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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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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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Every so often a book comes along that has a massive impact on my life. This is one such book. I had experienced a couple of sleepless nights during a stressful time, and rather than settling back into my routine after the stress had settled down, my mind kept worrying 'what if I don't sleep tonight?' 'what if my performance at work suffers, what if my partner and I can't enjoy our time together?' and on and on, as minds do when you're so desperate for them to be quiet. As a result, my bout of insomnia was prolonged and seemed to be taking over my enjoyment of life. I was due to travel abroad on business and nervous about my hectic schedule, dealing with other people in the industry and making a good impression when I was feeling this way so I sought out a book that could help me. Boy, did it help! I stopped trying/ fighting and just started accepting whatever came up (MUCH more challenging than it sounds!) and followed the advice in the book to be a lot more kind to myself and more aware of the tricks my mind plays on me. As a result, I care less about whether I get a good nights sleep or not, and ironically, my sleep has been far more peaceful as a result. My mind may continue to chatter but I am armed with compassion as opposed to anxiety and I may experience poor nights sometimes, but it's all part of the process, rather than something to be feared and to fight.

The book is simple and gently written by someone who knows exactly what he's talking about. I sincerely hope he reads these Amazon reviews as I would love him to know exactly how much he has helped people like me, and what a huge difference it makes to our daily functioning.
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This is an excellent book and the author feels like a friend. I had suffered insomnia for a number of months and having had spells of four sleepless nights I had resorted to intermittent sleeping tablet use. Having followed the advice in this book, which is mindfulness based, I have now had a number of months with good sleep and no sleeping tablets. It is well worth trying and allows you to stay in bed unlike the CBT method. I would strongly recommend.
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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've never been a good sleeper but following a bereavement and the consequent anxiety and depression that followed I was a mess. I was prescribed sleeping pills and they helped at first but I soon became dependent, frightened that if I didn't take a pill I wouldn't sleep and when I did take one I was only getting a very shallow sleep of a couple of hours.
I tried all of the usual techniques suggested as well as a hypnotherapy app etc etc. I was desperate. Then I found this book.
It doesn't offer any miracle cure or technique, it just rationalises your sleep problems and re-educates you to approach it differently. The basic message is that by trying all the techniques you're trying to hard. It made complete sense to me. It taught me not to be afraid of not sleeping.
I asked my husband to hide my sleeping pills and stopped them cold turkey. I had a couple of nights of no sleep but I embraced it, I didn't get stressed about it and suddenly I started sleeping better.
I will never be the best sleeper in the world but acceptance is the key. This book taught me that.
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I've had many books on insomnia but this is definitely THE BEST. From the moment I started reading it, I could identify with the problems and how to solve them. To be able to sleep again like a normal person is fabulous. It really is worth its weight in gold.
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Excellent well written and very helpful book
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Tried many different approaches over many years to get a better night's sleep and this approach is the best I have come across - so far it is making a really positive difference to my quality of life. Recommended for the wide awake club!
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Would have liked more help for elderly insomniacs, whose sleep patterns differ from younger people,.and there are a lot of us!
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