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The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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“Ably marries science with a doctor’s advice.”—Publishers Weekly
"This book introduces readers to the topic of sleep, raises awareness of the effects of sleep disorders on people’s lives, and empowers people to use the tools in the book to recognize sleep problems and to seek help."—Ermal Bojdani, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
“Dr. Kryger, winner of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, beautifully describes the enigmatic nature of human sleep from birth through retirement. A must-read for all sleepers!”—Lauren Hale, Editor-in-Chief, Sleep Health
“This readable book fills an important gap in the popular literature about sleep. Dr. Kryger brilliantly provides patient stories, the background science, and solutions for those suffering from a wide range of these mysterious disorders.”—Max Hirshkowitz, Baylor College of Medicine, author of Sleep Disorders for Dummies
“Meir Kryger is the oracle when it comes to the conundrums of when, why, and how we sleep. I cannot recommend him highly enough.”—Dotun Adebayo, BBC Radio 5
"Sleep is vital to health and well-being. In The Mystery of Sleep, Dr. Meir Kryger, one of the foremost authorities on sleep and sleep disorders, shares his experience, knowledge, and wisdom, showing that if we’re going to truly thrive, we must begin with sleep."—Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
About the Author
- Publisher : Yale University Press (March 21, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0300224087
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300224085
- Item Weight : 1.46 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.12 x 1.12 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are some general interest comments about sleep but for the most part it is very medically focused. There definitely is a lot of really good information in this book that might alleviate some folks concerns regarding sleep and health, such as the fact that 8 hours of sleep is an average - some folks need less and others more, the average person looking for a general book on sleep may not be seeking such a strong medical focus. (Although since it's written by an MD it should make some folks expect the medical focus).
I was disappointed that there wasn't really a sociological/historical/cultural section or aspect to the book, as that can be very relevant for folks today. He does mention that folks tended to go to sleep when it was dark and rise when the sun came up pre-electricity. However, there is much more to the social/cultural aspects of sleep than just that.
I do like that he addresses lack of sleep and how that can make mood, depression and mental health issues worse, as well as stress and worry can impact the quality of your sleep so that a person can get caught in a cycle where the lack of sleep impacts the mood and the mood decreases the amount and quality of sleep. I think this is important for folks to know.
One historical fact that I wish he'd included is the fact that we've not always slept solid through the night and night waking can be normal for some folks. Historically we've had first and second sleep, meaning you sleep for several hours then awake for a few hours in the night (say from 1am - 3am for example) then go back to sleep for several more hours. This was understood as normal in many cultures in the past and many people would even get together and visit during that night-waking time. I've found that telling people (who are worried about their night waking) about the history of first and second sleep can help normalize their night waking for them and really reduce their stress and worry. Often they can then adjust their routines to expect it and be okay with it. It doesn't always last long-term and can be for just a few weeks or months ( some people may go back and forth between this and regular "through the night" sleeping). Often folks are more likely to have night waking, aka first and second sleep, if they've got many things on their mind. I know that sometimes my best ideas or figuring out solutions to a problem comes to me in the night or early morning right after waking, so perhaps this is a way some of us sort things out.
SUMMARY: Good book if you're a lay person looking for medical information on sleep, sleep disorders and treatments.
The author, Dr. Kryger, has a conversational, easy-to-follow style and a gentle, refreshing sense of humor. “Mystery” is a pleasant read: It's not a page-turner, but it's not boring either. It covers many aspects of sleep and sleep issues, including: why we sleep/how much we need, sleep problems and their treatments, the effects of mental/physical illness and medications on sleep, and what happens at a sleep clinic. Each chapter begins with a mystery that Dr. Kryger has encountered and ends with it's solution, adding some suspense and human interest to the information.
I highly recommend “The Mysteries of Sleep.” I, personally, learned a few things that surprised me, and I became more aware of my sleep health. Sleep is, after all, a hugely important part of our lives as well as, believe it or not, a very interesting subject!
In a clear and accessible style, Meir Kryger describes the symptons of sleep problems for children, women, men and older people. He first focuses on the specific age groups and genders and the possible sleep problems that they might have and then deals with each sleep problem in detail again. He also gives tips on how to best communicate a sleep problem to your doctor and how to identify a well-trained sleep doctor. Additionally, he provides an overview about diseases and medications that may cause sleep disorders and sums up the different medications and natural treatments that are available to treat sleep disorders. There are also some examples for questionnaires to get a first clue whether one might have a sleep disorder or not.
The book is repetitive at some points, but I think that this is a huge advantage rather than a disadvantage. This allows for looking up sleep disorders that occur in a certain age group or only specific sleep problems without having to read the whole book without having problems to understand the terminology or having to look up a definition.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I learnt a lot through reading it. I would recommend this to anyone who's interested in sleep disorders or is looking for help. This book does a great job and provides information and advice for the whole family.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher.