Sleep to Save Your Life: The Complete Guide to Living Longer and Healthier Through Restorative Sleep

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Harper Collins, Sep 20, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 308 pages

A guide to life–saving sleep––addressing the modern epidemic many of us unknowingly suffer from, and showing how to confront this new big health risk in order to live longer, healthier lives.

Humans spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping. With eating and exercise, sleep completes the crucial triad for health. Yet today a sleep crisis is undermining our productivity, relationships, and short–term and long–term health. Current research identifies poor sleep (specifically sleep apnea) as a significant cofactor in a growing number of diseases (e.g., asthma, hypertension, heart disease, depression, diabetes). Poor sleep makes any illness worse. It runs in families. It is affected by habits, allergies, anatomy, diet/exercise, and smoking. It is the modern malady of our stress–laden, 24/7 lives.

Sleep to Save Your Life reveals these new understandings and what to do about them, based on Dr. Lombardo's experience advising transit unions, Wall Streeters, athletes, and police in the "city that never sleeps." Easy–to–follow physiology is combined with self–assessments, dietary and behavioral programs, and advice on getting the best treatment. We learn why you shouldn't hit the snooze button. . .how getting extra sleep doesn't counteract sleep deprivation. . .which activities worsen sleep problems. . .when and what to eat for better sleep. . .whether chamomile tea, warm milk, and other remedies really work. . .and more. This is a total guide covering at–home help alongside discussion of cutting–edge medical treatment.

 

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Contents

Why This Book?
1
Sleep to Save Your Life
7
Asleep on Your Feet?
18
Ready to Sleep
35
Good Days Bad Days
50
SnoringNot a Laughing Matter
61
Sleep ApneaWhen Breathing Stops
82
Snoring and Apnea Treatment
105
Insomnia
165
Around SleepThe Mysteries of Parasomnias
193
Whats the Matter with Kids Today?
208
Unique ChangesWomen and Sleep
224
Older Wiser and Sleepier
240
Low GearThe Problems of Shift Workers
262
Sleep Diaries
279
Resources
295

NarcolepsyWhen Sleep Attacks
128
Restless LegsPain in Motion
153

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About the author (2005)

Gerard T. Lombardo, M.D., is the founder and director of the Sleep Center at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, and assistant professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell Medical Center. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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