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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; First Edition edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399532978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399532979
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For insomniacs who don't want a cosmetic solution, this guide digs deeper, and is likely to get better, more permanent results." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Paul Glovinsky is the Clinical Director of the Capital Region Sleep/Wake Disorders Center in Albany, NY. He also maintains a private practice in New York City as a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. Glovinsky is an Adjunct Professor at The City College of the City University of New York and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television stories on topics ranging from sleep disorders to test anxiety.
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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Dr. Art Spielman was the psychologist at a sleep/wake disorder center I sent some patients to.
James Minard
This book does offer more suggestions and theories and I did find it useful - to help me understand why I was not sleeping and how to catch opportunities to sleep.
L. J. Hall
I must say its not much fun, but if you do suffer from insomnia and want to get a life, this is the book.
Sleepless in Soho

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on November 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have struggled with insomnia for years. My case is not as severe as some, but it reached the point where I usually would not get a complete night's sleep without sleeping pills. This book has given me a new way to think about sleep and some tactics for sleeping better.

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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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sleepless in Soho on January 17, 2006
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Having read many many many of the sleep books, this one is completely different for 2 reasons. First it is remarkably well written. Helps you actually understand what sleep is and how it works for you in an easy to read style. Second, the sleep restriction therapy actually works. Not a bunch of babble, but a straightforward approach that forces you back to good sleep. I must say its not much fun, but if you do suffer from insomnia and want to get a life, this is the book.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ssleepless in nyc nomore on March 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have had insomnia for the past twelve years trying every med for insomnia on the market. After reading The Insomnia Answer I was motivated to try sleep restriction therapy and it works and I sleep better than I have in many years and don't wake-up drowsy or feel at all drug-dependent. A brilliant and very useful book for anyone suffering from sleep deprivation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on August 24, 2008
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This book as recommended to me by a sleep therapist. It is well-written and easy to understand. After taking sleeping pills for 6 months, I am now using the ideas in this book to sleep chemical-free. I have already recommended this book to several friends.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RDH on February 8, 2010
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I have read many books on insomnia and improving sleep. As a chronically poor sleeper since childhood, most books have been unhelpful because they assume one's sleep difficulties are the result of poor physical or cognitive habits. But what if you already practice good sleep hygiene, exercise, eat right, avoid caffeine & alcohol, etc.? This book, like others, covers that same territory but goes further by recognizing that some people just have a weaker sleep drive (or stronger alerting system) that makes them inherently predisposed to insomnia. Finally someone is acknowledging a fact that I have personally known for years. Highly recommended for the problem sleeper.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on June 14, 2009
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This book helped me overcome a bout of insomnia that developed after the birth of my daughter. I had become so accustomed to waking 2 to 3 times in the night that once she started sleeping all the way through, I discovered that I could not. Functioning on poor quality and little quantity of sleep for over a year had me at the breaking point - and the tips in this book had me getting better sleep within a week. After a few weeks I was sleeping like a normal person again! I truly had forgotten what it was like to get a good night's sleep (and how I looked without dark rings around my eyes).
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By szj on January 3, 2006
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This new book addresses the growing Insomnia epidemic facing Western cultures. Our 24/7 society encourages less sleep and more work, for all ages. The Insomnia Answer is well written and creatively addresses the many variations of sleeplessness. The authors offer detailed behavioral treatment techniques that can be used effectively, step by step.

Health professionals will no doubt rely on this book for helping their patients and will prescribe the: Insomnia Answer as the first line treatment, rather than immediately writing a prescription for medication.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Minard on October 25, 2011
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This book contains the basic facts, significant findings and some new ways to look at the process of sleep and wakefulness. Dr. Art Spielman was the psychologist at a sleep/wake disorder center I sent some patients to. I often sat in on their case conferences. He regularly made good contributions. I've also read his book. It's up there with Peter Hauri's No More Sleepless Nights. One reviewer at least seems to have expected it to solve all problems. No, there are some problems no book will solve. Give the book a good try, keep good notes on the results and seek a qualified specialist if that doesn't work. For example, many with insomnia are depressed. Few books will solve that problem. A combination of cognitive therapy with (if necessary)antidepressant medication, may be required. Some who are treated with Dr. Spielman's sleep restriction may require emotional support from a spouse, friend or expert clinician. That therapy was Dr. Spielman's original contribution, so he can certainly write about it in an experienced way, but unreasonable expectations doom most treatment. Critics who claim, "I've read it all!" probably didn't read that part. The treatment of the interaction of sleep with wakefulness is unlike that of most books. If you have a problem with insomnia, sit up and read this book under the lowest possible light. If that doesn't help,you'll at least be informed when you seek help from a supportive, experienced, informed expert. Incidentally, look for certification as a sleep specialist by an organization of sleep specialists. Dr. Spielman has it.
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