Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Review: Sleep; It Does A Family Good

Sleep: It Does the Family Good
by Archibald D. Hart

This book was a real "sleeper" and I needed it. Because there are so many health, self-help books, I think of all of the diet books ever written and notice that sleep is somewhat ignored.  Considering we should spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, this is a book that is beneficial to everyone who picks it up. That is, if they become a 'doer of the words'. 

The author writes in a very easy manner. He cover sleep issues, normal sleep patterns and the science behind it.  His book is filled with personal stories of families that resolved various sleep issues. It contains helpful questionnaires to evaluate your own sleep patterns and suggestions for making improvements. The surveys are geared to different age levels, as our sleep needs change throughout our lives. He also examines the remedies for sleep problems and the pros and cons of each solution. In his work, he helps families to 'think outside the box' as they tackled their sleep problems. This could be aptly titled "Sleep for Dummies".  

I appreciated that Mr. Hart advises the reader to use this as a reference and offers spiritual application to the issue of sleep. His encouragement to nap, makes perfect sense to me. We just happen to live in a country where nappers are viewed as lazy. I knew this not to be true, as my Dad is a serious napper and a type A. Now I see where he gets his energy. At the conclusion of the book, Mr. Hart recommends a bedtime ritual of praying or repeating a word phrase that reminded me of Hinduism's use of the mantra. This is not for me, but I see the validity of quoting scripture as a way to fall asleep.

I enjoyed this book and actually took to heart the author's advice. This past month has been the most stressful month of the year. (Notice the sparse blog posts.) In all of the business, heavy physical work load, and looming deadlines, I prioritized my sleep. I found myself more productive, less prone to temper tantrums, and actually, a pleasant person in the midst of high pressure. I am sure my husband would give the author a big hug!

I received this complimentary book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

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