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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780281188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780281186
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lazy college kids may claim to be experts when it comes to sleep, but they've got nothing on Idzikowski and his decidedly wide-eyed and active exploration of the Land of Nod ... Accessible, informative, and light enough to read in bed ... this guide will get readers dozing in no time."
- "Publishers Weekly "(May 6, 2013)

About the Author

Dr Chris Idzikowski, BSc, PhD, FBPsS, is Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service and the Edinburgh Sleep Centre. A leading expert on sleep disorders, he has served as Chairman of the British Sleep Society and the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on sleep problems. Dr Idzikowski has also sat on the boards of the European Sleep Research Society and the US Sleep Research Society. He is the author of four books, including Learn to Sleep Well (Watkins).


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I disagree with the previous reviewer -- this book is packed full with practical information, from how to assess your current sleep behaviour to strategies for tacking specific sleep problems (simple ones and complicated ones). It even includes advice on choosing the right mattress! But unlike a lot of other sleep books on the market (believe me, I've looked at many!) this book gives the science behind the strategies too -- making it completely convincing. And it's all really easy to understand. I would definitely recommend if you have issues with your sleep.
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I've read a lot of books on sleep ... and this is the best one I have come across to date. It is written in a very clear style and has a good balance between scientific explanation and practical help, so both those who have recently developed a sleep problem and long-term insomniacs should find plenty of interest here. I certainly learned a few new things, especially in Chapter 6 on the various Sleep Disorder categories (pgs 137-187). I had always believed my insomnia developed in my early 30s, but looking at all the different types, I did have some symptoms from early childhood.

The author advises reading the whole book without skipping bits, and I would recommend doing this as it works well as a "whole". There are some websites, etc, recommended at the end. I've had a quick glance at a couple of these and am not sure how useful I would find them, but others might.

One area that is only touched on superficially is diet and the effects of different foods on sleep. Some people are more sensitive than others, of course, but personally I find a satsuma after around 5 pm keeps me awake for hrs, celery at any time gives me painful leg cramps around 2 am, and dark chocolate makes my restless legs much worse. Isolating foods that may affect you is very trial and error, and quite time consuming, but for me, it has been worth the effort.

For many people with sleep problems, there are no magic solutions, and the author does acknowledge this. You do have to experiment to find what is effective for you, either in terms of improving your sleep or coping with the deficit.
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I loved this book. Totally engrossed from start to finish. It works on all levels. Easy to read and interesting but with a good depth of science for those who like the nitty gritty.
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Not very helpful needed more advice on what to try if you can not sleep. Was a little too technical
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only sleep book you will need...almost... 25 Dec. 2013
By K. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a psychologist, I have found that sleep problems of one kind or another are reported by most people who come to my office. I already had five sleep books on my shelf when I found this book at the library. It is simply the most thorough, practical, and up-to-date treatment I have seen of the subject. The chapter on Sleep Hygiene (creating the ideal conditions for sleeping well) is worth the price of the book. The chapter on the Science of Sleep is informative without being overwhelming, as is the chapter on medications. The information ranges from common problems to serious sleep disorders. All the stages of life are included, from children to the elderly. Guidelines are included for workers, parents, and students. My only criticism: while there is helpful information on sleep problems in pregnancy, the information on menopause is quite limited and brief. This is the only reason I am not giving the book five stars. I would recommend A Woman's Guide to Sleep by Walsleben and Baron-Faust for more extensive coverage of women's sleep issues.
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