Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications (Hardcover)

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Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications (Hardcover)

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Hello Sleep is a practical and compassionate guide to having a better relationship with sleep and overcoming insomnia from Jade Wu, an experienced expert in behavioral sleep medicine.

For many people who have trouble sleeping, each night is an anxious odyssey where getting a good night’s sleep feels like a battle to win rather than a basic biologic process. Hello Sleep is a guide for people with insomnia to help them shift their relationship with sleep, so that it stops being a battle and starts being enjoyable and natural again. It is a practical, self-guided tour through evidence-based interventions for chronic insomnia, including cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), phototherapy, chronotherapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and medication tapering.

Jade Wu is a behavioral sleep medicine specialist and researcher who has helped hundreds of patients over a period of ten years. She provides in-depth but down-to-earth scientific explanations of how sleep and insomnia work; anecdotes about real patients’ experiences with overcoming insomnia; rationale for why the evidence-based interventions help; and tips for how to problem-solve common pitfalls, along with tailored recommendations for special circumstances (e.g., pregnancy/postpartum, menopause, chronic pain, depression, older adults etc.). Wu’s practical recommendations support a philosophical theme: Sleep is a friend, and it’s the nurturing of our relationship with this friend—rather than an anxious nightly battle—that will give us sustainable sleep health.

Hello Sleep is not a rigid set of rules or a one-size-fits-all approach. Wu believes this can make things worse for those with insomnia issues, making what was once easy and intuitive into something effortful and elusive. Instead, this book treats insomniacs with respect, by giving them knowledge and empowering them to trust themselves and their own sleep.

JADE WU, PhD, DBSM, is a Board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist and researcher at Duke University School of Medicine. She is a contributor to NBC News, BBC News, Scientific American, and a former writer and host of the popular Savvy Psychologist podcast. She is the former Co-Chair of Outreach and Public Education at the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family and (too many) animals.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250828408
ISBN-10: 1250828406
Publisher: St. Martin's Essentials
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English

“A compassionate guide to combating insomnia…Readers struggling to get enough sleep will find a welcome resource here.”Publishers Weekly

Hello Sleep gets at a fundamental truth about insomnia that is often overlooked--overcoming insomnia is not about trying harder, but rather repairing your relationship with sleep. This book provides concrete, science-based advice, and Dr. Wu writes with insight, compassion, and humor that will help readers regain a sense of wonder and appreciation toward their sleep.”—Jennifer Mundt, PhD, DBSM, Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, Assistant Professor of Neurology (Sleep Medicine)

“An easy to read but factually dense guide that will take its readers from the darkness of insomnia to a new-found confidence in their own sleep. Insomnia can be fixed, and the steps are here in the pages that follow.”—W. Chris Winter, MD, author of The Sleep Solution and The Rested Child

“If you are tired of trying to solve the riddle of insomnia, this book will be your new best friend. Dr. Wu reveals how changing your relationship with sleep can be more important than following a list of do’s and don’ts. The result is a book full of answers to those burning sleep questions along with a practical plan that will rekindle your love for sleep.”—Jason C. Ong, PhD, DBSM, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Director at Nox Health, Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at Feinberg School of Medicine.