Check It Out: So you can get to sleep

Do you struggle with insomnia?

Getting a good night's sleep is essential for optimum health. The long-term consequences of untreated sleep disorders include heart disease, stroke, obesity and other serious medical conditions.

Learn more about how sleep deprivation can impact your health and some of the latest treatment options in these guides available at the Newport Beach Public Library:

"The Insomnia Solution: The Natural, Drug-Free Way to a Good Night's Sleep" by Michael Krugman: Insomniacs who want to avoid using pharmaceuticals to induce sleep should sit up and take notice of the holistic, self-healing methods outlined in this book. Krugman, founder of the Sounder Sleep System, teaches readers how to use synchronized breathing and subtle movements of the eyes, lips, tongue and fingers to reduce stress and create a sleep-supportive lifestyle.

"A Woman's Guide to Sleep: Guaranteed Solutions for a Good Night's Rest" by Joyce A. Walsleben and Rita Baron-Faust: Many women suffer from sleep-deprivation due to hormonal fluctuations and other gender-specific issues that disrupt their sleep patterns. The authors discuss how women can use prescription drugs, exercise, over-the-counter products, biorhythm adjustments, pre-bedtime snacks and other treatments to make sleep a top priority.

"The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy" By Kim West: Child and family therapist, Kim West, teaches parents how to use gentle behavior modification techniques to encourage infants and toddlers to fall and stay asleep. This indispensable resource includes advice on interpreting newborn cries, sleep safety, nighttime feedings, room sharing, baby yoga poses, and instilling healthy sleep habits. Parents looking for alternatives to letting their babies cry it out will welcome West's practical solutions.

"Restless Nights: Understanding Snoring and Sleep Apnea" by Peretz Lavie: Sleep apnea not only disrupts sleep and causes daytime fatigue, but it is also a risk factor for hypertension and heart disease. The author explains what causes sleep apnea, how it is diagnosed, and why it is so detrimental to health in this comprehensive guide.

"Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night" by Barry Krakow: Renowned sleep specialist, Dr. Barry Krakow, shares his expertise in how to identify and treat the root causes of sleep disturbances. His seven-step program utilizes both a natural and high-tech mind-body approach to target the mental, emotional, and physical factors that interrupt sleep.

"Sleep: Your Questions Answered" by Renata L. Riha: If you're feeling pressed for time, pick up this handy primer for succinct advice for all of your sleep-related problems. This compact volume gives practical information about various sleep disorders, different treatment options, and recommended lifestyle changes to promote restful sleep.

"I Can Make You Sleep: Overcome Insomnia Forever and Get the Best Rest of Your Life" by Paul McKenna: Self-help guru, Paul McKenna, instructs readers how to improve the quality of their sleep by using simple exercises and proven techniques. The author's unique system is based on the knowledge he derived after studying insomnia for 20 years. This book also includes a guided hypnosis CD to help restore natural, healthy sleep patterns.

A Newport Beach Public Library card is your ticket to these and other savvy guides on overcoming insomnia. Hurry in today for the best selection!

CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public Library. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by accessing the catalog at For more information on the Central Library or any of the branches, call the Newport Beach Public Library at (949) 717-3800, option 2.

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