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Sleep to Save Your Life: The Complete Guide to Living Longer and Healthier Through Restorative Sleep Paperback – September 19, 2006

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In this thorough rundown of various sleep disorders and their cures and causes, Lombardo relies on anecdotes, research and his clinical experiences to describe the misconceptions about and effects of poor sleep habits and sleep disorders, though the sterile writing may be enough to cure some readers' mild insomnia. Lombardo, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell Medical Center, describes at length various sleep disorders, which now number over 70, and concludes many people plagued by poor sleep don't realize they may be suffering from breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea-a suffocating breathing disorder linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. He also details narcolepsy and movement disorders, such as Restless Legs Syndrome. Noting that "there is a new focus in sleep medicine to help both mind and body return to a natural rhythm of active by day and quiet by night," Lombardo claims a combination of new, non-addictive medication and therapy will rehabilitate insomniacs. The final chapters detail problems of specific demographics: children are increasingly sleep-deprived, women generally have "huge" sleep deficits, as do the elderly, though the causes are different. As the doctor says, "Like the tides, our bodies still operate on a schedule that doesn't easily change just because we want it to." Those missing some of their 40 winks will want to keep this on the nightstand.
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“This latest book on the importance of sleep is a good read.” (The Baltimore Sun)

“. . .tells you how to make the most of your slumber.” (Detroit News)

“An invaluable resource.” (Paul Ehrlich, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University School of Medicine; Coauthor, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Your Child's Asthma and Allergy)

“Dr. Lombardo explains intricate, arcane medical science with engaging, often witty, style.” (Mark Cullen, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine; Director, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program)

“Readable and entertaining.” (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060742542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060742546
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Answer true or false to these ten statements:

(1) Sleep is frequently overlooked as a factor in the treatment of many serious conditions.
(2) There is little evidence to suggest that there is a link between obesity and sleep deprivation.
(3) Your waking life is spent preparing for sleep.
(4) Insomnia, in many cases, simply stems from poor preparation for sleep.
(5) Good sleepers go to bed early while bad sleepers go to bed late.
(6) For most of us, a nap during the day is a good idea.
(7) Excessive daytime sleepiness is essentially the same as insomnia.
(8) It's the ability to sleep, rather than the need for sleep, that seems to decrease with age.
(9) Chronic insomnia is a risk factor for psychiatric illness.
(10) The self-examination of snoring is best done while brushing your teeth; that is, look directly into the mirror, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue.

If you answered true to any of statements (2,5,6,7) or false to any of statements (1,3,4,8,9,10), then you may need the help of this book by Dr. Gerald Lombardo who directs a sleep center in Brooklyn, New York.

This is an easy-to-read, concise book about sleep disorders. In fact, the author says he wrote this book "because the problems associated with sleep disorders are very urgent."

All chapters are broken up into sections so you can access vital information quickly.
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Sleep To Save Your Life has helped me and my children, long-time sufferers of various sleep problems. We feel much better in the daytime when we've had restful sleep at night.

Written in a smart and conversational tone, the book is completely scientific, accurate, and thorough while retaining its accessibility to all readers. If your health is not reason enough to read this book by a top sleep doctor, the amusing anecdotes and compelling examples will surely engage you.

Sleep to Save Your Life is a valuable resource for anyone who would like to get a good night's rest!
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The most informative book I have read so far for general public about sleep and sleep disorders. Adequate good quality sleep is more important than with exercise and diet.
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Very dated--and little useful information.
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