Sleep to Save Your Life - Gerard T. Lombardo & Henry Ehrlich
We're supposed to spend one-third of our lives sleeping. But today a shortage of sleep—and of the right kind of sleep—is undermining our productivity, relationships, and health. Sleep problems can contribute to diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, depression, and diabetes, and they add stress to our already hectic lives. In Sleep to Save Your Life, noted sleep expert Gerard T. Lombardo, M.D., reveals the science behind these problems and what to do about them. As director of one of New York City's busiest sleep centers, Dr. Lombardo works with the sleep problems of executives, shift workers, women, children, and the elderly in "the city that never sleeps." He offers detailed strategies for getting the best treatment—and the best sleep—possible.
* Amazon Sales Rank: #1137534 in Books
* Published on: 2006-09-01
* Released on: 2006-09-19
* Original language: English
* Number of items: 1
* Binding: Paperback
* 320 pages
From Publishers Weekly
In this thorough rundown of various sleep disorders and their cures and causes, Lombardo relies on anecdotes, research and his clinical experiences to describe the misconceptions about and effects of poor sleep habits and sleep disorders, though the sterile writing may be enough to cure some readers' mild insomnia. Lombardo, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell Medical Center, describes at length various sleep disorders, which now number over 70, and concludes many people plagued by poor sleep don't realize they may be suffering from breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea-a suffocating breathing disorder linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. He also details narcolepsy and movement disorders, such as Restless Legs Syndrome. Noting that "there is a new focus in sleep medicine to help both mind and body return to a natural rhythm of active by day and quiet by night," Lombardo claims a combination of new, non-addictive medication and therapy will rehabilitate insomniacs. The final chapters detail problems of specific demographics: children are increasingly sleep-deprived, women generally have "huge" sleep deficits, as do the elderly, though the causes are different. As the doctor says, "Like the tides, our bodies still operate on a schedule that doesn't easily change just because we want it to." Those missing some of their 40 winks will want to keep this on the nightstand.
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"Readable and entertaining. . .An especially welcome addition to consumer health collections." -- Library Journal
"Readable and entertaining." -- Library Journal