Restless Nights - Peretz Lavie
This title is useful for people who snore. People with severe sleep apnea may struggle for breath all through the night, not breathing for as long as 90 seconds at a time during their sleep. This syndrome, which affects at least four percent of men and two percent of women, can cause daytime fatigue, traffic and work accidents, deteriorating cognitive abilities, and cardiovascular problems. In this book Peretz Lavie, an expert in sleep research, provides an accessible discussion of the history, physiology, and risk factors of sleep apnea.
* Amazon Sales Rank: #374256 in Books
* Published on: 2003-09-01
* Original language: English
* Number of items: 1
* Binding: Hardcover
* 288 pages
From The New England Journal of Medicine
"There had to be a very special reason for doctors to agree to spend their nights in a laboratory observing the brain waves of a sleeping person." So Peretz Lavie writes in Restless Nights, his authoritative, highly readable, and personal narrative of the history of sleep research. "Special" are the reasons, insights, and accomplishments of the physiologists and clinicians who appear in the pages of this book: they have helped us to understand the cardiorespiratory, cognitive, psychological, and epidemiologic science involved in breathing disorders of sleep. In presenting a history of sleep-apnea research, Lavie highlights a paradox of modern medicine: that an elegantly elucidated syndrome of repetitive asphyxiation and sleep disruption does not necessarily command the immediate attention of the entire medical and research community, or indeed of patients themselves. If the section entitled "Falling Asleep Holding a Duck," which blends a historical perspective with modern insight to describe periodic breathing and sleep apnea, does not enthrall readers interested in physiology and medicine, then it is not clear what would. Here, Lavie quotes Dr. Richard Caton's observations from 1888 that portray a terrifyingly accurate model of what is indeed common among adults and children during sleep: The thorax and abdomen are seen to heave from fruitless contractions of the inspiratory and expiratory muscles; their efforts increase in violence for about a minute or a minute and a half . . . until at last, when the condition to the onlooker is most alarming, the glottic obstruction yields, a series of long inspirations and expirations follows, and cyanosis disappears. . . . The night nurses state that these attacks go on throughout the night. Lavie's discussion of cardiovascular links to sleep-disordered breathing is particularly compelling and should be eye-opening to primary care physicians and specialists alike. Also well treated are such topics as the epidemiology of sleep-disordered breathing, the development and refinement of treatments (both invasive and noninvasive) for sleep apnea, the future of sleep medicine, and education. The book may also disappoint, for it does not decisively target its audience. The title, subtitle, and associated blurb on the front cover ("Snoring and sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health") address the lay reader. The book, however, neither lists practical recommendations for patients at risk for sleep-disordered breathing nor serves as a consistently satisfying reference for the clinician, physiologist, or health-systems analyst; there are many instances in which the writing tends toward scientifically trivial phrases geared to the lay public. It is also disappointing that the book does not acknowledge the work of scores of clinicians and researchers who have made seminal contributions to our understanding of the physiology, pathogenesis, consequences, and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. In the end, however, it is clear that much of the exhilarating insight of Restless Nights is fundamental not only to sleep medicine but to all of medicine. All readers who are interested in the optimal practice of medicine in the 21st century would be well advised to take notice. Robert C. Basner, M.D.
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". . . authoritative, highly readable, and personal . . . exhilirating insight . . . fundamental not only to sleep medicine but to all of medicine." -- Robert C. Basner, New England Journal of Medicine
"In this engaging and historically rich book, we discover the prevalence of sleep apnea, its ability to disrupt our everday lives, and its key role as a major risk factor for hypertension, heart disease, and other degenerative conditions. The book also provides a comprehensive road map to overcoming this pervasive problem." Ray Kurzweil, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines and recipient of the National Medal of Technology
. . . . [A]n entertaining. . . . [,]informative walk through the history of sleep science. . . . a fascinating read that won't help anyone fall asleep. -- Tania Hershman, New Scientist
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"In this engaging and historically rich book, we discover the prevalence of sleep apnea, its ability to disrupt our everyday lives, and its key role as a major risk factor for hypertension, heart disease, and other degenerative conditions. The book also provides a comprehensive roadmap to overcoming this pervasive problem." -Ray Kurzweil, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines and recipient of the National Medal of Technology