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The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night Paperback – 13 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409149102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409149101
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book teaches you to snooze like a natural good sleeper. One tip is mindfulness - notice the worries that won't be able to sleep. learn to see them as just thoughts, and watch them drift away again. (HEALTH & FITNESS)

The Sleep School skilfully resets you back into a healthy sleep pattern. A must for those suffering insomnia (TATLER about THE SLEEP SCHOOL)

A dream come true for insomniacs (THE DAILY MAIL on THE SLEEP SCHOOL)

The Sleep Book by physiologists Dr Guy Meadows uses a blend of mindfulness and behavioural therapy techniques to create a five-week plan to cure insomnia... The basic premise is to teach you how to stop fearing sleep, since an apprehension of suffering can actually make it happen. (ELLE DECORATION)

I suggest anyone with insomnia reads THE SLEEP BOOK, which is clear an practical, with lots of stories. (YOU MAGAZINE, MAIL ON SUNDAY)

The Sleep Book by physiologist Dr Guy Meadows uses a blend of mindfulness and behavioural therapy techniques to create a five-week plan to cure insomnia...The basic premise is to teach you how to stop fearing sleep, since an apprehension of suffering can actually make it happen. (ELLE DECORATION)

I suggest anyone with insomnia reads The Sleep Book, which is clear and practical, with lots of stories. (YOU MAGAZINE, MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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Sleep shouldn't be a struggle.

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I first came across Dr Guy Meadow's podcast over 18 months ago and was so impressed by his approach that I sought out an ACT psychologist in Melbourne to help me apply this approach to my insomnia, which I've struggled with on and off for around a decade. When I heard he had written a book, I pre-ordered it and waited in anticipation for its arrival for months. Finally when I read his book and applied what I had learnt through ACT I realized I needed to stop struggling with insomnia and within days I was sleeping normally again. And now when I have poor sleep, instead of fighting insomnia and inducing crippling anxiety, I simply embrace my insomnia and use the techniques in Dr Meadow's book. I can't recommend this book and the ACT approach to insomnia highly enough. It was a last resort for me after trying every other pill, potion and therapy available. ACT is simple to implement and more effective than any other insomnia treatment out there.
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I attended Guy's Sleep School a month ago and followed up by purchasing his book. I must say I was quite sceptical at first during the sleep school session, but as time went on during the day, I became more and more convinced that his methods could possibly work!! I have found the book very helpful as it confirms all and more that Guy covered in the daily session. I can actually say that I have purchased the book for my son and am about to purchase another copy for a friend. I know Guy said this was no easy fix and I appreciate that but I can also say that I have already felt some improvement in my sleep pattern so THANKS GUY.
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Five stars for a book that cuts away the usual methodology of 'control your sleep by adding yet more rules' and gets right back down to the basic question: what do normal sleepers do to get to sleep? ... Nothing.

'Nothing', I am glad to say, is not the answer this book gives. It does provide the enormous relief of _simplifying_ one's approach to insomnia.

I spent a miserable year in which occasional sleep troubles became more and more pressing until I was trying to work full days on 3 hrs or less sleep (I have always slept 8 hours a night and needed it). After trying just about everything short of drugs and alcohol, I signed up for Guy Meadow's Sleep School for 6 hrs and bought the book. The course followed the same steps and approach outlined in the book which I'm using to develop my own preferred actions and points to remember.

Now, rather than falling into the trap of letting insomnia create more insomnia, I am much more aware of what my body and brain are experiencing and the mechanisms they're building up when I go short of sleep, and so am in a much better position not to get wound up in it all but to observe calmly, acknowledge what's happening, minimise adverse effects, and do helpful things so that life continues effectively.

Lack of sleep does seem to feed one's demons, whatever they may be, and neither insomnia nor demons are subject to analytical control ... the strength of the 'sensible' self is often greatly reduced in sleepless circumstances. The answer is neither easy nor immediate but when you understand it, it does produce that 'aha' moment and a brand new approach in which instead of playing a terribly meaningful tug-of-war with your own sleeplessness that you can never win, you just don't pick up your end of the rope.
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I've had insomnia for 20 odd years and had tried hypnosis, cherry extract, valerian, lavender, melatonin, Zopiclone, Retimer glasses etc. and only Zopiclone helped me sleep for short periods of time. Eventually Zopiclone losses it's effect and often makes the condition worse. I read this book as an introduction before enrolling in The Sleep School's workshop for insomnia. However, I have not needed to enrol, for the past 2 weeks or so, since reading The Sleep Book, I have slept almost every night for at least 6 to 7 hours. It took a week practising the exercises before I was sleeping through the night and I'm still nervous the condition will return. However, if my insomnia does return I will attend a workshop to help embed The Sleep School philosophy more permanently.
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This guy gets it. This is a long term solution to insomnia. It's not an easy fix - but that's his point. Strongly recommend.
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I read an article about insomnia in the paper which recommended two approaches - CBT and this one, which is not CBT. I decided to go with this method and I'm massively glad I did. I've suffered awful bouts of insomnia for about 20 years on and off. I can honestly say this book has changed my life in that I no longer use sleeping pills or suffer in the same way. My sleep has improved by about 70 percent and I only purchased this book about two weeks ago. Dr Meadows totally gets it. He completely understands how the mind makes insomnia worse and his approach is all about working with what's going on in your mind and the effect it has on you as you are struggling to get to sleep. I'm not cured but insomnia doesn't have the hold it had over me and I have new found confidence about going to sleep. However, this book will not be for everyone. You do have to believe in the approach and it is about facing your insomnia head on and it may be uncomfortable and it definitely requires practice. I've had nights where it was worse at first and I thought it wasn't helping so you have to be prepared to hang in there and keep at it. Most times though I've had almost instant relief from worry. My insomnia is made worse by unhelpful thoughts so if you also have this, I hope this book will help you as it's helped me. If you've ever done mindfulness and found it helpful you will easily take to this.
I'm now getting about 6-7 hours a night, and even if I don't - I don't sweat and worry like I did, I'm so much more relaxed. I now quite enjoy falling asleep. I've booked to go on his workshop but I probably don't need to as the book is enough. But to be honest I'm so grateful I would pay the workshop fee just to tell him in person.
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