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The Insomnia Answer: A Personalized Program for Identifying and Overcoming the Three Types ofInsomnia Paperback – December 5, 2006
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About the Author
Dr. Arthur Spielman is recognized as one of the foremost experts on insomnia in the world. A Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Spielman has been a consultant on insomnia to the National Institutes of Health for over twenty years. He is Professor of Psychology at The City College of the City University of New York and Associate Director at the Sleep Disorder Centers at New York Methodist Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has also provided public education about sleep.
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The authors are experienced clinicians who have studied sleep patterns for years, and use that information to treat patients. I will summarize the main points that directly relate to improving your sleep:
1. Understand how sleep and waking times are driven by two independent forces in your physiology. When these two forces get out of sync, insomnia is often the result. This model breaks away from the old - "you get tired then you get some sleep to get refreshed and start over" - view we all understand. Sleep and waking cycles are more subtly connected. Understanding the overlap and "waves" of these forces in our bodies is a helpful new way to think about sleeping problems. This is the model coming from the extensive clinical experience of the authors.
2. It is helpful to categorize your insomnia into 1) trouble getting to sleep 2) trouble staying asleep, and 3) broken sleep all night. This is not new, but the treatments coming from the sleep/wake cycles model combine with this categorization. There is also good information about how issues such as depression, shift work, breathing difficulties and others can bring about specific patterns.
3. There are some "sleep hygiene" practices you need to follow for better sleep. Most of these are pretty well known - avoiding caffeine, exercising at sensible hours (not too late), not depending on sleeping pills, avoiding excessive napping, etc. These are reviewed and shown how they can disrupt the sleep/wake cycle
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helped me so much alleve my anxiety around insomnia, and understand ways to cope with it.Published 3 months ago by mae zimmer
This is a good book. It is easy to read, has practical and helpful information. But what it helped me realize is that I didn't have insomnia according to this book's information. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JC
It is helpful. It has very good tips to help getting good habits to prepare a better sleep.Published 10 months ago by Andrée Girouard
If you have suffered from insomnia, you need to read this book.The brain has separate areas for helping us stay alert and separate areas that allow us to sleep. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joan Cassens
I read this book in around 3 days. It totally opened my eyes to how sleep works. I had already stopped caffeine and alcohol intake and a few other suggestions that Paul made. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Boughton
When dx with sleep apnea, I had already read so much about sleep hygiene, I really thought there was no new information out there. Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. J. Hall
Great book! I saw a sleep specialist and she told me to do the exact same things in this book. I battled insomnia after my first born and it took me a solid year to be 'cured'. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Lindsey