A Complete Home Reference for Sleep

Vol. 19 •Issue 13 • Page 32A
Book Review

A Complete Home Reference for Sleep

Getting A Good Night’s Sleep: A Cleveland Clinic Guide by Nancy Foldvary, DO, is one of a series of new books written by physicians from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Through true cases of victims to a wide range of problems such as simple insomnia and dangerous sleepwalking, it provides a straightforward and clear examination of this serious disorder and serves as a complete home reference.

The mission of the Cleveland Clinic Press (CCP) is to increase health literacy and dispel myths and misinformation about medicine, health care and treatment.

As Americans, we often write off restless nights as a way of life, not realizing that sleep ranks in importance with diet and exercise as vital to our health. Many Americans—70 million to be exact—are sleep-deficient. Most people often regard sleep as not critical but extracurricular and optional. This attitude is dangerous and detrimental to our health.

In her book, Foldvary concisely discusses sleep disorders and their effective remedies. This book gives the sleepless what they need: real, substantive information from a source that is trusted by people all over the world. The book shows:

  • Why sleep isn’t a luxury but a necessity.
  • Why sleep is such an impossible state of mind for some of us.
  • What is sleep anyway?
  • Who has sleep disorders?
  • Determining whether you have a sleep disorder.
  • The sleep lab and diagnosis.
  • Sleep diagnosis and the international classifications of sleep.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Narcolepsy.
  • Restless leg syndrome.
  • Psychophysiologic insomnia.
  • Night terrors/sleep walking.
  • REM behavior disorder.
  • Sleep problems in special populations (infants, toddlers, teens, elderly).
  • Research and development efforts (life in a sleep lab).

    The author is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders program and the Sleep Lab at the Cleveland Clinic. Since 1995 she has been involved with research and writing on sleep issues.

    To order this paperback book, contact Cleveland Clinic Press, 9500 Euclid Ave., NA32, Cleveland, OH 44195. Cost is $14.95. ISBN: 1-59624-014-8.

    About the reviewer: Beth Shepard is a communications specialist and principal of Beth Shepard Communications, LLC.

    Getting A Good Night’s Sleep: A Cleveland Clinic Guide
    By Nancy Foldvary, DO
    $14.95 Cleveland Clinic Press 2006