Insomnia: 50 Essential Things to Do

Insomnia: 50 Essential Things to Do

by Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
     
 

Millions of people have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia not only robs its sufferers of their ability to enjoy life fully, but it can also pose health risks-it makes people irritable and impairs memory and concentration. Fortunately, insomniacs aren't doomed forever to restless nights. This informative handbook will help you uncover the

Overview

Millions of people have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia not only robs its sufferers of their ability to enjoy life fully, but it can also pose health risks-it makes people irritable and impairs memory and concentration. Fortunately, insomniacs aren't doomed forever to restless nights. This informative handbook will help you uncover the root of your insomnia and guide you to a good night's sleep. The fifty tips in this indispensable book include:

  • Create a personalized sleep program
  • Keep a sleep diary
  • Kick the caffeine habit
  • Consider homeopathic
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Reset your inner clock
  • And More

Completely up-to-date on all the latest treatment and with a list of sleep-disorder centers and associations, Insomnia is the essential guide to help you get the sleep you need.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These books are the most recent contributions to the extensive and growing literature on sleep disorders. While they overlap to some extent, each author approaches the subject of insomnia/sleep disorders from a slightly different perspective, and each offers some unique advice. A clinical psychologist with many years of experience in the treatment and study of sleep disorders, Zammit focuses his comprehensive text on providing a self-help program to promote healthy sleep. He uses short case studies to illustrate four sources of sleep problems and encourages the reader to keep a sleep log and take an introspective look at what's keeping him/her up at night. Zammit also examines the impact of alcohol, smoking, and other medications on the sleep cycle and offers tips on creating an optimal sleep environment and establishing a helpful presleep routine. Sleeping pills are discussed at length, as is the value of light therapy and behavioral approaches to overcoming insomnia. DiGeronimo, a veteran medical writer who consulted with numerous experts on sleep disorders, covers much of the same material as Zammit. She also outlines alternative techniques to overcoming insomnia, including herbal remedies, acupuncture, acupressure, and chiropractic care. The provision of online resources and tips in exploring medical research on insomnia is also unique to the DiGeronimo text. Both Zammit and DiGeronimo include information about Sleep Disorders Centers/Clinics and addresses of associations to contact for more information about sleep-related disorders, such as sleep apnea. An experienced clincial psychologist like Zammit, Mindell aims her book at new parents, advising them on how to teach babies and toddlers to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep. The author stresses the need to be consistent in sleep routines, whether it be night time or nap time. Numerous vignettes illustrate common sleep problems and demonstrate what can be done to alleviate them. Weaning from the breast and sleeping in strange places are among the dozens of topics covered. All three titles are highly recommended for consumer health collections.Sue Hollander, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib. of the Health Sciences, Rockford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452276369
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.63(d)

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