The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep

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The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep

Format:  Paperback,

556 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2000

ISBN-13: 9780440509011

ISBN-10: 0440509017

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Sleep better, live longer with the groundbreaking information and step-by-step program in this revolutionary book.
Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep--and the price of sleep deprivation. In this groundbreaking book, based on decades of study on the frontiers of sleep science, Dr. William Dement, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, explains what happens when we sleep, when we don't, and how we can reclaim the most powerful--and underrated--health miracle of all.
Taking us on a fascinating tour of our sleeping body and mind, Dr. Dement reveals the price we have paid for ignoring sleep--an epidemic of heart disease, 33 percent of traffic-fatigue-related accidents, and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. And he offers a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, including...self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need...the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids...the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system...how to combat insomnia, snoring, and jet lag...plus information on sleep disorder clinics nationwide, Web sites, and more.
Taking readers on a fascinating tour of our sleeping body and mind,
Dr. William C. Dement reveals the price paid for ignoring sleep--an epidemic of heart disease, traffic-fatigue-related accidents (responsible for a full third of all traffic accidents), and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. Offering a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, THE PROMISE OF SLEEP includes self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need, full information on the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids, the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system, helpful methods for combating insomnia, snoring, and jet lag, plus information on sleep disorder clinics nationwide, sleep disorder Web sites, and more.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2000
ISBN-13: 9780440509011
ISBN-10: 0440509017
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 556
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.5

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-04-15)

Wake up, America! After four decades of sleep research, Dement, the grand old man in this field, wrote this book to penetrate the public consciousness with what is factually known about sleep. He states that the world is living in such a perpetual state of sleep deprivation that we have come to accept it as the norm. Dement makes a convincing case for lack of sleep being the hidden 'cause of many accidents and deaths, including the infamous Exxon Valdez disaster.

His chilling description of the effects of apnea will motivate readers who snore to see their physicians. He also details what is known about dreams, insomnia, and rare, fascinating disorders such as narcolepsy, sometimes in exhaustive detail. The last section details how to regain the healthy sleep many remember from their childhood and includes a list of sleep centers for more serious problems. This title should be a part of all consumer health collections.

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/98.] - Kelly Hensley, Sherrod, East Tennessee State Univ Lib., Johnson City

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Awards and Recognitions

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 1999 (United States)

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