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Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems: A Books on Prescription Title [Kindle Edition]

Colin Espie
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Extensive research conducted over 25 years has established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the treatment of choice for insomnia. For the first time, proven CBT principles have been brought together by a practising clinician in a comprehensive self-help manual. In a clear step-by-step approach, new patterns of relaxation, sleeping and waking are quickly learnt.

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A sensible, lucid description of the leading treatment of insomnia by an internationally renowned expert. (Alison G. Harvey PhD, University of Berkeley)

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The proven CBT path to a good night's sleep

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious book - and seriously effective 16 Aug. 2010
By Susie J
I don't normally write reviews on Amazon but I feel quite strongly about this book. I have recurrent acute insomnia to the point of desperation and nothing has helped me sleep - until this book. From the start it is obvious it is a serious piece of work: its author is the director of the Centre for Sleep Medicine at Glasgow University and a leading academic in the field. As he says throughout, the strategies described in the book are the only clinically proven treatment for insomnia and the research evidence and rationales for the strategies are carefully set out as the book unfolds. This means that this book won't be for everyone: those who prefer a more motivational, zippy 'self help' approach might find it tests their patience. However, I found the careful, scientific approach was in fact what made this book so helpful.

The earlier chapters explain carefully what sleep is, how it works, and explores commonly held beliefs about quality and quantity of sleep and the connection between sleep and functioning during the day. I found this in itself really calming - for instance just knowing that the first few hours of sleep are the most important ones in terms of quality really helps stop the panic if you find yourself only sleeping for three or four hours; similarly learning what a'normal' amount of sleep means really helped me stop feeling unwell and alone. The second half of the book sets out the strategies to change behaviours. These are not easy and take considerable effort - change happens over weeks rather than hours. But it is proper, lasting change and the author helps you along as much as he can with a series of very useful, detailed worksheets and suggestions of how to put them into place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle cure! 27 April 2011
I can only echo the other reviews for this book and recommend it to anyone who is having sleep problems. It was recommended by my GP as being used in the NHS and is written by a very experienced medical professional, based on a method that has been proved successful in clinical trials. I hadn't slept through the night for 6 years after a couple of years of sleep deprivation when my children were babies. I would wake every night around 3 and stay awake for about 2 hours. Just reading the book, keeping a sleep diary and completing the CBT exercises has changed my life and I don't think i've woken up in about 4 months now.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone who truly understands Insomnia 9 Jun. 2009
I've read every book there is on insomnia, and most are written by authors who have never experienced it and offer lame and obvious 'advice'. This book is the ONLY one I've read that truly understands what it is like to have chronic insomnia (not just a bad couple of nights!). This gives the book immense credibility over any others on the market. I don't know if the author is himself an insomniac or just has an outstanding understanding of what it is like. Doesn't matter - this book is different, and that is what makes it stand out.

The CBT program itself is very easy and very good - sticking to the 6 week timeframe and tasks (i.e not just reading the book cover to cover..!) is crucial. I followed the program religiously, and can report that after 20+ years of insomnia of varying intensity, it was VERY successful. And crucially it still is - 1 year on.

OK, I'm not an expert sleeper, but as the book says, I probably never will be. Some people are good at maths - some are good at sleeping. But gone are the 3am / 5am shockers, and my 'sleep efficiency' (how quickly you nod off) is much much improved.

This is a book for chronic insomniacs. You know who you are! Get it - you won't regret it, and you WILL sleep better. I give it full marks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 15 Jan. 2012
I am about halfway through this course, but I have already had genuine benefit and am more relaxed about getting enough sleep. It's clear that the course is very well-thought out, and addresses the real concerns of those really suffering from insomnia. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from persistent insomnia.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with Insomnia 4 Sept. 2010
By Peter
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You have to treat this book like a course.
There is a lot of background knowledge in the book that is useful and well presented.
I have been a very bad sleeper for a long long time. I haven't finished all the exercises in the book yet but working through the exercises is already having a good effect on both my perceptions of my sleep and my actual sleep. This book will help you to take a realistic look at how you sleep (or don't). It will challenge your thoughts about your sleep and help you establish new ones.
If you are anything like me then you will be ready to try anything to get some consistent sleep. It's not hard to follow the process but it's not an instant fix either so be prepared to have a go and stick with it for the full 6 weeks.
The sleep compression section is the real crunch point. I read about a lot of people asking how it could possibly work when they were such bad sleepers already. The answer is it works because you are left with only one option and that's to sleep. It requires some determination, particularly in your first weekend when you would normally 'catch up' on sleep and you have to get up. If you can see it through it will work (it worked for me) and you can regain some control in your life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay if you are single but when you have ...
It's okay if you are single but when you have a partner you cannot keep getting up as it suggests.
Published 18 days ago by Christine Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book, does what it says.
Published 19 days ago by R S Shipway
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to sleep again with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
I have suffered from insomnia for over three years now but with the help of this book I am getting longer sleeps and am more rested. It is quite a complicated book. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Posy MacPherson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
Bought this on the recommendation of my GP as living with chronic insomnia. The more I read this book the worse my feelings about my lack of sleep and fixing the problem got. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rainy Days
3.0 out of 5 stars Please let me sleep
Really interesting but I stay awake to read it!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Debbie Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars received in time. Top class
received in time. Top class
Published 1 month ago by Abhishek
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
This book has been helpful as a guide whilst attending therapy too. Anxiety is a tough nut to crack, but persistence pays off! Good luck to all who may need this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't tell me much I hadn't already tried. Ideally needs a therapist to help/ask questions of too.
Published 2 months ago by JK
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Reading for the Insomniac
Good book requires careful study. The condition "Insomnia" is explained in great detail. I now understanding my circumstances better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Brendan Kernan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, it did help me a lot
Published 3 months ago by Ian shaw
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