The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia
Get a Good Night's Sleep Without Relying on Medication
by Shelby Harris
Pub Date 02 Jul 2019
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For every woman who “does it all”... except get a good night’s sleep!
More than 60 percent of American women have trouble sleeping— which isn’t surprising, as they have a higher risk of developing sleeping problems. But addressing this issue is more nuanced for women than for men; pregnancy and menopause are just two factors that add complexity to an already difficult problem. At the risk of jeopardizing work, parenting, relationships, or overall health, no woman can afford to deal with sleep deprivation on her own.
The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia is a road-map for those who experience anything from occasional bad nights to chronic insomnia. It outlines several methods to overcome these issues and improve physical and emotional well- being. From medical sleep aids to non-medical approaches, the book looks beyond the basics of sleep hygiene, helping women to retrain their bodies and minds for a good night’s sleep every night.
About the Author: Shelby Harris, PsyD, is in private practice in White Plains, NY where she specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression. She is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and treats a wide variety of sleep disorders (insomnia, nightmares, circadian rhythm disorders, narcolepsy, apnea treatment noncompliance) using evidence-based non-pharmacological treatments.
“Women face more than a few unique sleep challenges and Shelby Harris has provided a straightforward, comprehensive, and much-needed resource to explain what's going on and, more importantly, what to do about it. She expertly guides the reader through state-of-the-art treatment for insomnia using her clinical experience to illustrate how even the trickiest situations can be conquered.” - Janet Krone Kennedy, PhD, author of The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You) and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor
“Dr. Harris's book is an important contribution to our understanding of the unique and often overlooked issues related to insomnia in women. A range of hormonal and lifestyle changes over the course of women's lives negatively affect their sleep patterns, and Shelby Harris provides useful, clear, and easily implementable strategies for combating insomnia at all stages of a women's life from her years of clinical experience. Essential reading for any woman trying to understand and overcome her sleep disorder.” - Renee Monderer, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Montefiore Medical Center
“Most Insomnia books do not address the unique biological alterations of sleep throughout a woman's life even though insomnia disproportionately impacts women. In this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind book, Shelby Harris finally talks directly to women about this issue. She is, without a doubt, the best sleep psychologist, having helped countless women sleep wonderfully sound. It summarizes with was a complex yet essential treatment modality for insomnia, i.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After reading it, women from any stage of life can conquer their insomnia once and for all!” - Neomi Shah, MD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY