The Sleep Solution

The Sleep Solution

Why your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It

Book - 2017
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Draws on cutting-edge sleep science and time-tested techniques in a guide to understanding what contributes to sleep problems and how to minimize medication dependency, sharing coverage of subjects ranging from insomnia and sleep apnea to restless leg syndrome and circadian sleep disorders.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399583605
Branch Call Number: 616.8498 Wi
Description: viii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 22, 2017

A book that was meant to be read as a novel. Do not expect a lot of scientific content, rather this book just describes common sleep issues and known solutions. The major drawback of this book is that it seems it was written for the same forum as people magazine. The most useful chapter on this book is #4 - Sleep stages. Skip all others.

I recommend you to instead a book by Michael Terman, "Chronotherapy - Resetting your Inner Clock to Boost Mood, Alertness, and Quality Sleep”, you will get more benefits from reading it.

Jul 08, 2017

There is a lot of good information in this book, but I have to say I am not wild about the style in which it is written. The author is constantly trying to be funny or cute. I found that to be distracting.

Having said that, the book is still worth reading. The most useful take-aways for me were:

1. It is nearly impossible to evaluate your own sleep accurately. On those nights where you just can’t fall asleep, you are getting a lot more sleep than you think. The author also notes that even when we are resting and not actually sleeping, we get plenty of benefit from the rest. If you really think you are not sleeping enough, do a sleep study, and that will give you accurate idea of how much sleep you are getting. In the meantime, relax and do not obsess or stress out if you are lying awake part of the night.

2. On the flip side, some people who think they sleep great have sleep apnea or other conditions that mean they are not really getting restful sleep, even though they are unaware they are constantly waking up for short periods. If you think you are sleeping fine but you are tired all the time, do a sleep study.


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