The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life

by Meir Kryger M.D.


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An authoritative and accessible guide to what happens when we shut our eyes at night
We spend a third of our lives in bed, but how much do we really understand about how sleep affects us? In the past forty years, scientists have discovered that our sleep (or lack of it) can affect nearly every aspect of our waking lives. Poor sleep could be a sign of a disease, the result of a vitamin or iron deficiency, or the cause of numerous other problems, both sleeping and waking. Yet many people, even medical personnel, are unaware of the dangers of poor sleep. Enter Dr. Meir Kryger, a world authority on the science of sleep, with a comprehensive guide to the mysteries of slumber that combines detailed case studies, helpful tables, illustrations, and pragmatic advice.
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, and many of us will experience some difficulty sleeping or staying awake over the course of our lifetimes (or know someone who does). Kryger’s comprehensive text is a much‑needed resource for insomniacs; for those who snore, can’t stay awake, or experience disturbing dreams; and for the simply curious. Uniquely wide ranging, The Mystery of Sleep is more than a handbook; it is a guide to the world of sleep and the mysterious disorders that affect it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300224085
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 857,700
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Meir Kryger, M.D., is a professor in the Yale School of Medicine and chief editor of the most widely used sleep medicine textbook, Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. He is recognized as a global authority on sleep and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, ABC news, and BBC Radio 5.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 A Good Night's Sleep

Chapter 1 Why Do We Sleep? 3

Chapter 2 Sleep Requirements in the Life Stages 18

Chapter 3 The Reproductive Years 29

Chapter 4 Pregnancy and Postpartum 39

Chapter 5 When Sex Hormone Levels Decrease: Menopause and Andropause 50

Part 2 Do I Have a Sleep Problem?

Chapter 6 How to Identify a Sleep Problem 69

Chapter 7 Secondhand Sleep Problems 78

Chapter 8 Resetting the Body Clock 92

Chapter 9 A World That Never Sleeps 107

Part 3 Can't Sleep, Can't Stay Awake

Chapter 10 Insomnia 123

Chapter 11 Restless Legs Syndrome 136

Chapter 12 Sleep Apnea 149

Chapter 13 Narcolepsy 171

Chapter 14 Fear of Sleeping and Other Unusual Ailments 184

Chapter 15 Medical Conditions That Affect Sleep 196

Chapter 16 Psychiatric Disorders That Affect Sleep 215

Chapter 17 Medications That Contribute to Sleep Disorders 234

Part 4 Getting Help

Chapter 18 At the Sleep Clinic 247

Chapter 19 Beating Insomnia Without Pills 258

Chapter 20 Medications That Treat Sleep Disorders 275

Chapter 21 Time for Bed 288

Bibliography 293

Illustration Credits 311

Index 315

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