Posted by: Indonesian Children | January 14, 2009


Comprehensive book on sleep apnea

  • Phantom of the Night by TS Johnson MD and Jerry Halberstadt includes a comprehensive overview of diagnosis, therapies, and treatments for snoring and apnea. This book is intended to help each patient to consider the treatment choices and work with his or her physician to select, and succeed, with the one most appropriate to his or her needs. A major focus is the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep. CPAP is the ‘gold standard’ treatment for apnea but not the only one. Each therapy must be considered carefully, and this book provides a solid basis for such a decision.
  • Dental devices or oral devices
    Snoring and sleep apnea can sometimes respond to treatment including dental devices. This must be approached carefully and with caution, and treatments should be evaluated with a sleep study. For information provided by Larry Barsh, a dentist with a strong interest in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, see Quietsleep. The site includes information about the Sleep Disorders Dental Society, an international group of professionals concerned with the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.


  • Jacobs, G. (1998). Say Goodnight to Insomnia. New York: Henry Holt & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-8050-5547-9 This book summarizes the sleep program at Harvard Medical School. It is an excellent, comprehensive book on using effective cognitive / behavioural techniques to promote better sleep.
  • Hauri, P. & Linde, S. (1996). No More Sleepless Nights. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14904-7 It is a classic, written by a pioneer in sleep research, outlining basic sleep information and his program at the Mayo Clinic.
  • Maas, J. (1998). Power Sleep. New York: Villard Books. ISBN 0-375-50095-2 Good information on the sleep needed to learn and work most productively; coping with jetlag; and getting a conducive sleep environment.
  • Krugman, M. (2005). The Insomnia Solution. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-69324-3 This book outlines breathing and Feldenkrais exercises for in bed and before bed.
    Somer, E. (1995). Food & Mood. New York: Henry Holt & Co. Read Chapter 9 for information on food, tryptophan, serotonin and sleep.
  • Wiedman, J. (1999). Desperately Seeking Snoozin’. Memphis, Tennessee: Towering Pines Press, Inc. A good lay person’s guide to sleep restriction therapy.
  • McGee-Cooper, A. (1992). You Don’t Have To Go Home From Work Exhausted! New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-37061-8 A book about managing energy during your day and in your life.
  • Craske, M., Barlow, D., & O’Leary, T. Mastering Your Anxiety and Worry. A good workbook on techniques for controlling worry. It can be ordered in Canada from the Order Department of Harcourt Brace & Co. at 1-800-387-7278; order book number 158132327.
    Somers, Kathy. A brief summary of strategies to promote better sleep is at
    Although the Better Sleep Program is for adults, parents often ask for ideas to help their children fall asleep more easily. I am not sure how many materials are available on this subject, however child-oriented resources I like are :
  • Kalish, L. & Spahn, D. (1999). Dream Time Adventures. Pathways of Shimmering Stones. California: Imaginazium. ISBN 1-928764-11-8 (cassette), ISBN 1-928764-10-X (accompanying activity book), or visit This cassette and activity book package uses imagery and imagination to relax and unwind into sleep, and is recommended for ages 4 – 8.
  • Lite, L. (1996). A Boy And A Bear. The Children’s Relaxation Book. Florida: Specialty Press, Inc. ISBN 1-886941-07-6 This book uses a story to teach breathing and relaxation, and would be appropriate to read at bedtime for ages 3 – 10.
  • The Star Sleeper web site of the Sleep Well. Do Well. Star Sleeper Campaign. from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (USA). This web site program educates children, parents, teachers, and health providers about the importance of night time sleep. This program is aimed at ages 7 to 11 with the goal to reach children at the time they are forming life long habits. (Many ideas here can be applied to all ages.) The web address is
  • Dr. Judith Owens’ web site is for parents, teachers and researchers to learn more about infant, children, and adolescent sleep, sleep disorders, and the impact of sleep on health and behaviour. In the section for patients there are handouts and resources.


  • Ancoli-Israel, S. (1996). All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, Inc. ISBN 0-8151-4843-7 By the director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Coren, S. (1996). Sleep Thieves. New York: Simon & Shuster. ISBN 0-684-83184-8 An easy-to-read and informative book on sleep “science and mysteries” and what robs us of good sleep.
  • Dement, W.C. (1999). The Promise of Sleep. New York: Dell Publishing. ISBN 0-440-50901-7 A good history of sleep research, with excellent information on sleep deprivation / sleep deficit and the work done at Stanford University Sleep Research Center. Written by a pioneer in sleep research.
  • Fritz, R. (1993). Sleep Disorders. America’s Hidden Hidden Nightmare. Naperville, Illinois: National Sleep Alert. Chapters 3 and 4 are excellent outlines of various sleep disorders.
  • Morgan, D. (1996). Sleep Secrets for Shift Workers and People with Off-Beat Schedules. Duluth, Minnesota: Whole Person Associates. ISBN 1-57025-118-5 This book has especially good information on the pros and cons of different shift systems, coping with shift work, and clearing a busy brain (of worry, fear, guilt, workaholism).
  • Romanek, T. (2002). Zzz…The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Sleep. Toronto: Kids Can Press Ltd. ISBN 1-55074-946-3 Although written for ages 9 – 12, this book is a great introduction to what is sleep. Fun, fact filled, and easy to read.
    Shapiro, C., Heslegrave, R., Beyers, J., & Picard, L. (1997). Working the Shift. A Self-Health Guide. Toronto: JoliJoco Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-88753-292-6 Excellent material on sleep and shift work in short, fact filled chapters.


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