- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Dell; 1 edition (March 7, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440509017
- ISBN-13: 978-0440509011
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep 1st Edition
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Sleep better, live longer with the groundbreaking information and step-by-step program in this revolutionary book.
Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep--and the price of sleep deprivation. In this groundbreaking book, based on decades of study on the frontiers of sleep science, Dr. William Dement, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, explains what happens when we sleep, when we don't, and how we can reclaim the most powerful--and underrated--health miracle of all.
Taking us on a fascinating tour of our sleeping body and mind, Dr. Dement reveals the price we have paid for ignoring sleep--an epidemic of heart disease, 33 percent of traffic-fatigue-related accidents, and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. And he offers a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, including...self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need...the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids...the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system...how to combat insomnia, snoring, and jet lag...plus information on sleep disorder clinics nationwide, Web sites, and more.
Taking readers on a fascinating tour of our sleeping body and mind,
Dr. William C. Dement reveals the price paid for ignoring sleep--an epidemic of heart disease, traffic-fatigue-related accidents (responsible for a full third of all traffic accidents), and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. Offering a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, THE PROMISE OF SLEEP includes self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need, full information on the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids, the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system, helpful methods for combating insomnia, snoring, and jet lag, plus information on sleep disorder clinics nationwide, sleep disorder Web sites, and more. -->
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Dr. William Dement was a pioneer in sleep research and has continued to be a leader in the field for over four decades, so this book is about as authoritative as you can get, though of course that still doesn't guarantee that he's right about everything.
The book contains plenty of useful information on a largely neglected topic, and this information can literally change (or save) your life if you act on it, particularly if you're not currently sleeping well. The main lesson is that you absolutely must get enough quality sleep to have a good quality and quantity of life, and to avoid accidents related to sleepiness. This means avoiding accumulation of excessive 'sleep debt', along with getting help from a sleep specialist if you have a significant sleep disorder.
In the audiobook, Dement goes into quite a bit of detail in describing how sleep research findings were arrived at and their corresponding limitations, and I assume that's even more the case in the print book. A benefit of these details is that they'll be helpful to physicians unfamiliar with sleep research, as well as other serious readers who want all the nitty gritty. But a drawback is that the details go far beyond what most people need from a practical standpoint, so I think a much shorter book would have worked better for a general audience, with a focus on telling people what they need to do rather than all the reasons why.
Overall, this is a useful book and I can recommend it, but I'll myself next be looking for a sleep book which is more recent, shorter, and more pragmatic.
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