That oft-stated injunction not to do business with friends or family – to be sure, I’ve neglected it. I got word that my friend, the doctor, Lindsay Browning has written a book on sleeplessness. So, with the speed of lightening in the wind I offered to review it.
In a bout of buyer’s remorse – the species that afflicts the successful auction bidder on realisation that the auctioneer’s acceptance of his offer was a function of excessive enthusiasm rather than a reflection of the value of the auction lot – I sweated in panic: what if the book was no good? Then I recalled what my mother always told me, as I’m sure your mother always told you: if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.
Those who suffer sleeplessness want to be rid of the affliction. We all want a good night’s sleep. Dr Browning’s book, Navigating Sleeplessness, is a slim, easy-to-read publication in which she distils her knowledge of sleep, guiding us on a lively canter through stages of sleep, sleep cycles and dreams, starting with what sleep does for our bodies.
If you have any deficits in your sleep, this is a guide on how to make up the lack without worsening the ill. In the first, know if you’re getting enough sleep – what is enough? And, do you really have a problem sleeping? If it ain’t broke, fix it not.
You might have at the periphery of your consciousness, that thing about getting eight hours sleep each night. Eight hours straight of sound sleep. This is just one of the false myths the doctor dispels.
Smart alarms… they’re not that smart.
Sleep apps… proceed with care.
Lindsay elucidates ailments associated with poor sleep – but wait, is sleeplessness a symptom or cause of those ills?
All told, sleep is a function of what’s going on in your life.
This is an easily digestible work on how to get the sleep you need. It prescribes simple, mostly free remedies to make up good sleep shortfalls. It might be a simple matter of recognising habits and patterns, practising good sleep hygiene and creating the most comfortable environment for sleep. As all else, environments matter, therefore your bedroom should be comfortable and should be used for sleep (and sex) to the exclusion of all else. And, most importantly it’s a pointer on tackling serious sleep problems.
Most sleep problems can be made good. Some are obviously temporary – otherwise the parents of new bairns since the beginning of time would be doomed to eternal sleeplessness.
I’d commend this book to those with trouble sleeping.
Its brevity lends it to even those who don’t suffer sleeplessness – we’ll do well to understand the beauty of sleep.
Reader, it’s a jolly fine work – you may find it where good books are sold.