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Over time, poor, "broken" sleep exacts a debilitating toll on our physical, mental, and emotional health, according to sleep medicine specialist Krakow (medical director, Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences; Conquering Bad Dreams and Nightmares). His seven-step, medication-free Sleep Dynamic Therapy program teaches bad sleepers to identify psychological, emotional, and physical problems that prevent sound sleep; change their thoughts and attitudes about sleep; and employ guided imagery and other relaxation techniques to induce a night of unbroken, refreshing slumber. Numerous exercises, quizzes, and questionnaires (e.g., "Sleep Misery Index") assess sleep quality and physical and emotional factors affecting sleep. Krakow's approach is commendable; however, his dense, meandering prose-replete with acronyms, rhetorical questions, and technical discourses on sleep physiology and psychological techniques-seriously diminishes the book's value. Michael Krugman's The Insomnia Solution: The Natural, Drug-Free Way to a Good Night's Sleepand Lawrence Epstein's The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleepare better choices.
—Karen McNally Bensing