Synopses & Reviews
Why women aren't sleeping and what they can do about it! Discover how a good night's sleep leads to a healthy lifestyle where the average woman can feel sexy, smart and slim
At last putting the spotlight on the special circumstances of women's sleep disorders, SLEEP TO BE SEXY, SMART, AND SLIM uncovers why women aren't sleeping and addresses what they can do to restore the balance of sleep and a healthy lifestyle, with features and new findings such as eye-opening quizzes; more than 400 sure-fire strategies for banishing insomnia; how sleep needs vary throughout a woman's life, from her teens to twenty-something years, midlife to menopause, and elder years; bedtime snacks and everything else you wanted to know about food and sleep; what shift workers and jetlagged globetrotters need to know; the depression connection; sleepwalking; the truth about sleeping pills; why sleep deprivation hurts your libido; and coast-to- coast resources for getting world-class help.
When you are sleep deprived, the authors write, "you don't think straight, make good decisions, remember where you parked the car, or feel like making love." But when you do sleep, "...your brain runs a checklist that would put NASA to shame. Every system is being fine- tuned, reset, cleaned up, and restored to optimal operating mode by an army of molecular troubleshooters." Now every woman can discover the whole-life secrets of getting the best possible benefits from this blissful slumber. Showcasing dozens of tips from the nation's foremost clinicians and physicians in the field of sleep disorders, along with memorable testimonials from diverse women who share their best sleep solutions, SLEEP TO BE SEXY, SMART, AND SLIM puts the outdated myths to bed and awakens readers to a new world of joy and vitality.
"Health writer Michaud (Total Health for Women) and Reader's Digest health director Bain make a convincing case for the serious impact sleep deprivation has on women's health-including weight gain, diminished libido, irritability and difficulty concentrating, not to mention potentially fatal effects like falling asleep at the wheel-and offer worthwhile advice on getting a full night's rest. Thirty pages of tips include strategies for slowing down and releasing stress (meditation and muscle relaxation rituals), food remedies both familiar (cookies and milk) and sophisticated (a high-carb meal four hours before bedtime), and a number of other suggestions: sleep in a cold bedroom, wear socks to bed, stay away from the computer as bed time nears (light from the computer monitor stimulates the brain and wakefulness). A long section looks at specific 'sleep saboteurs' like menopause, pregnancy, depression, illness, nightmares and jet-lag, and a final section looks at medication, including the new generation of sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta) and other classes (antidepressants, antihistamines) used for sleep. A directory of local resources completes this able one-stop reference aimed at women, but widely applicable to anyone suffering sleepless nights." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This thoughtful book is a must read!"
-Julie Silver, M.D., Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author of Super Healing and After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger
"The authors have done a masterful job of bringing together proven advice from the leading experts to help us all get the sleep we need to be at our best physically and mentally."
-Diane Heavin, Founder of Curves International and Publisher of Diane magazine
"This marvelous book presents a straightforward approach to obtaining a good night's rest."
-Mary Susan Esther, M.D., American Academy of Sleep Medicine
"This book reveals the secrets to getting a good night's sleep."
-Dean Ornish, M.D.
Based on interviews with more than 100 of the country's top sleep experts, this work provides women with an understanding of the issues surrounding sleep and offers hundreds of solutions, tips, and strategies for dealing with their unique sleep challenges.
About the Author
is an award-winning author who creates magazines, books, and website content that nurtures women. She has contributed articles to the New York Times,
and the Washington Post,
Better Homes and Gardens, and Health Magazine
and is the former editor-at-large for Prevention Magazine.
Julia Bain is health and consumer service director of Reader's Digest and is responsible for all of the magazine's health, fitness, nutrition, and personal service content. Her passionate commitment to healthy living and medical news makes her a frequent guest expert in the media. In 2007, Bain won the prestigious Samter Journalism Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for her outstanding medical reporting.