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Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening Paperback – January 1, 2006

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About the Author

Rubin R. Naiman is a psychologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's Health Sciences Center. As the sleep and dream medicine specialist for Dr. Andrew Weil's world renowned Program in Integrative Medicine, Naiman has developed the first truly integrative approach to sleep and dream health. Naiman is the sleep specialist at Miraval Resort, and is in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. He is also the author of The Sleep Advisor, a unique expert software system that evaluates and provides recommendations for addressing sleep disorders.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Syren Book Company (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929636538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929636535
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I heard an interview with the author of this book on the radio and immediately ordered it from Amazon. What caught my attention was his way of placing the problem of insomnia into a much wider context, even changing the way I thought about sleep in the short time of the interview. What intrigued me was that he compared the sleep/wake, day/night cycle to the classic Chinese Yin/Yang symbol, which has, in addition to the black/white shapes, a dot of white in the black shape, and a dot of black in the white shape. In pre-industrial times, when people slept and woke up in a more natural rhythm, there was a little piece of the night in the day - the afternoon nap or siesta. But most interesting, something I had never heard of before, was the little piece of day in the night - what was called the Watches, or the Night Watch. People would wake up in the middle of the night quite naturally for a few hours, and this was a time for meditation, prayer, and love-making. This natural rhythm of sleeping and waking at night was actually confirmed in a sleep study which demonstrated that when left to themselves, people have a first sleep of three to four hours, then a period of wakefulness, followed by a refreshing second sleep also three to four hours.

The book changed the way I ask questions about sleep - not, why can't I get to sleep, but also, do I really wake up fully, or am I in what the author calls a "daze," a state of artificial waking? How do I view sleep, is it part of the sacred and mysterious night or is it only taking the body off-line for required maintenance in order to assure its daytime productivity? He shows how the drive to be productive produces a mechanistic view of the body and robs the soul.
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Reading "Healing Night" was a blessed experience. Dr. Naiman's artful and sentimental writing style beguiles readers while they absorb vast amounts of technical science and advanced spirituality vital to their well-being.

Dr. Naiman is conversational, but scholarly. Poetic...yet prosaic. His strong, human, caring, and qualified voice effectively ushers readers into the life-threatening plight of our sleepless and dreamless world.

Throughout "Healing Night", Dr. Naiman gently weaves his ever important message of developing and maintaining healthy sleeping, dreaming, and waking patterns with personalized anecdotal threads. The results are a seemingly effortless and beautiful tapestry of the psychology, physiology, and spirituality necessary for readers to understand and overcome our cultural and sociological addiction to artificial light, sleeping pills and waking "aids".

"Healing Night" is a rare, masterful recipe for nursing our parched, exhausted, ignored, and overstimulated souls back to health. If you are serious about improving your relationship with sleep...or with yourself, "Healing Night" is the most comprehensive medical and spiritual manual that I have ever come across.
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Healing Night offers practical ways to combat sleep disorders. Dr. Naiman eschews approved FDA pharmaceutical sleep aids in favor of a natural approach. Some of the suggestions include using meditation and exercise to reduce stress levels. A must read self help book for anyone who has anxiety and insomnia. I rate it 5 Z's.
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This is a must read for anyone with sleep issues or a gift for someone you love. I'm very weary of medical model sleep hygiene advice and was initially resistant to one more person's good idea, however I couldn't put this book down, even tho I was on vacation and usually only want to read fiction. While the author does address the usual things like overuse of substances to quell our fears and emotional pain, the consequences of stress, too much or too little light, our speedy lifestyles, etc., he goes underneath our anxieties and looks at the deeper causes without judgement. He explores our fears of the dark that so many of us who were not well attached and secure as children never really resolved, whether we want to admit it or not. He really hits home when he discusses how unresolved anxieties that are tempting and sometimes easy to repress in the external focus of most of our lives come to visit us in those vulnerable moments between wake and sleep, causing difficulty in falling asleep and/or early AM wake ups. While I could go on with examples for days, suffice it to say that if you are willing to take a deep look at yourself, the meaning of your habits and find a gentle route to change, this is the book!!
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I bought this book thinking it would help me with my sleep problems. I thought it was a little complicated to understand and apply. It is about light and day and how we don't give ourselves enough down time and how, since electricity, we are able to lengthen our day as opposed to the old days when we were more adjusted to the rythm of night and day. There are some exercises at the end of the book. His view of modern life is also worth reading.
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I bought this book when I was trying to find my way out of a long chronic period of insomnia. Naiman's writing is engaging and easy to follow.. He brings up studies from across the science-of-sleep board, and delves into the Tibetan world of dreams as well as western interpretations. Partly as a result of reading this and and other books I came off sleeping drugs and started sharing what I had learnt. It remains on my shelf as a good reference for this subject.
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