Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening

Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening

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by Rubin R. Naiman
     
 

In Healing Night, clinical psychologist Rubin R. Naiman explores sleeping, dreaming, and awakening, going far beyond the science of sleep medicine to reflect on what he believes is the profoundly spiritual nature of night consciousness. Naiman reveals how the erosion of night by artificial light and the devaluation of sleep and dreaming have led to an epidemic of…  See more details below

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In Healing Night, clinical psychologist Rubin R. Naiman explores sleeping, dreaming, and awakening, going far beyond the science of sleep medicine to reflect on what he believes is the profoundly spiritual nature of night consciousness. Naiman reveals how the erosion of night by artificial light and the devaluation of sleep and dreaming have led to an epidemic of sleep disorders and consequent days of chronically dazed waking consciousness. Drawing on both clinical experience and personal explorations, Naiman offers a fresh look at sleep and dreams, and provides alternative healing practices for sleep disturbances. Moreover, he challenges us to acknowledge our spiritual night blindness and embrace the sacredness of night.

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ISBN-13:
9780929636535
Publisher:
Syren Book Company
Publication date:
01/13/2006
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I can remember, dreams have been a guiding force in my life. I actually look forward to sleeping for both the peaceful replenishing aspects as well as the varied dream adventures that await me. Upon awakening, I take a few moments to reflect over them, to seal the memories and store them for a time when they invariably take on notable significance and meaning. Therefore, it was with great interest I read 'Healing Night: the Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening', an extraordinary book that delves into the recesses of one of the most primitive and private aspects of our psyche - the dream-state and the wondrous time both leading up to and following it. Dr. Naiman adeptly combines his background in psychology, integrative medicine and spirituality by presenting multi-dimensional elements of sleep and dreams in a concise, engaging manner. Additionally, given the impact of sleep deprivation on the quality of our lives and health, as well as the growing over-reliance on artificial sleeping aids to achieve this, the practical guidelines Dr. Naiman offers for attaining deep rest offer safer, more effective long-term alternatives for this alarming trend. This book has reinforced what I've felt all along - the benefits of true, restful, healing sleep in restoring tranquility and balance to mind and body. For those who feel such capability eludes them, Healing Night offers a godsend of useful, practical principles that can bring about profound and welcome lifestyle improvement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I can remember, dreams have been a guiding force in my life. I actually look forward to sleeping for both the peaceful replenishing aspects as well as the varied dream adventures that await me. Upon awakening, I take a few moments to reflect over them, to seal the memories and store them for a time when they invariably take on notable significance and meaning. Therefore, it was with great interest I read 'Healing Night: the Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening', an extraordinary book that delves into the recesses of one of the most primitive and private aspects of our psyche - the dream-state and the wondrous time both leading up to and following it. Dr. Naiman adeptly combines his background in psychology, science and spirituality by presenting elements of sleep and dreams in a concise, engaging manner. Additionally, given the impact of sleep deprivation on the quality of our lives and health, as well as the growing over-reliance on artificial sleeping aids to achieve this, the practical guidelines Dr. Naiman offers for attaining deep rest offer safer, more effective long-term alternatives for this alarming trend. This book has reinforced what I've felt all along - the benefits of true, restful, healing sleep in restoring tranquility and balance to mind and body. For those who feel such capability eludes them, 'Healing Night' offers a godsend of useful, practical principles that can bring about profound and welcome lifestyle improvement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to buy this book because I skimmed through & thought this book will teach me more than I will ever learn from the 2 sleep doctors I have seen, as well as my sleep lab results combined.  I bought the book with these high expectations.  My expectations were surpassed.  This book is fantastic.  I recommend it to anyone who considers going to bed & getting out of bed to be a struggle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading ¿Healing Night¿ was a blessed experience. Dr. Naiman's artful and sentimental writing style beguiles readers while they absorb vast amounts of technical science and advanced spirituality vital to their well-being. Dr. Naiman is conversational, but scholarly. Poetic¿yet prosaic. His strong, human, caring, and qualified voice effectively ushers readers into the life-threatening plight of our sleepless and dreamless world. Throughout 'Healing Night', Dr. Naiman gently weaves his ever important message of developing and maintaining healthy sleeping, dreaming, and waking patterns with personalized anecdotal threads. The results are a seemingly effortless and beautiful tapestry of the psychology, physiology, and spirituality necessary for readers to understand and overcome our cultural and sociological addiction to artificial light, sleeping pills and waking 'aids'. 'Healing Night' is a rare, masterful recipe for nursing our parched, exhausted, ignored, and overstimulated souls back to health. If you are serious about improving your relationship with sleep...or with yourself, 'Healing Night' is the most comprehensive medical and spiritual manual that I have ever come across.