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“In Goodnight Mind, Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber have taken the complex processes needed to establish consistently good sleep and laid out a straightforward set of easy-to-follow guidelines. Nothing is left out of this book—from understanding your body’s sleep clock to relaxation and quieting your mind. Carney and Manber have drawn on their years of clinical research experience to develop a rich and accessible resource for those struggling with this tenacious problem.”
Donn Posner, PhD, CBSM, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and coauthor of The Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia


“We live in a busy, mentally challenging world, and keeping an alert and active mind throughout the day helps us cope with and effectively meet the challenges we face. Unfortunately for the millions of folks with chronic insomnia, persistent thinking, worrying, or more general sleep-disruptive mental arousal serve as the crux of their chronic sleep problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective strategies for ‘putting the mind to bed’ and regaining the ability to sleep normally once again. Those strategies are clearly and comprehensively presented in this new self-help guide by Carney and Manber, two renowned experts in the area of insomnia treatment. This easy-to-read guide provides ten simple steps for keeping one’s mind out of the way of a good night’s sleep. I am certain that this guide will be a great aid to those who read it.”
Jack Edinger, PhD, professor and director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at National Jewish Health


"Carney (director, Sleep & Depression Laboratory, Ryerson Univ., Toronto) and Manber (director, Insomnia & Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Stanford Univ.) have written a book for patrons with sleep issues such as insomnia. They outline ten steps for stopping one’s thoughts from interfering with sleep. This book utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, a form of psychotherapy that developed from research on fatigue and sleep disorders. The ten chapters contain bulleted summaries for review. After the first chapter explains how to understand the sleep system, the majority of the book focuses on setting the stage for sleep, creating a “Buffer Zone” for dealing with your day, training on how to quiet your mind, and relaxation strategies. At the end of the book is a sleep diary. VERDICT Filled with practical, expert advice, this book will be of use to anyone suffering from insomnia or other sleep issues. An excellent fit for patrons vigilant about their health and well-being."
Library Journal, review by Rebecca Raszewski, University of Illinois, Chicago, April, 2013

About the Author

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She was a National Sleep Foundation Pickwick Fellow at Duke University Medical Center, where she was on faculty, and she founded the Comorbid Insomnia Clinic at the Duke Insomnia and Sleep Research Program. Carney is well-known for her publications in the area of insomnia and its relation to other disorders, most notably, depression, anxiety, and pain. She has made numerous presentations at national research conferences, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). She is the current president of the ABCT's Special Interest Group for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Currently, Carney is conducting research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, on treating insomnia in people with depression.
 
Rachel Manber, PhD, is professor at Stanford University and director of the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. She has treated hundreds of patients with insomnia, many of whom also have other medical or psychiatric disorders, and has trained physicians, psychologists, and nurses to treat insomnia without medication. A substantial portion of her research, funded by the National Institute of Health, focuses on the cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia. She has authored many papers in scientific journals and presented her work at scientific conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160882618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608826186
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this little book concise and clear in describing straightforward, easy to understand strategies to help with insomnia. I have to practice the exercises but the logic on how insomnia is maintained helped me understand the things I do to make insomnia worse. The idea about our natural "sleep driver" to regulate and return impoverished sleep to normal is fascinating. Prior to reading the book, I had a hunch about how sleep works but this book clearly explained the sleep system in a digestible format. Being a busy parent along with full-time work and school, I use bedtime to ponder things that I cannot get to think about during the day, and that can awaken a fatigued mind for hours. I found the section on tips to quiet the "overactive mind" quite useful. If sleep is troubling, this book is an excellent choice and highly recommended. Many suggestions can be applied right away. I'd much rather start with the suggestions in the book that have research behind them than go on potentially addictive pills and exotic potions as touted online.
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This book is a quick, easy read full of great tips that helped me to feel better rested. Not only did I learn things like what I should do when lying in bed unable to sleep (turns out it is the opposite of what I had been doing), but I also learnt *why*. After reading this book I feel I am in a better position to understand sleep and sleep habits and how my brain behaves before and during sleep. I am better able to problem-solve my own sleep problems. Unlike what you can read online, this book has been written by sleep experts who offer their advice in a well-organized coherent framework that make it easily understandable. You won't come away overwhelmed by thousands of things you gotta do. It makes getting better sleep easy. Worth the money, for sure.
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This little book has totally saved me. My busy brain just won't quit sometimes, and those times are usually when I'm trying to go to sleep. Goodnight Mind gave me some great advice on how get ready for "bedtime" and to just look at my insomnia in a different light. Now I can focus on all the stuff that really matters.
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I started reading this book, I have had major problems trying to sleep. But this book provides a very good base to start with simple changes, and suggestions, I haven't gotten past the self assm't but I'm really sleeping much better overall with only 1-2 sleepless nights a month max vs my usual before reading this book at least 2-3 nights a week. I also appreciate that I am not the only one out there who can't sleep, for some crazy reason I didn't realize there are a lot of people out there with the same issues.
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This book has good research-supported information, dispels several myths about sleep, provides wonderful strategies, and is easy to read so you can quickly resolve your sleep issues!
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First read about this book in a piece on "Ways to Sleep Better" on Oprah's website. I found it incredibly helpful, and particularly appreciated the mindfulness exercises. The section on fighting daytime fatigue helped me work out new patterns, and I've been sleeping better ever since. It's a good pocket-sized read that's perfect to keep on your bedside table.
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They start you out by having you record your sleeping pattern times. The numbers are important so you can create a plan to address your seep problems. One of the times you have to record is what time did you fall asleep. I tried to figure out to do that. Maybe like watching the clock to make sure I got that important number? I gave up on the book early, If I could have gotten that number I would have continued reading it. If someone has figured out how to do that, please write a review. Thanks
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I've read a lot of books on sleep. This one actually explained some concepts in a way that made something click for me, that sleep should be effortless. And that the body has a built-in mechanism called sleep drive that makes it possible for you to get quality sleep on a regular basis. It is worthwhile to do the 14-day sleep diary, even though it does seem a little confusing to try to track your sleep when you're losing consciousness at some random hour in the early morning! If you can get a general notion of how much sleep your body can get, then you can set up a schedule that works for you. What I really like is the focus on quality of sleep versus quantity. Even though it seems counter-intuitive to someone who struggles to sleep and has insomnia, spending a shorter amount of time in bed and getting up when you wake up even if it's at 4 AM in the morning does retrain your body to a more regular sleep schedule. It does take time and you do need to keep working on it, but this book was helpful and concise in a way that made a difference for me. If you have chronic insomnia, you may never be a good sleeper, but at least this book provides a structure and some tools that can help you sleep better over time. At any rate, any time you have a bad night, you can console yourself with the thought that you are building up an incredible sleep drive for the next night. :)
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