A Woman's Guide to Sleep: Guaranteed Solutions for a Good Night's Rest

A Woman's Guide to Sleep: Guaranteed Solutions for a Good Night's Rest

by Joyce A. Walsleben, Rita Baron-Faust
     
 

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In this guide, the director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at NYU School of Medicine and an award-winning writer for women's health issues provides simple, low-tech strategies for combating sleep problems with the right foods, supplements, exercise, and biorhythm adjustments and explains which treatments work best.

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In this guide, the director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at NYU School of Medicine and an award-winning writer for women's health issues provides simple, low-tech strategies for combating sleep problems with the right foods, supplements, exercise, and biorhythm adjustments and explains which treatments work best.

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“A first-aid kit for the sleep-deprived woman.” —New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Combining knowledge and writing skill, Walsleben, the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at NYU's School of Medicine, and Baron-Faust (What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer) have prepared the first book focusing on sleeping problems that are unique to women. With a dose of good cheer and a knack for presenting complex information practically, the authors make a strong case for why women should not treat sleep lightly--particularly since 56% of all women suffer from sleep-deprivation due to hormonal imbalance and other female-only conditions. The good news is that, from infancy, women are able to experience more slow-wave (deep) sleep than men, and they maintain this ability throughout most of their lives. From the value of 20- to 40-minute naps (any longer would leave the napper groggy) to recipes for pre-bedtime snacks (foods such as milk, cheese, bananas and turkey are effective sleep-inducers if enjoyed an hour before bedtime) and useful suggestions, such as "ban glow-in-the-dark bedroom clocks," they provide many ideas that a woman can implement on her own as well as cautioning when to seek expert intervention. The authors also include a chapter on why women (unlike men) do not seem able to fall asleep quickly after sex (there may be psychological as well as biological reasons), and one on sleep disorders in children and teenagers. The appendix of resources help round out an altogether welcome book to the field of women's health. Agent, Vicky Bijur. 8-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Though many books on sleep disorders are available (e.g., William C. Dements's The Promise of Sleep, LJ 4/15/99), none is devoted entirely to the disorders specific to women. Writing in an informal, easily comprehensible style, Walsleben, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the NYU School of Medicine, and freelancer Baron-Faust seem to cover every sleep disorder suffered by women. Drawing on typical patient questions and sleep problems, the book addresses the roles hormones, aging, dreams, and sex play in women's ability--or inability--to sleep. There are numerous questionnaires and informational sidebars, ranging from "How Sleepy Are You?" to "How Much Caffeine in My Latte?" In a variety of "sleep prescriptions," the authors are careful not to overemphasize prescription drugs or alternative medicines. There are discussions of obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy. The appendixes include suggestions for additional reading, resources, support groups, web pages, and a state-by-state listing of sleep-disorder centers. Highly recommended for all public libraries, as well as consumer-health libraries. Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812932607
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joyce A. Walsleben, Ph.D., has spent more than twenty years as a sleep researcher and clinician and was the spokesperson for the National Sleep Foundation’s landmark survey on women and sleep.

Rita Baron-Faust is an award-winning medical journalist who specializes in women’s health issues.

The authors live in New York City.

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