Tired of Keeping Vigil at Night? New Book from Fine Fettle Books Offers Insight into Insomnia and Tools for Better Sleep

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A new book draws on personal experience and science to shed light on chronic insomnia and help poor sleepers get a good night’s rest.

In The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep ($12.95, Fine Fettle Books, September 2013), journalist Lois Maharg tours the world of the sleepless—visiting sleep clinics, researchers, therapists, conferences, and fellow insomniacs—in a quest for better sleep and daytime stamina. This book documents her journey and offers an array of strategies aimed at helping insomnia sufferers improve their sleep.

Thirty million Americans struggle with persistent insomnia, compromising their quality of life and long-term health. In The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep, Maharg presents a state-of-the-art perspective on the causes and consequences of this frustrating and complex disorder, interweaving information about

  • The body systems that control sleep and waking
  • Cutting-edge research from leading sleep scientists
  • The history of insomnia and cultural attitudes toward it
  • The benefits—and risks—of sleeping pills
  • Insomnia treatments and new therapies in the pipeline.

“Many insomniacs have tried the sleep tips they see in magazines and on the web,” Maharg says. “They’re looking for solutions but haven’t found anything that works. Clearly they need more than quick answers. They also want to understand why, although they’re exhausted at night, they can’t turn off their brains. My book gives readers the knowledge base and the means to improve their nights and days.”

Lois Maharg has worked as a beat reporter and features writer in Pennsylvania and Michigan, writing on a variety of topics including health, exercise, and food. Her lifelong struggle with insomnia gave rise to this book. Her blog, The Savvy Insomniac, is dedicated to sharing new information about insomnia and sleep.

The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep ($12.95, 320 pages, 5 ½ X 8 ½, paperback, ISBN 978-0-9894837-1-1) is available at http://www.thesavvyinsomniac.com and from online booksellers offering e-book versions as well ($3.99, ISBN 978-0-9894837-0-4).

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