NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book from the web site Metapsychology Online Reviews; a longer version of my review appears on that site.
This book is written in workbook format, with the expectation that the reader will actively participate in the program and complete the various exercises, self-tests, and worksheets. Given this, authors Collen Carney and Rachel Manber (both sleep experts) acknowledge that some of their recommendations might seem difficult to follow for certain people, such as those with depression. However, they include specific recommendations on how to overcome any barriers to treatment at the end of the book.
Carney and Manber provide brief but important information about the sleep system, including the crucial concept of "sleep drive," which is essential to understanding why spending more time in bed can be counter-productive for those with sleep problems. The authors then begin to introduce specific strategies for improving sleep. They start by reviewing sleep-incompatible behaviors--for example, staying in bed when you can't sleep--and describing specific techniques to counteract these problematic patterns. They continue to provide action plans for breaking learned habits by addressing topics such as negative beliefs, worry, and relaxation. As the authors discuss each new method, they offer a variety of worksheets which walk the reader through exactly how to use that strategy. In the final few chapters, Carney and Manber more specifically focus on possible impediments to their treatment program, including particular challenges to implementing change such as coping with low motivation, feeling overwhelmed, and experiencing difficulties concentrating.
As a psychologist myself, I found this to be an excellent self-help book. Authors Carney and Manber instill a sense of hopefulness, emphasizing the idea that sleep is under one's control and that making small behavioral changes can be immensely beneficial. Although the authors have designed their book expressly for those with co-existing depression, anxiety, or chronic pain, I believe that anyone with insomnia is likely to find this workbook to be extremely useful. I will definitely be recommending Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep to the college student clients with whom I work, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others as well.