Overcoming Sleep Disorders Naturally

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Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2005 - Health & Fitness - 152 pages
This book explains, in easy-to-understand terms, the numerous (and sometimes complicated) factors that influence sleep and wakefulness. Although sleep deprivation is so commonplace in our stress-filled society that it is taken for granted, "sleep debt" is actually very costly. This title will help readers regain the ability to sleep well and improve overall health. This book also provides a handy guide to selecting and purchasing natural sleep remedies and lists additional resources for finding sleep-related information and products.
 

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Contents

Why a Good Nights Sleep Is Essential for Your Health
3
Insomnia and Its Primary Causes
12
Other Sleep Disorders and Sleep Problems
25
Diet and Nutrition for Restful Sleep and Optimal Energy
40
Mild Herbs for Stress and Insomnia Chamomile Hops Lemon Balm and Passionflower
58
More Powerful Herbs for Stress and Insomnia Valerian and Kava
66
An Herb for Sleep Problems Associated with Mood Disorders St Johns Wort
73
Special Supplements for Specific SleepRelated Problems Melatonin and 5HTP
83
Exercise and Relaxation Techniques to Benefit Both Sides of the SleepWake Cycle
102
Meditative and Sensory Techniques to Help You Sleep or Wake You Up
111
Sleep Medications and Why You Should Avoid Them
122
On the Path to a Better Nights Sleep
127
Glossary
129
Choosing and Using Herbs Nutritional Supplements and Essential Oils
133
Selected References
137
Resources
141

Simple Behavioral and Cognitive Strategies for a Better Nights Sleep
93

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About the author (2005)

Laurel Vukovic, M.S.W., has served as a psychoterapist, herbalist, teacher and writer for more than two decades. Since 1992 she has been a columnist and contributing editor for "Natural Health" magazine. She is also the author of several books, including "Herbal Healing Secrets for Women" and the "User's Guide to Women's Health Supplements.

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