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The Sleep Book: Understanding and Preventing Sleep Problems in People over 50 Paperback – September, 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins College Div (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0673248259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0673248251
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,969,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sleep problems are prevalent among Americans of all ages, affecting from 20 to 30 percent of the population. Difficulties in falling asleep at night or with inappropriate sleepiness during the day are especially troubling to the elderly and can result from lack of physical activity, side effects of medication, or complex physical disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy. Dr. Hartmann, author of several other books on sleep including The Nightmare ( LJ 5/1/85), has done extensive research on sleep and sleep disorders. Here he provides clear explanations of the processes that control sleep and differentiates between sleep problems that can be self-treated and those that require medical attention. Includes lists of sleep specialists and sleep centers. Karen McNally Bensing, Metro General Hospital, Cleveland
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was published in 1987. The latest sleeping pills for insomnia then were Big Pharma's dangerous Halcyon and natural Tryptophan. Melatonin is never mentioned in this book. I write about sleeping pills first because that's the usual convenient solution to getting a good night's sleep when insomnia arises, even though sleeping pills are not the truly healthy, long-term solution. Dr. Hartmann is interested in the long-term cures for insomnia and does not advocate drugs of any kind for remedy of insomnia, although he suggests Halcyon may be temporary remedy -- without knowing how dangerous Halcyon is.

Overall, the book offers a general and comprehensive overview of what causes insomnia, most of which is already perfectly obvious and common knowledge to people in their fifties and sixties. For many cases of insomnia that are intractable, the only advice Dr. Hartmann offers is to "seek professional help" and there are two Appendices in the back of the book that identify sleep disorder specialists and sleep disorder centers throughout the United States.

Generally, what the reader can pick up as useful information for remedying insomnia is not to drink alcohol excessively, particularly not to drink alcohol to fall asleep; the good doctor also suggests the drinker not drink before going to bed even if the individual is a light consumer of alcohol. Further, the physician provides the understanding that being active during the day often provides the individual a good night's sleep. While short naps during the day can be healthful, it's more important to do something more than sitting before TV all day. (This book is unaware that people might be sitting behind computers all day, too.
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