The Sleep Advantage: Prepare Your Mind for Peak Performance Hardcover – 22 Apr 1998
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Overall would recommend it.
The book also quotes a variety of statistics, and makes various claims, without propoerly explaining where they come from. However, maybe this does not matter too much as the purpose of most of them is to emphasise that most of us probably need to sleep longer and better - and that is useful.
The book provides some basic information about sleep and sleep disorders. Some of the information was new to me, but most was stuff I new from before - and think many readers would, if they have watched a few TV programmes or read a little on sleep before. I kept reading the book, despite all the repetition, hoping I would find more information, but was for the most part disappointed.
The book does offer some good tips on how to sleep longer/better, and some of those would be useful. A core peace of advice is: go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even at weekends. While I understand the logic of that, I think that for most people that is something very hard to achieve with work schedules and socialising. The book does make some attempt at suggesting how you can make compromises to the basic rule - but did not have much to offer in this respect.
The book discusses the serious problems of sleep apnea, and offers advice on detecting and adressing it. One iof its symptoms is very loud snoring. But the book offers no advice at all on "ordinary" snoring (not induced by sleep apnea). I am sure I am by no means alone in that particualr problem being one of my main sleep problems. But the book offers no advice on that at all. Perhaps it's because there is in fact nothing to be done about it - but I would have expected it to have been at least discussed.
All in all not a directly BAD book - just rather disappointing. I don't think it will help me much to sleep better.
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... If you understand exactly what the brain accomplishes during various stages of a night’s sleep and what your individual sleep requirement is, you’re in a position to become a very different person. People who learn about sleep come to value sleep and adopt better sleep habits. After a few weeks they discover, perhaps for the first time, what it really feels like to be fully alert all day long. Their increased efficiency gives them enough hours in the day to work, and to play. They become better spouses, better parents, and better in their careers. They become more energetic, healthier, more successful, and happier with their lives. That’s life as it should be.”
~ Dr. James B. Maas from Power Sleep
It’s super important. And, in today’s hyper-busy world, it’s easy to overlook its importance. There’s some odd quasi-heroic ideal associated with *not* getting sleep. Weird.
The fact is we are wired to sleep a LOT more than we do. It’s quite obvious that if we want to optimize our lives, we need to prioritize our sleep!
Who better to help us do that then Cornell Professor James Maas—one of the world’s leading authorities on sleep?!
I’m excited to explore some of the Big ideas:
1. Sleep Is Powerful - Even more so than you may think.
2. How About You? - Getting enough sleep?
3. Sleeping Ten Hours - Yah. Every night.
4. Power Sleep - It’s time to rock it.
5. Absolute Synchrony - Rhythms are huge.
Here’s to optimizing our lives and starting with an optimal night of sleep! :)
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To follow this book all the way, we're to keep a sleep log. It's called Peak Performance Sleep Log. Admittedly, I didn't do it. Participation is required to get the most from this book. Yet even without doing these things, the book is informative and worthwhile. Considering the good deal on a used paperback, I think you can't go wrong getting and reading it. My sleep improved because I gave it higher priority as a result.
I understand the importance of keeping a similar sleep-wake cycle every day, and I struggle there because I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. on work days. Who wants to get up at 5:30 on your day off?? I have been filling out the sleep logs (I re-typed the chart in the book into a MS-Word document) and it's hard seeing bedtimes and sleep durations all over the place. Maybe my circadian rhythms are wired to a little later wake times.
Overall, though, through prayer and persistence I'm working to change my bad sleep habits a bit at a time. The recommendations and the 'Golden Rules of Sleep' are good to review often to help cement new GOOD habits. My favorite quote (and a good reminder) in the book is: "when you start treating sleep as a NECESSITY, not a luxury, your whole life will change." I am looking forward to the change.
While not exactly "revolutionary," as the title suggests, Power Sleep will enlighten you with the facts on a subject so many people know so little about (but *think* they know enough about). Unfortunately, the people who would benefit most from reading Power Sleep (for example, frequent business travelers, or supervisors of night-shift workers) often don't know what they don't know about the subject of sleep, and will therefore never read Professor Maas' very worthwhile book.