Top positive review
Everyone! Read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2018
I developed severe insomnia that, after several months, was threatening to become chronic. I took alprazolam, then trazodone, then temazepam. As my medicine cabinet slowly became a collection of barely-pronounceable sedatives, I saw no real solution ahead. I augmented the drugs with sleep hygiene, mindfulness meditation, and even a few ‘natural’ aids like melatonin, Chamomile, kava, etc. I still suffered from sleep anxiety. I still dreaded bedtime, knowing that, if I didn’t pop some pills, I would wake up after an hour or two and be up most of the night. My next step was to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist, but I decided to read this book first.
I’m cautiously skeptical of glowing reviews, and I certainly don’t write them very often. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that my sleep pattern (or lack of one) changed immediately after finishing this book. I felt my anxiety evaporating just halfway through it. The myriad internet articles, listicles, blogs, advice columns, and pseudoscience garbage that I’d driven myself crazy with instantly became irrelevant. Much of this book is devoted to a basic understanding of the science of sleep in an approachable, often very funny way. As the mystery of my sleep problem vanished, so went my fear. Through simple sleep restriction with a rock-solid earlier wake-up time, I finally solved my bout of insomnia, going from 1-4 hours of sleep per night to a minimum of 7. CBT was the answer, not drugs that almost rhyme with ‘marzipan’. Mmm… marzipan.
This book may not be the magic potion for everyone, but I think it’s absolutely essential reading… even if you’re happy with your sleep.