Holistic Sleep: Beating Insomnia With Commonsense, Medical, and New Age Techniques

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Citadel Press, Oct 1, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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We are an underslept society. At least 36 percent of Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep takes its toll. Yet when people seek help, they are usually offered a sleeping pill or an antidepressant rather than an informed assessment of their problem.

Dr. Buda's holistic approach starts by helping the sufferer determine whether medical or psychological issues might be the cause. If not, then in many cases simple commonsense techniques can be attempted, such as changing one's diet or exercise habits -- maybe even one's sexual habits. Dr. Buda gives the lowdown on sleep-promoting herbs, vitamins, and medications, including melatonin. The focus is on eliminating counterproductive bedtime habits and acquiring appropriate ones, including establishing a proper sleep ritual.

 

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Contents

Understanding the Complex World of Sleep
3
Recognizing Sleep Disorders
19
Medical and Psychological Problems
55
Melatonin the Miracle Sleep Drug?
94
RockaBye Baby
111
Senior Sleep
134
Recipes for a Good Nights Sleep
153
Improving Sleep With Sex and Exercise
171
Sleep Rituals
184
Creating a Harmonious Haven
203
Eight Steps to Perfect Sleep
224
Index
245
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Buda, an accredited clinical polysomnographer with broad certification, has a private practice in Atlanta and does research on infant sleep at the American Sudden Infant Death Institute.

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