Sleep: The Mysteries, the Problems, and the Solutions

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Penguin, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 294 pages
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The average adult will spend more than 200,000 hours sleeping in a lifetime, the equivalent of more than 8,000 days. Yet research has only just begun to decode the mysteries behind what really happens when we sleep. Now Dr. Carlos Schenck, one of the most prominent sleep doctors and researchers in the country, takes us on an extraordinary journey into the mechanisms of sleep and what can go wrong.

Dr. Schenck explains and then offers solutions for the most common sleep disorders-insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and more. But what sets this book apart is the fascinating new insights Schenck offers from the cutting-edge science that he and other researchers have pioneered in identifying, understanding, and explaining the realm of "parasomnias"- mysterious, more extreme sleep disorders such as sleep terrors, sleepwalking, dream-enactment, sleep violence, sleep-related eating disorder, sexsomnia, sleep paralysis, which affect at least 10 percent of Americans. Sleep offers fascinating-and often shocking-real-life stories drawn from Carlos Schenck's more than twenty years of clinical practice and research to illustrate the sometimes terrifying, debilitating, and even life-threatening experiences that those with parasomnias can suffer from, along with their loved ones. Backed by the latest medical research, Sleep is a groundbreaking book about what continues to be one of most mysterious and compelling medical puzzles.
 

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I'm in school to become a sleep tech. This is a great find, accessible to everyone (not just doctors) and very clear on the distinctive types of sleep disorders. I especially appreciated the case studies and Schenck's great sense of humor.

Contents

INSOMNIA BLEARYEYED NlGHTS
13
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
30
Restless Legs Syndrome
47
Circadianrhythm Disorders
75
CONFUSIONAL AROUSALS AND
85
Sleepwalking The Twilight State
100
ABNORMAL SLEEPSEX
129
Sleep Terrors The Night
143
Si eep Paralysis Dreaded Visits
160
SLEEPRELATED BlNGE EATING
178
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
197
NOCTURNAL DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS
219
Parasomma Shadows of Obstructive
241
Bed Partners Insomnia Sleeping with
265
General References on Sleep Disorders and Parasomnias
285
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David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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