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Dement is at his best when he's talking about sleep research and the various experimental results he's witnessed over his long career. It's fascinating stuff and it comprises a large part of this book, which is why I think the work overall is pretty good. I'm glad I listened to it.
I don't give it a 5, however, because of two flaws. (1) Dement's commentary is often quite repetitive -- at the beginning and end of every section, for example, Dement drones on about how people don't realize how important sleep really is. OK, OK, we get it. (2) Dement name-drops and congratulates himself a lot. Many times, you get statements like this (paraphrasing): "When I was invited to testify before Congress, I told them how So-and-so, my good friend and distinguished colleage at Stanford, had made the remarkable discovery that...." or "In 1998, I won yet another grant from such-and-such charity, proving again the need in modern America for innovative sleep research." The book would have been better without such self-congratulatory indulgences.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book was really helpful to me. It helped me realize that I suffer from sleep apnea and didn't know it. It gives hope to anyone who might or might not have a sleep disorder. It's practical stuff that will help ANYONE get a better life's sleep. More people should know how important sleep is in our lives!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
In bed by 1030 - hoping to drift off to sleep by 11, I found myself wide awake at 1130pm. I got up, went to the internet, and surfed. I wasn't planning on getting anything like this at all, instead, I was looking for audiobooks to accompany me on my walk the next walk. Then, I came across this audio somehow. It was now 1AM, and I was still awake, but knew I had to get some sleep..but how? So, I gave this a go. I've tried other hypnosis recordings before, but this one actually works! I was asleep in 30 minutes. Wish the ipod could automatically shut down after a recording like this, because the only time I woke up when when the ipod shuffle carried on and played some other music. I woke up, switched it off and feel gently off to sleep. wonderful!