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Book Review: “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep”

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep by Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, D.O.

Reviewed by Simrann Sidhu, Community Health Education Center Intern
Community Health Education Ctr  General Collection (RC547 .F65 2006)

Getting a good night sleep is crucial. Most of us are so busy during the day, that winding down is essential, or it can be detrimental to our health. The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to maintain proper bodily function. When you sleep your body replenishes itself. Growth hormones are secreted at a high rate and your metabolism is stabilized during this time. Muscles are also relaxed and tissue repair occurs when you sleep. When you don’t get the proper amount of rest, these bodily functions stop and affect how you operate during the day.

The book “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep” is about different sleep disorders and how you can get over them. It consists of twelve chapters with a quick tip section at the end on how to get good sleep. Each chapter consists of a small section about symptoms on a sleeping disorder and then follows up with a section about tips to help get through it. The first chapters talk about ways to recognize if you have a sleeping disorder. The following chapters then describe various sleeping disorders and ways to overcome them. The book also talks about general tips and tricks to fall and stay asleep at the very end.

This book is a good resource for people with sleeping problems. It is appropriate for young adults in college and older because that is when difficulty with sleep starts occurring. The author is a licensed Osteopathic Doctor which makes the content in the book reliable and thorough. By the end of the book, the reader should have general knowledge of sleeping disorders and how to treat them at home.

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