Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Sleep: How to Combat Insomnia and Sleep Problems

Title: The Ultimate Guide to Sleep: How to Combat Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Author: Jessica Lopez
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher: Jessica Lopez
Pages: 30

Last week, I tried out coffee that I had bought off a friend who orders the best coffee beans out there, then grounds them.  The house is filled with the most aromatic smell and the coffee was out of this world.  I love coffee but I usually don't drink it unless I'm dining out that sort of thing. All I usually have at the house is instant coffee which isn't the same.  This coffee was so good that I drank it from morning until slightly after lunch to prepare myself for a shopping trip.  When I retired for the night, images were buzzing through my head at break neck speed and I could not go to sleep for the life of me. I'm not usually a coffee drinker and I rarely have insomnia.  It was about 4 a.m. before I finally was able to settle down and sleep.

One of the points in The Ultimate Guide to Sleep was that you should keep to your usual pattern or rhythm before retiring.  Anything different that happens to you during the day or night before you retire for the night might trigger insomnia.  In my case, I knew it was this coffee that had done it because I usually fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow no matter if I've been shopping all day or sitting in front of the TV.  Not so my friend who wakes at all hours of the night and this continues night after night for her.  I tried to give her advice on what might help but before this coffee incidence, I never had any trouble going to sleep so it was hard to relate.  I did suggest that she do more in the daytime to bring on exhaustion at night and that might help her but she said nothing helps.

Perhaps she needs to read The Ultimate Guide to Sleep.  It's a short little book but it's jam packed with explanations on why you might not be sleeping and a few antidotes if it happens.  I knew about the warm milk (milk makes me throw up so that was out for me anyway), but I didn't know about other things that might helps like lavender for example.  No, you don't eat it, but the smell is a great sleep inducer.  There were a lot of other things I hadn't really thought about and you can believe tonight I will make changes in my bedroom because I woke up at 4 and couldn't go back to sleep.  I don't know if that qualifies to be labeled insomnia but it was definitely irritating to have to lie there wishing daylight would come fast or I could go on and go back to sleep.  Little things will wake me up during the night but I usually have no problem turning over and returning to dreamland.

There were lots of useful pointers even though the book was only 30 pages long.  Frankly, I am loving shorter ebooks now since my Kindle is on the blitz and I can read these quickly on the computer.  The author did a very good job getting her message across, it was informative (I learned a few things I didn't know which gives it extra brownie points) and something must be mentioned about the book cover which I thought was fantastic - very professional.

Not a bad little book, chock filled with good sleep inducing pointers and I really think it would help those with sleeping problems.

My Rating: