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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2010
I would definitely encourage you to buy this book. Ignore the negative comment, I don't know what they are on about at all. This book gives very good clear sound advice and no, it is not all obvious. I admit that most people with even the smallest brain would know some of the things the book tells you (e.g. don't drink too much caffeine), but he gives you further in-depth advice i.e. that you can drink caffeine in the morning, just not roughly 6 hours before sleep. Again, most people know that exercise can help, but he tells you when the best times to exercise are.

I developed insomnia because I went for a very stressful anxious time and had been suffering for a couple of months. This helped me improve my sleep within a week. Then, during week 2 I was able to sleep really well five nights out of seven, and now (about five weeks on) I've only had one bad night of sleep in the last two weeks.

Strangely, the nights that I do get to sleep without a problem, I actually get to sleep much quicker than I used to (probably about five or 10 minutes!), whereas I used to take about 20 minutes normally. It has also helped me question whether I need my eight hours of sleep at night. I've actually come to realise that I can get by quite easily with seven without being tired the next day.

I also bought the McKenna "I can make you sleep" book and CD, which was also quite helpful (tho this book was better). I used the CD occasionally at night (although you are meant to listen to it every night, but most nights I go to sleep within a few minutes).

And if you like to listen to music or hypnosis tapes at night, I would thoroughly suggest the sound asleep pillow (which can also be bought on Amazon). It is also the most comfortable pillow I have ever had, and actually made me want to get into bed to go to sleep!

Don't worry, you CAN cure your insomnia!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An easy read with lots of helpful tips on how to sleep better. It helps to change the way you think about sleep and has lots of positive advice. I feel as if it's already helped me in a matter of days. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 1999
This book is the best book I have read on sleep. In particular it addresses long term chronic insomnia very well and provides a way to end this hellish nightmare. The treatment of sleeping pills is especially insightful. While reading, I found myself nodding my head in agreement constantly, realizing that here was a sleep professional who actually understood the problem so many people face in isolation. What a welcome relief from others who provide no solutions. I highly recommend this book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 1999
I am the author of Desperately Seeking Snoozin' and also sponsor a very active insomnia discussion forum. Many of the people who post on the site have reported how much Dr. Jacob's book has helped them sleep better and recommend the book for other sufferers. My congratulations to Dr. Jacobs for his book and for the insomnia program that he runs. There are very few sleep clinics that offer a good insomnia program.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2001
After seven years of constant insomnia, this book had me sleeping well within a week and, after following the full six week program, I'm now back to a totally normal sleep pattern. Sleep (or the lack of it) no longer rules my life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2011
I bought this book having tried a LOT of other things to "fix" my insomnia. It was the best thing I ever did. I didn't even follow the program, just reading the book, getting a better understanding of my "problem" and occasionally using one of the techniques means that I am now "cured". I am sure the program would work, I just didn't need to... This book turned my sleeping issues around, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's ever laid awake at night thinking "Oh no, I haven't slept yet, I can't believe I've got to get up in X hours and tomorrow's going to be totally miserable". Try it. At the very worst you waste a few quid, at the best, you will literally say goodnight to insomnia!!!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2010
I started having terrible insomnia a few months ago, starting off very gradually, until I was staying awake until 6am, falling asleep exhuasted and waking up at 10:30 arriving for work 4 hours late! I was absolutely desperate and after a fruitless trip to the doctors decided to browse Amazon. Found this book and havent looked back. Im sleeping 7 full hours every night and no longer have that dread in the pit of my stomach when evening approaches. Im actually sleeping better than before I had insomnia - It used to take me an hour to fall alseep and now I'm comatose in 20 minutes flat. I have read the negetive comment, this person has clearly miss-understood the concept of this book - it takes away the fear of insomnia and teaches you to control the way you think about it. People may be sceptical about this but the proof is there - it works. Im not irritable, tired or moody and no longer relying on sleeping pills. Its such a relief!! Thank you Dr Greg D. Jacobs! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has trouble sleeping, young or old, (it even has a section for children and babies) so its even good for parents of young children. Once again Greg - thank you!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2008
I am the type that doesn't do "self help" reading but after 3 months of extremely bad insomnia, I was referred to Gregg Jacobs' text and I have to say, his book saved me! Sceptical at first, and skipping the chapters on withdrawing from sleeping pills (I had refused to take any), this book put me on track within 6 weeks and made me sleep again. At the worst times of sleeplessness during my reading, I would remind myself of one very important observation noted in the book - that "no one ever died from lack of sleep" and psychologically, this started my steep recovery process. The book will tell you in any event - but I note it here ... insomnia is about changing the way you think about it. And this book does exactly that. It cured me when I thought nothing ever would and I have never looked back. Buy it if you are suffering, because you have nothing else to lose and everything to gain from sleeping again.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 1999
I have suffered with insomnia on and off for a long time and also studied it in some depth. This author is really an expert and dispenses a lot of new information that I had never seen before. There are a lot of helpful ideas presented here and I feel I have already received value many times the price of the book. If you have insomnia, buy it. If a friend or loved one suffers from insomnia, buy it for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2010
This six week programme is practical and easy to understand. Dr Gregg Jacobs provides the background to the scientific aspects of sleep. What I found very useful were the myths about sleep and Dr Jacobs goes through each one, the biggest myth being that we need eight hours sleep every night. Although, I didn't have a lot of trouble sleeping in the first place - I did want to learn how to be more relaxed. And the two main ways of doing this is by cognitive-restructuring and the relaxation response (RR). Each morning, you fill out a 60-second diary on your previous night's sleep and record your negative sleep thoughts (NST) and positive sleep thoughts (PST). What this exercise does over the period of the six weeks is to bring you more aware of your sleep patterns, the improvements, as well as the realisation that you probably are getting more sleep than you think and that you don't need as much sleep as you thought. Other useful advice include simple lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, going outside for a walk for at least 30 minutes a day (daylight helps the body's temperature rise and fall at the 'right' times of the day) and being active in interacting/socialising (positive mood changes).

Highly recommended.
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