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Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health Hardcover – September 21, 2006

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Clinical psychologist Breus, WebMD.com's sleep expert, has reassuring news: the heavy sleep debt that most of us have racked up through years of high-stress, stimulant-filled living can be recouped. According to Breus, by calculating the amount of sleep needed and eliminating habits that conflict with a healthy sleep regiment and disrupt natural circadian rhythms, most people can achieve full, deep and restful sleep without pharmaceuticals; resist major diseases; lose weight; think more clearly; look younger; and improve their relationships and sex life. Even those who travel frequently or work on revolving shifts, Breus says, can implement simple strategies to get quality sleep. He offers a 28-night program in which readers go through "sleep boot camp," including a sleep diary, bedroom makeover, diet overhaul, exercise and relaxation techniques. By taking quizzes and examining lifestyles, readers will pinpoint obvious (anxiety, caffeine) and not-so-obvious (medications, hormones, confused body clocks) causes for insomnia and exhaustion. He discusses the pros and cons of taking medication, as well as the dangers of taking melatonin. Breus's enthusiasm for his subject is as attractive as his promises-and may make readers eager to do some hard work tackling stubborn habits that stand in the way of a good night's sleep.
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“Dr. Breus can show you how to get a restful night’s sleep and gain all the energy, focus, and productivity you need to live a balanced and successful life.”
—Jack Canfield, CEO, Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, and coauthor of The Success Principles™: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949794
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Talia Mana on February 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After more than 25 years of insomnia I've read my share of books on sleep and this is by far the best.

It provides a great guide to sleep hygiene which includes everything from choosing the best mattress, to sound proofing your room, developing good bedtime habits and understanding your own issues.

The book is full of handy quizzes that help you identify problem areas and provides comprehensive solutions for you to address these issues and get a good night's sleep. The book is full of examples and helpful tips and includes worksheets for you to record your sleep during the four week program.

If you're impatient to jump into the 4 week program you can start that immediately but I would strongly recommend reading the preceding chapters so you can eliminate problems from light, noise, pets, uncomfortable pillows and the like.

Good Night covers all the basics of getting a good night sleep, including recommendations on snacks to help you get to sleep and ideas for decorating your room to minimise distractions.

The book distinguishes between disordered sleeping and sleep disorders covering off the common sleep disorders and how they are diagnosed. The pros and cons of various remedies including sleeping pills and alternative remedies are also covered.

For anyone interested in weight loss or wanting to look younger or remove those black circles under the eyes, Good Night tells you why sleep might be interfering with your energy, appetite and appearance as well as providing guidelines to look and feel younger healthier and slimmer. What could be better?
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I thought I'd heard every statistic and help tip that existed re: sleep problems and sleep hygiene -- keep your room cold and dark, wear earplugs, etc. But refreshingly, this book had a few tips I hadn't seen or heard elsewhere -- including descriptions of several yoga-like relaxation and meditation exercises to help you unwind.

I'm particularly fond of the concept of a "power down hour" where you spend a full, committed hour to unwinding before bed. Though it sounds unrealistic in the modern world, that anyone would take a full hour to do this, the cool thing is that 1/2 of this wind-down hour is meant to be devoted to doing what the author calls "mindless chores" like folding laundry. Makes a lot of sense to me, to save these chores for late night, when doing them may actually help put you to sleep!

There are a lot of tips like this in the book. Highly recommended overall.
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Surely all of us, at one time or another, have gone a few rounds with insomnia. When you've had trouble sleeping, you drag yourself out of bed in the morning feeling all achy and exhausted, just as if you had been in the ring battling an opponent all night. In his book Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, Dr. Breus coaches you on all the effective ways to overcome insomnia - ways that many of us would never even think of! - and put it down for the count. I found his book expertly written in a conversational and friendly style with suggestions and instructions that are easy to understand and follow.

Part I of the book is called "Quick-Fix Sleep Solutions" and includes the first four chapters. You know what a bad night's sleep is, but what exactly is a good night's sleep? In chapter one, Dr. Breus explains enough about the science of sleep to give you a good foundation for understanding how and why a good night's sleep is necessary to feeling good and looking younger. Chapter two introduces you to the "Three Most Troublesome Culprits in Disordered Sleep...and How to Conquer Them." (If you guessed that caffeine is one of the three, you're right; however, the third culprit might surprise you!) The discussion in chapter three is about the people in your life - your partner, children, and business associates - and how you can manage the disruptions in sleep they may cause. Chapter four is "The Extreme (but Easy!) Bedroom Makeover" and is one of my favorite chapters. In it you learn how to make small changes in the bedroom that add up to a big difference, enabling you to improve your quality of sleep!

"Part II: From Waistlines to Face Lines: You Are What You Sleep" includes chapters five, six, and seven.
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I have never reviewed any products before, but, this book and the 28 day program has helped me so much that I felt I had to. I want as many people to know this book is out there and can help everyone who needs it.

-Barry
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I've been sleeping poorly for 30 years. Finally with more pain than I can handle I went to various doctors to get me started on a program to lose pain. I also knew my sleeping was terrible and partially because of that I was 40 pounds overweight.

My new doctors told me to lose weight and exercise. Easier said than done.

Went and got a book for an arthritis diet ( Mediterranean diet) and started exercising fast walks around the block with heavy hands weights. next bought an inverter table and tread mill. So I am exercising and lost 28 pounds. Still on diet 3 months...no processed foods. Will probably be on the rest of my life. Still bad sleep.

Bought Dr Breus book Good Night with the 28 day program. He is a PHD sleep doctor, so I figured why not.

His book is great and has lots of info to get started on a sleep program.

First thing I did was buy his monogrammed Latex Foam bed at Famous Tate to reduce pressure points. Helped relieve 20% of pain. Next bought two new pillows and eye sleeping patches/shades. Then put coatings on windows and darkened the room. Next plan to go to bed everyday the same time and get up same time ( 8 hours). No TV or computer in bedroom and no TV or computer during the "sacred" 1 hour before bed time. No eating 3 hours before bed time.

Getting up 2 times during the night to urinate. Possibly enlarged prostate. Now taking prostate supplements plus Dr Breus says if you have to get up during the night keep lights as low as possible and on for as short a time as possible. Scheduled for prostate and bladder biopsy.

So far maybe 10% better sleep. A small improvement but I hope to get even better sleep as I stay on the program longer.
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