- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Dell; 1 edition (March 7, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440509017
- ISBN-13: 978-0440509011
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,791 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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"We are a sleep-sick society," says William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D. According to Dr. Dement, "sleep science" has yielded a great deal of scientific knowledge about sleep--yet the general public, and even doctors, aren't aware of it. Sleep disorders are routinely misdiagnosed or ignored, sometimes resulting in medical tragedy and death, frequently leading to chronic exhaustion. In The Promise of Sleep, Dr. Dement aims to remedy that by making the latest sleep information accessible to health professionals and lay readers. He describes the sleep cycle and gives a short history of sleep research. Then he dives into clear and detailed explanations of concepts and conditions we've all heard about, but that few of us understand: sleep debt, biological clock, circadian rhythm, insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy. He discusses why we need sleep (sounds obvious, but it isn't) and the role of dreams. After 300 pages of sleep facts, Dr. Dement teaches you how to "reclaim healthy sleep" in your own life. You learn to assess your personal sleep situation by keeping a sleep diary, measuring your sleep debt, and evaluating your risk of sleep disorders; find appropriate treatment; manage sleep crises; and adopt a "sleep-smart lifestyle." A three-week "sleep camp" program at the end helps you put all the strategies together. This book will put you to sleep--and that's meant as praise! --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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America is in the midst of an epidemic of sleep disorders, according to Dement, a sleep researcher since 1952, the founder the world's first sleep-disorder clinic and past chairman of a commission that presented a report to Congress in 1992, "Wake Up America! A National Sleep Alert." But for all the general population knows about the principles of healthy sleep, he laments, "I might as well have been running a chain of beauty parlors for the last four decades." However, anyone who even glances through this informative and impassioned volume will know that Dement hasn't spent his time hovering over a hairdryer. The subject may be sleep, but its treatment is not soporific; with the able help of Vaughan, Dement presents the results of his and others' lifework in pithy and accessible terms. Readers will be jolted awake by a multitude of facts (sleep apnea can lead to heart failure or stroke, fatigue caused the Exxon Valdez and space shuttle Challenger disasters and motorist sleepiness accounts for 33% of traffic accidents). Besides scientific data on sleep and much advice on sleep hygiene, there are self-tests for sleepiness as well as a scenario for a restorative "sleep camp." Appendices list sleep-disorder clinics nationwide, definitions of sleep disorders and Web sites. Dement offers an outstanding book on a surprisingly overlooked subject. Author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sleep apnea is NOT the only sleep problem. Get this book and pass it around to everyone you know whom you love because it is absolutely amazing what you're going to learn.
P.S. In my case my breathing was NOT compeletly stopping-instead it was restricted (sort of like sucking air through a small straw) and my wife nor I had the slightest inkling of the problem (other fatigue). I reiterate, if you're constantly napping, you'd better take a look at this book.
If you get extremely sleepy right after eating or drinking something, google the "Gluten Free Society." If you have tried all the above and have run out of ideas watch the video "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead."
Get this book to understand many topics having to do with sleep. This is about understanding the problem as well as benefits of sleep. For specific advice on sleeping more or better, I advise Internet research. Everything we're supposed to do or not do is available free and easily found in concise lists. The medical establishment calls this "sleep hygiene." Search that term and you'll get the latest advice on sleep.
In summary, the book is a good candidate for audible format. It doesn't have an index anyway, so you're not losing anything by going audio. A lot of the book is about the author. Many content topics are presented in detail to help the listener understand what is sleep and the role it plays for health. For specific advice, I recommend an Internet search of the term "sleep hygiene."
This book is Dr. Dement's personal plea to everyone in this country to take sleep problems seriously. As the father of sleep medicine, he and a handful of sleep medicine pioneers created this new specialty within the past few decades. He switches back and forth between laugh-out-loud and hilarious accounts as a sleep researcher to heart-breaking stories of numerous people who died from easily preventable causes.
I was attracted to this book to discover what he had to say about obstructive sleep apnea, but ended up being more fascinated by his descriptions of all the other various sleep disorders. His repetitive reminders about the importance of a cumulative sleep debt along with alerting cycles is an important concept that everyone should know about. His description of circadian rhythm disorders and adjusting to time zone differences is clear and easy to understand--by far the best that I've seen to date. At the end of the book, I expected to see the standard laundry list of sleep hygiene issues that all other books talk about. I was wrong. He gave balanced, common-sense reasons for why these recommendations are usually made, but leaves plenty of room for flexibility and adjustment for individual differences.
Dr. Dement's book should be required reading for all medical students, physicians, and the lay public alike (in addition to my book, Sleep, Interrupted).
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