"Although we often take sleep for granted, each of us, at some point in our lives, has had difficulty sleeping. From young children having nightmares to seniors experiencing insomnia, sleep deprivation is a common problem across all ages. In this comprehensive book, Dr. Paul Caldwell helps readers understand what makes or breaks a good night's sleep, and offers clear advice on how to achieve better sleep. He discusses such topics as: why we can't get enough sleep-the effects of diet, exercise and sex; the effects of shift work, jet lag and seasonal affective disorder; what causes snoring and sleep apnea; sleep disorders in children and seniors; drugs and sleep-what interferes and what helps. Complete with informative case studies, diagrams and sidebars, SLEEP is your guide to understanding the sleep process for a healthier mind and body."--BOOK COVER.
Why do we sleep? How much sleep do we really need? What causes sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia--and what can be done about these sleep disorders? Why do older people have more trouble sleeping than young people? We have all puzzled over--or been plagued by--the mysteries of sleep. Now a leading researcher on sleep provides an engaging and informative introduction to the subject that answers many of our questions. Peretz Lavie surveys the entire field of sleep research and sleep medicine--from the structure of sleep stages and the brain centers involved in sleep regulation to the reasons for and significance of dreams, the importance of sleep in maintaining good health, and the function of biological rhythms--interweaving facts with fascinating case histories, anecdotes, and personal reflections. We learn, for example, about: *development of sleep patterns from infancy to adulthood and in the aged; *the wide variety of sleep habits in animals; *dreams of Holocaust survivors; *sleep under the threat of Scud missile attacks; *how melatonin influences sleep; *the story of the "Acrobat's Leap" sleep-deprivation experiments in the Israeli army; *how to treat insomnia; *what to do with a baby who refuses to go to sleep; and much more. Originally published in Hebrew to great acclaim, this book will enlighten and entertain everyone interested in how and why we sleep.
A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions & Visitors of the Night
Author: Ryan Hurd
Publisher: Hyena Press
Category: Sleep paralysis
Experienced by millions as supernatural assault, isolated sleep paralysis (ISP) feels like being awake and aware in bed as someone - or something - holds you down. These sensations are sometimes accompanied by frightening and realistic hallucinations. In this book these encounters with ghosts, vampires - and even succubi - are honored afresh from the perspective of contemporary dream science. Although terrifying, ISP visions can also be a reliable portal to other extraordinary states, including lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences and otherworldly journeys.
How much of your waking time are you fully awake? On the other hand, how often do you stumble through the day on autopilot, half-asleep and out of contact with yourself, instead of feeling connected and alive? In this astounding book, Steve Taylor suggests that our normal consciousness is really a kind of "sleep" from which we sometimes "wake up" into a more intense and complete reality. He provides what is perhaps the first-ever clear explanation of higher states of consciousness, or "awakening experiences." This work delves into: • the methods we human beings have used throughout history to induce awakening experiences, including meditation, sex, sports, psychedelic drugs, and sleep deprivation • how higher states of consciousness were normal and natural to some of the world’s peoples (and still are, in some cases) • and how we can make "wakefulness" our normal state again. By fully explaining awakening experiences, the author makes them much more accessible, which may lead to a revolution in our psychological development as human beings!
Lucid dreams are dreams in which a person becomes aware that they are dreaming. They are different from ordinary dreams, not just because of the dreamer's awareness that they are dreaming, but because lucid dreams are often strikingly realistic and may be emotionally charged to the point of elation. Celia Green and Charles McCreery have written a unique introduction to lucid dreams that will appeal to the specialist and general reader alike. The authors explore the experience of lucid dreaming, relate it to other experiences such as out-of-the-body experiences (to which they see it as closely related) and apparitions, and look at how lucid dreams can be induced and controlled. They explore their use for therapeutic purposes such as counteracting nightmares. Their study is illustrated throughout with many case histories.
A dream hacker explains how to learn and use liminal dreaming and lucid dreaming for creativity, healing, and consciousness exploration. At the edges of consciousness, between waking and sleeping, there’s a swirling, free associative state of mind that is the domain of liminal dreams. Working with liminal dreams can improve sleep, mitigate anxiety and depression, help to heal trauma, and aid creativity and problem-solving. Readers of Liminal Dreaming will learn step-by-step how to create a dream practice outside of REM-sleep states that they can incorporate into their lives in personally meaningful ways.
Break negative sleep patterns for better rest and happiness. We all go through patches when we find it hard to sleep. Either we have problems dropping off at night or we wake in the early hours with thoughts buzzing round in our minds. Sometimes it seems impossible to get that elusive night's sleep we so badly crave, but this book will show you how to break negative patterns, get more rest and improve your wellbeing. Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar draw on the very latest developments in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and popular psychology, to guide you through proven techniques to help you get your sleep patterns back on track. You will feel rested, happier, and immediately reap the benefits in your everyday life. Praise for the This Book Will series: 'Top tips for making your life loads better.' Cosmo 'The answer to all my problems.' Katie Piper 'Take on January with new-found serenity with this series of self-help books' Stylist
For Harriet, Eden university is a chance to escape the shadows of a family tragedy and reinvent herself, even though she doesn't know exactly who she is or where she belongs. She's grown up hiding from curious eyes, and seeking refuge in the music of Dark Island, who appear to be the only ones who have words for her hidden traumas
Sleep is a unique field because it draws on the expertise of a multitude of subspecialties for insights into pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management, which is a reflection of the complex interplay between sleep and health or disease. Sleep serves as a biomarker of a host of medical conditions (e.g., heart failure, neurodegenerative disease) and influences the physical and mental resiliency of both healthy individuals and those with disease. Moreover, sleep often affects not only patients but also--and sometimes disproportionately--their bed partners and family members. As a result, patients often present to the sleep clinic through referrals from other first-line care providers or specialists as well as at the behest of someone else.
A Guide to Causes, Effects and Management, with Personal Accounts
Author: Phyllis L. Brodsky
Category: Health & Fitness
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects people worldwide. This text provides those with sleep problems or chronic insomnia an overview of research on the causes of sleep loss and the physical effects of insomnia, as well as possible treatments. Disorders are summarized and illustrated with real-life stories about sleep experiences and remedies. This is a concise guide to help readers improve their sleep habits and lives.
"The physiology and psychology of sleep and waking are addressed in twelve chapters covering the following broad categories : consciousness; electroencephalography; cerebral vigilance; attention and imagery; the border between sleep and waking; dreaming; sleep as provoked response; sleep deprivation; and clinical sleep conditions"--Chapter. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved).
A CBA BestsellerIf you feel stressed, disillusioned, or simply worn-out by life, take heart. In the tradition of Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt, Karen Linamen delivers humor that will lift your spirits and insights that will help you experience true healing.
Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family
Author: La Leche League International
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Category: Health & Fitness
Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research. It’s 4 A.M. You’ve nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You’re beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You’ve heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn’t. Sweet Sleep is within reach. This invaluable resource will help you • sleep better tonight in under ten minutes with the Quick Start guide—and sleep safer every night with the Safe Sleep Seven checklist • sort out the facts and fictions of bedsharing and SIDS • learn about normal sleep at every age and stage, from newborn to new parent • direct your baby toward longer sleep when he’s ready • tailor your approach to your baby’s temperament • uncover the hidden costs of sleep training and “cry it out” techniques • navigate naps at home and daycare • handle concerns from family, friends, and physicians • enjoy stories and tips from mothers like you • make the soundest sleep decisions for your family and your life Advance praise for Sweet Sleep “Chock-full of advice and information . . . The editors smartly break the information into digestible bits organized by topics and age ranges. And for any parent desperate for an uninterrupted few hours of sleep, the advice is worth the read. Sweet Sleep includes extensive information on creating a safe sleep space, helping children learn to sleep on their own and defusing criticism of your family’s choices. . . . This book is nothing but supportive of whatever your choices are about nursing and sleeping.”—BookPage “An essential guide for parents . . . detailed, practical advice on bed sharing and breast-feeding, with basic guidelines for safe bed sharing outlined in seven steps.”—Publishers Weekly
The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners to Achieve Confidence and Fight Against Anxiety with Guided Meditation to Sleep Better with Spiritual Healing
Author: Hypnosis And Meditation Academy
Everyone wishes they had a better sleeping routine. Some people try to attain a full eight hours of sleep, while others would be grateful to be able to fall asleep at all. Sometimes, you cannot help your sleeplessness. Sometimes, sleeplessness is so persistent that it develops into insomnia. Perhaps, once your head hits the pillow, all of your anxieties and worries relentlessly flash across your brain. You think about whether you locked the door if you will meet your deadlines at work, if you are achieving the goals you set for yourself, or maybe how to achieve happiness in your daily life. When you are operating on little sleep and experiencing anxiety and stress, it can manifest physically in the form of stomach pains, headaches, and muscle tension or pain. It is distressing to think that your body can be physically affected by what is going on in your mind that you can feel pain because you are stressed and exhausted. This is no way to live. Your mind and body need sleep to function correctly. This book covers: ◆ History of hypnosis ◆ Principle of hypnosis ◆ What hypnosis can be and is not ◆ Introduction to self-hypnosis ◆ How to beat anxiety to sleep better ◆ Tips and tricks to fall sleep And much more! Sleep hypnosis has helped promote deep sleep in people who struggle with insomnia and the related symptoms of stress, anxiety, and even depression. It is a solution to insomnia that has been scientifically studied for years and proven to work for most people suffering from sleeplessness. It is probably time to try a different solution to your sleep problem; so, let's take a look into why sleep hypnosis is so effective. Ready to get started? Click "Buy Now"!
Sleep dysfunction is one of the primary symptoms reported by patients with psychiatric disorders, and specifically those suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders. Conversely, primary insomnia and other sleep disorders produce symptoms of mood disturbance that are quite similar to those reported by patients with psychiatric disorders. Because of this overlap in the symptoms and treatments for insomnias and psychiatric disorders, it is important for clinicians to be able to accurately identify the root cause of sleep dysfunction in individual patients in order to optimize treatment. Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, Sleep Disorders provides clinicians with an overview of current understanding of sleep physiology, the pathophysiology of sleep disturbance, and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. This second edition includes new sections covering sleep problems in children, sleep in the elderly, and sleep in pregnancy and menopause, as well as new algorithms from the British Association of Psychopharmacology's (BAP's) new Consensus Guidelines on the management of sleep disorders.