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Dr. James B. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, professor and past chairman of psychology at Cornell University and professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas has been a Fulbright Senior Professor to Sweden and a visiting professor at Stanford University. Dr. Maas is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator in psychology. He holds the world's record for having taught more than 65,000 university students in his 44-year career. Dr. William C. Dement, the father of modern day sleep research, refers to Dr. Maas as "the world's first and foremost sleep educator" Dr. Maas is co-founder of Sleep for Success, a consulting company that provides sleep and performance education to corporations, educational institutions and professional athletic franchises. He is one of the nation's most sought after speakers, presenting highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as: Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), Eastman Kodak, IBM, Apple Computers, the GAP, Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, John Hancock, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Maytag, US Navy, SC Johnson, American College of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, American Urological Association, Pepsi Cola, Quaker Oats, Nestle, Starwood Hotels, Cunard, Crystal Cruise Lines, the New York Jets and the Orlando Magic. Rebecca Scott Robbins, B.S. Cornell University, served as instructor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, is a PhD candidate in communications at Cornell University, and is co-founder of Sleep for Success. Rebecca has presented dynamic speeches on sleep to large corporate and educational audiences
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452037752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452037752
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of all, buyers should know that "Sleep for Success" is a brand apparently owned by Dr. Maas. The book describes a "method" of improving sleep that doesn't require anything, but it does point out various items to buy.

Second of all, this "method" isn't really that impressive as a method. In fact, the author only spends one single chapter on it. The first few chapters are about why you should be concerned about your sleep, which if you're considering this book you probably already know much of it. More interestingly, at least some of what is claimed about how sleep works and the effects seem to contradict descriptions by other neural-scientists and sleep specialists; not in any major way though. Following this pitch the author spends one chapter explaining what amounts to no more than, "Get to bed earlier." That's it...the major method. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier until you're not tired anymore.

Of course, the author spends a great deal of time explaining that people don't even know that their tired most of the time, so how do you know? You buy tools of course. Maybe a good idea, but one should be aware that this is the main pitch of the book.

The other secret, the great way to stop using the snooze button? Buy one of those clocks that runs away screaming. If you've not already seen it on thinkgeek or maybe here on amazon then this might be a new idea to you...I found it very anti-climactic. It's just a clock with wheels that starts running off in random directions while going off so you have to get up and hunt it down.
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I decided to read this book after experiencing some problems with sleeping. My creativity and ability to cope with stress deteriorated, so I decided to learn more about sleeping well. Comparing a few books, I decided this was going to be exactly what I need: a scientific guide to improving your sleep habits.
Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.
Majority of the book is devoted to convincing readers that sleep is important. Guess what: someone who spends his time reading this book probably knows this already.
Another chunk of the book enlists some scientific facts about sleeping. That's somewhat informative to know that you have REM sleep, or slow-wave sleep, or whatever, but doesn't really lead to any conclusions either.
The rest of the book is an upsell for sleep clinics and sleep devices.

To be honest, I'm really surprised the book got so many good reviews. I think people just blindly follow one another.

Summary of all the practical advice found in the book:
1) sleep at least 8 hours, but maybe more if your personal needs are different
2) don't exercise or eat heavy meals before bed
3) cold temperature helps
4) darkness helps
Of all that, 3 was the only new piece of information for me.
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There are numerous books out there now regarding sleep. This is the best so far. Dr. Maas is an expert in the field (he wrote an earlier book and has been acting as a sleep "missionary" for years.) This book must be the culmination of his life's experience understanding sleep's challenges and figuring out ways to improve one's sleep. He relies on his own studies on sleep behavior and on the medical/scientific communities' newest finds to give readers a look at the dangers of poor sleep, the architecture of sleep, and the particular issues faced at all stages of life -- birth, teenage years, adulthood and old age. There's a chapter on each, full of vital information and procedures for improving sleep. Some of the new findings are mind-boggling. For example, teenagers to approximately 25 years of age should be getting 9.25 hours of sleep EVERY night! Moreover, their biorhythms are programmed so that the best time for this age group to go to sleep is in the wee hours of the morning, with a wake-up around 10 or 11 am. Maas notes ways schools are coping with this reality. Other chapters cover in detail shift work, jet lag, women and sleep,sleep disorders and the validity of sleep drugs. Maas emphasizes everything from the importance of mattress and pillow, portable light pads to counter jet lag, the utility of the nap, to serious medical disorders like sleep apnea. A self-survey helps the individual reader understand his/her current sleep habits. There's also a rating system for many products designed to improve sleep, a section of Qs and As, an annotated bibliography and even jokes to make us smile. "Sleep for Success" is very reader-friendly; its practical emphasis on helping strategies is outstanding, placing it at the head of the class for works on this critical topic.
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Sleep for success is a great book about maximizing your personal potential. The author made a great case for making sure you get adequate sleep.

I didn't even have a chance to finish the book before I was practicing the principles inside. Sadly, I got this book right as my first child was born. That made it a lot harder to continue, but I am counting the days until I can start sleeping my way to success.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes learning about increasing the efficiency of themselves.
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