For the last few months I have believed that during one of my many trips to the used book store last summer to donate parts of my large collection, my favorite resource for sleep issues had somehow gotten into the pile.
But then last night happened. Thank God for Christmas decorating, the time when we go digging around the storage room to drag out all of the labeled boxes for the holidays. Well, we uncovered a lost stash of books. And in it… my treasured Sleep book!
I am sharing it with you because it is an excellent introduction to sleep issues and sleep disorders. When I get any questions at all that delve into concerns about sleep I consult this book, and you should too.
The author, Dr. Carlos H. Schenk is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota medical school. His book is called, “Sleep: A Groundbreaking Guide to the Mysteries, The Problems and the Solutions” and I am so happy to have it back in my possession. I even thought about buying another copy, but thankfully I came across my own before I could do it!
Chapter one is called A Tour of Sleep and subsequent chapters cover on a whole slew of potential disruptions to sleeping. There are 18 chapters each with titles that clearly help you understand the content- “Restless Legs Syndrome: The Agony of Jittery Drowsiness”, “REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: Bizarre and Violent Dream Enactment”, “Sleepwalking: The Twilight State”.
See what I mean? The book lets you flip around and gain invaluable, scientific and medically accurate information about a ton of different sleep and dreaming issues.
Dream work is fluid, I work in the world of artistic intuitive expression. This books helps me address tangible concerns about the world of sleeping which can overlap with dreaming, but is in fact, in an arena all its own. It is outside of my jurisdiction, so to speak. So, here you go. Now you have the introduction to the medical backdrop of dreams that I do. Enjoy it and share it! We are in a sleep-deprived world and we need all the help we can get with this absolutely necessary facet of life.