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Power Sleep : The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance Paperback – December 9, 1998
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Where you start reading this book will probably say a lot about your current station in life. New parents will probably skip right to chapter 12 and the section subtitled "Tips for Exhausted Parents of Newborns, Infants, and Children." Drowsy office workers might go for chapter 9, which explores the subject of midday naps (which may reduce stress and the risk of heart disease). Other chapters look at traveling (driving, jet lag), shift work, and insomnia and other sleep disorders. Dr. James Maas has spent 34 years lecturing to drowsy psychology undergraduates at Cornell University, and knows how to hold an audience--even when the subject is sleep, and even when the conclusion is that most of us don't get enough of it. This is a fascinating book; you'll want to take it in slowly and then sleep on it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Why you need a good night's sleep.
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... If you understand exactly what the brain accomplishes during various stages of a night’s sleep and what your individual sleep requirement is, you’re in a position to become a very different person. People who learn about sleep come to value sleep and adopt better sleep habits. After a few weeks they discover, perhaps for the first time, what it really feels like to be fully alert all day long. Their increased efficiency gives them enough hours in the day to work, and to play. They become better spouses, better parents, and better in their careers. They become more energetic, healthier, more successful, and happier with their lives. That’s life as it should be.”
~ Dr. James B. Maas from Power Sleep
It’s super important. And, in today’s hyper-busy world, it’s easy to overlook its importance. There’s some odd quasi-heroic ideal associated with *not* getting sleep. Weird.
The fact is we are wired to sleep a LOT more than we do. It’s quite obvious that if we want to optimize our lives, we need to prioritize our sleep!
Who better to help us do that then Cornell Professor James Maas—one of the world’s leading authorities on sleep?!
I’m excited to explore some of the Big ideas:
1. Sleep Is Powerful - Even more so than you may think.
2. How About You? - Getting enough sleep?
3. Sleeping Ten Hours - Yah. Every night.
4. Power Sleep - It’s time to rock it.
5. Absolute Synchrony - Rhythms are huge.
Here’s to optimizing our lives and starting with an optimal night of sleep! :)
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To follow this book all the way, we're to keep a sleep log. It's called Peak Performance Sleep Log. Admittedly, I didn't do it. Participation is required to get the most from this book. Yet even without doing these things, the book is informative and worthwhile. Considering the good deal on a used paperback, I think you can't go wrong getting and reading it. My sleep improved because I gave it higher priority as a result.
I understand the importance of keeping a similar sleep-wake cycle every day, and I struggle there because I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. on work days. Who wants to get up at 5:30 on your day off?? I have been filling out the sleep logs (I re-typed the chart in the book into a MS-Word document) and it's hard seeing bedtimes and sleep durations all over the place. Maybe my circadian rhythms are wired to a little later wake times.
Overall, though, through prayer and persistence I'm working to change my bad sleep habits a bit at a time. The recommendations and the 'Golden Rules of Sleep' are good to review often to help cement new GOOD habits. My favorite quote (and a good reminder) in the book is: "when you start treating sleep as a NECESSITY, not a luxury, your whole life will change." I am looking forward to the change.