduced to this book and it has literally changed my life. I sleep better, have more understanding about the interplay between sound sleep and emotional health. Through his research and his own experience with sleep problems, Dr. Krakow, has taken a different approach, challenging the paradigm that sleep problems are an ancillary problem rather than a key indicator of the need to solve emotional and trouble thinking. Solve the sleep problems and PTSD and the emotional problems are also settled. I like the book and highly recommend it to anyone having sleep problems. A new paradigm with practical solutions to settling the mind, so the body can rest!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms S. L. Stephens on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read dozens of books during the many years I suffered with insomnia. Unfortunately, during that time I never came across Barry Krakow's book. Unfortunate because if I had done, I think it may really have helped me to overcome my problem sooner. This is a very, very clever book written by someone who seems to have a proper understanding of insomnia and, unusually, the precise details of the strange process of falling asleep. I haven't seen another book which has even attempted to really describe this almost mystical process. Because of this, I find many insomnia books lacking.

Be warned, this is a tough read. Great if you like a book to get your teeth into.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James D. Bates DDS MD on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"What a remarkable introduction to the world of sleep disorders for the lay person. Dr. Krakow has captured the vital essence of this complex world and translated it into clear English without dumbing it down. As a surgeon who has had the pleasure of working with Barry, I can only vouch for his unparalleled attention to detail and patient-centered focus.

Jim Bates, D.D.S., M.D.
Dallas, Texas"
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