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Sleep Disorders for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764539019
ISBN-13: 9780764539015
Edition: 2004
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Description: Covers insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legsImprove your sleep habits, manage stress, and get your zzzzzzzzsCan’t sleep? Not sleeping soundly? This reassuring guide offers solid advice on the different sleep disorders and what you can do to get a  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Covers insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legsImprove your sleep habits, manage stress, and get your zzzzzzzzsCan’t sleep? Not sleeping soundly? This reassuring guide offers solid advice on the different sleep disorders and what you can do to get a good night’s rest. From narcolepsy to night terrors, you’ll see how to prevent and manage sleep problems and get proper treatment. There are also savvy tips on preventing jet lag and getting kids to bed without fuss.The Dummies WayExplanations in plain English"Get in, get out" informationIcons and other navigational aidsTear–out cheat sheetTop ten listsA dash of humor and funDiscover how to:Get an accurate diagnosisFind relief from your symptomsLocate a sleep labHandle your child’s sleep disorderTurn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary

Foreword
Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You Can Skip
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
I Couldn't Sleep at All Last Night
Sleep, Blessed Sleep
Sleep: Recharging Your Brain and Body
While you were out
Telling time--your brain's internal clock
Deciding how much sleep is enough
Recognizing the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
Problems associated with poor sleep
Sleepiness and driving
Sleepiness and industrial accidents
What Sound Sleep Giveth, Sleep Disorders Taketh Away
Do you need help? Examining your symptoms
Reviewing the diagnostic process
Taking a quick look at sleep and sleep disorders
Evaluating Your Sleep
Considering the Causes of Poor Sleep--Is Your Problem Chronic or Temporary?
Identifying causes of temporary sleeplessness
Pinpointing chronic sleeplessness
Taking the First Steps toward Diagnosis
Keeping a sleep diary
Adding up your sleep debt
Calling Mr. Sandman--Seeking Professional Help
What's Up, Doc? Getting a Diagnosis
Consulting a Doctor
Starting with your PCP
Being referred to a sleep specialist
Getting Current on Your Insurance Coverage
Testing, Testing--One, Two, Zzzzz: Undergoing Evaluation at a Sleep Lab
Locating an accredited sleep lab
Touring a sleep lab
Being tested
Receiving the results
Insomnia: The Most Famous Dyssomnia of Them All
I Can't Sleep a Wink: Examining Insomnia
So What Is Insomnia, Anyway?
Who Gets Insomnia?
Why women have insomnia more frequently than men
Growing older with insomnia
Insomnia and depression
Classifying the Types of Insomnia
According to the type of sleep disturbance
According to the duration of symptoms
According to underlying causes
Sleep mechanisms gone awry
Considering Common Causes of Insomnia
Focusing on the Symptoms of Primary Insomnia
Diagnosing Insomnia
Sleep history
Sleep studies
Treating Insomnia
Using prescription sleep aids
Using OTC sleep aids
Using herbal sleep aids
Effective behavioral treatments
Kicking the Sleep Habit--Movement Disorders and Insomnia
The creepy crawlers--RLS
Shake a leg--PLMD
Dealing with Secondary Insomnia
Howling at the Moon: Pain--The Great Awakener
Looking at how pain disrupts sleep
Identifying the most common causes of nighttime pain
Alleviating pain for a good night's sleep
Fighting for Breath--Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
How breathing problems make sleep difficult
Promoting better sleep in patients with breathing problems
Worrying about Heart Disease
Sleep apnea and heart disease
Anxiety and sleeplessness in cardiac patients
I Shouldn't Have Eaten That Anchovy Pizza--Indigestion and Sleeplessness
Burning the Midnight Oil--Sleep and Mental Health
Battling the blues--sleep and depression
Who's that hiding underneath my bed? Paranoia
Too wired to sleep, or too sad--bipolar disorder
Fretting the night away--anxiety disorders
It's happening again--post traumatic stress disorder
Wintering the storm--seasonal affective disorder
Adopting a Sleep-Well Lifestyle
Promoting Good Sleep Hygiene
Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits
Including sleep in your regular daily routine
Making sleep a priority
Choosing your bedtime
Planning ahead for bedtime
A Good Book, a Glass of Milk, and You: Benefiting from a Bedtime Routine
Putting a plan in place
Winding down: Considering activities conducive to sleep
Avoiding Known Sleep Disrupters
Managing stress
Feeling your pain
Illness
Battling nasal congestion
Reconsidering stimulating herbal supplements
Getting "un-wired"--avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco late at night
Avoiding problem foods
Adjusting Your Bedroom Environment for a Better Night's Sleep
Keeping Negative Emotional Energy Out of the Bedroom
Canning Clutter
Tempering the Temperature
Tracking Down the Invisible Sleep Interrupter: Poor Air Quality
Ahchoo! Dealing with aggravating allergens
Handling humidity
Sleeping with the Lights On
Blocking Out Noise for Some Zzzzzzs
Getting the Lumps Out--Choosing Comfortable Bedding
Removing the pea from under your mattress
Picking the pillow that's right for you
Loving the linens you're lying on
Reconsidering Your Bedfellows
Catering to your kids' needs without sacrificing your sleep
Putting your pets in their place
Sleeping with a restless spouse
Sleeping Safety
Burning issues--nighttime fires
Breathing in danger
Everything You Need to Know about Other Troubling Dyssomnias
Mixing Up Day for Night: Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Understanding Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Leaving on a Jet Plane: Jet Lag
How does jet lag affect you?
Preventing jet lag
Treating jet lag
Working Odd Hours: Shift-Work Sleep Disorder
Factories go all night--why can't you?
Connecting sleep problems and night-shift workers
How does shift-work sleep disorder affect you?
Treating shift-work sleep disorder
Coping with Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome
How does DSPS affect you?
Treating DSPS
Reviewing the Less Common Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Dealing with an irregular sleep-wake pattern
Handling advanced sleep-phase syndrome
Looking at non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome
There's Snoring, and Then There's Snoring: Dealing with Sleep Apnea
Snoring 101
Looking at the science of snoring
Considering some causes
Evaluating your treatment options
Knowing When Snoring Is Dangerous: Sleep Apnea
Categorizing sleep apnea
Wrecking sleep: What sleep apnea does
Understanding risk factors for sleep apnea
Recognizing symptoms of sleep apnea for an accurate diagnosis
Diagnosing sleep apnea
Treating sleep apnea
Falling Asleep Standing Up: Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia
Understanding Narcolepsy
Pinpointing narcolepsy's causes
Identifying narcolepsy's symptoms
Diagnosing and treating narcolepsy
Living with narcolepsy
Coping with Hypersomnia
Hypersomnia versus narcolepsy
Getting a diagnosis and treatment
Walking, Talking, and Other Parasomnias
While You Were Sleeping: Walking, Talking, and Other Strange Nighttime Activities
Figuring Out What Parasomnia Means
What causes parasomnias?
Genetic predisposition
Diagnosing and treating parasomnias
I Was Up Last Night, but Didn't Even Know It--Arousal Disorders
The midnight strider--sleepwalking
Confusional arousals
The midnight raider--eating while sleeping
Rough Passage--Sleep-Wake Transition Disorders
Talking in your sleep--somniloquy
Headbanging and bodyrocking--rhythmic movement disorder
Ouch! Now I'm awake for sure!--nocturnal leg cramps
Please help me, I'm falling--sleep starts
Grinding Your Teeth: Bruxism
Dripping with Night Sweat
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Night Terrors and Other Frightening or Unpleasant Sleep Problems
Being Scared Out of Your Wits and Not Knowing Why--Night Terrors
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Confronting the Monster in the Closet--Nightmares
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Hypnagogic Hallucinations (Sometimes Terrifying, Usually Not)
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
When Sleep Turns Violent--REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Frozen to the Bed--Sleep Paralysis
Causes
Symptoms
Dealing with Nocturnal Seizures or Sleep Epilepsy
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Suffering with Sleep-Related Painful Erections
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Hidden Danger--REM-Related Sinus Arrest
Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Living with a Parasomnia
Staying Safe
Making a plan
"Sleep-proofing" your bedroom
Down the up staircase
File under "sleep"--considering the bedroom office
Securing the kitchen and bathroom
Escape-proofing your house
Managing a Sleepwalking or Dream-Enactment Parasomnia Episode
Don't fence me in--pondering restraints
Padding for protection
Sleeping in separate bedrooms
Sleeping in the same room, but separate beds
Adjusting to Your New Routine
Battling the Midnight Blues: Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Grappling with Why Your Child Won't Go to Bed
Showing your child good sleep habits
Building a bedtime routine
Analyzing Your Child's Possible Sleep Disorder
Identifying Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Infant and childhood sleep apnea
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Sleepwalking and sleep talking
Sleep terrors and nightmares
Bedwetting
Rhythmic movement disorders
Teeth grinding
The Part of Tens
The Top Ten Sleep Disrupters--And How to Deal with 'Em
Pain
High Caffeine Consumption
Emotional Upsets
Too Darn Hot (or Too Darn Cold)
Stress
Illness
Indigestion
Reaction to Medication
Unfamiliar Environment
Exercise
Ten Signs That Your Bedmate Has a Sleep Disorder
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Snoring Really Loud
Sleepwalking
Eating in the Middle of the Night but Denying It in the Morning
Grinding Teeth
Restlessly Moving Your Limbs
Unexplained Bruises or Other Injuries upon Awakening
Cranky, Irritable Mood
Poor Judgment and Memory Lapses
Recurrent Nightmares
Ten Tips to Help You Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary
Change the Lighting
Keep Cool with a Ceiling Fan
Get a Comfier Mattress
Paint the Walls a Soothing Color
Add a Tabletop Fountain
Use an Aromatherapy Diffuser
Scent Your Bed Linens
"Home Office" Doesn't Mean "Bedroom Office"
Throw Out Decorative Items You Hate
Declutter
Resources and Products
Finding Helpful Information Online
Sleep organization sites
General information sites
Purchasing Valuable Products
Pillow cooler
Memory foam mattresses
Feather beds
Dream pillows
Jet lag visors and light boxes
Earplugs
Index

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