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The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep (Harvard Medical School Guides)

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A book by Lawrence Epstein

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Author: Lawrence Epstein
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
1 review about The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good...

Warning! This book may put you to sleep

  • Jun 22, 2009
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In the best possible way, of course: well-rested, with a good understanding of the importance of sleep, the biology of sleep, sleep facts and myths, and instruction in how to prepare yourself for the best possible sleep for you.

The first section of the book covers these topics in easy to understand layman's terms, but also without talking down to the reader (a delicate balance for writers in fields, like medicine, where technical knowledge can be complex and not well known). Every reader will find the first section worth their time to read straight through.

The second section of the book covers sleep disorders--broadly defined as anything that disturbs sleep. Most readers will search the table of contents and the index to identify their particular issue: from common ones like snoring (my problem) and insomnia to the more unique like parasomnia (sleepwalking and other nonwaking activities) and narcolepsy. The advice is always common sense, designed to make the reader a smarter consumer of health care in this area, and includes a chapter on sleeping medications with warnings about their limitations.

While you can buy this book from Amazon at a good price, I got my copy free from the health information resource center my employer provides as a health care benefit. You may want to pursue that route first if your employer has a similar benefit.

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