Description: This is an overview that details "the impact of obesity, age, diabetes, and diet on sleep duration and attendant outcomes."
Purpose: The purpose is to help "readers in understanding the role each of these factors plays in sleep architecture and its regulation by circadian biology and neurology." Because of the prevalence of sleep disorders, which can have a significant impact on other areas of health including performance, psychiatric illness, heart disease, and obesity, this book is needed. The knowledge this book imparts can help clinicians provide better treatment.
Audience: Because of its high technical level, the book is appropriate for researchers and advanced students in sleep science, neurology, neuroscience, and nutrition.
Features: This book is divided into eight sections by disorder and the effect on sleep. Among the topics are metabolic syndrome and sleep deprivation, aging and sleep deprivation, diet and sleep modulation, alcohol and sleep dysfunction, and obesity and sleep apnea. The book includes some charts and tables and each chapter has references.
Assessment: This compilation of the current understanding of the impact of age, diet, obesity, and disease on sleep in one book is unique. Each chapter is written by different authors and, consequently, there is some overlap in topics. It doesn't read like a traditional textbook because each chapter doesn't start where the previous one ended, but this also means that specific chapters of interest can be read independently. The book is written at a high technical level and it is filled with abundant citations and references, but it lacks clinical application. Overall, I would recommend this book to clinicians, scholars, and researchers interested in learning more about sleep and sleep disorders. In order to address a broader audience, future editions should be more practical and provide greater focus on clinical applications.