Bibliography of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
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Bibliography of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

This bibliography is designed as a resource for people with a sleep problem. It is intended for those who are taking responsibility for their own health in partnership with competent professional care-givers or learning how to get a correct diagnosis and effective treatment. The references are listed under five headings:

Several of these books will be available through New Technology Publishing.

Books on snoring and sleep apnea

I recommend that everyone concerned with snoring or sleep apnea in adults should use at least one book to complement the education and guidance they receive from their care-givers. Friends, family members, and health care professionals can also benefit from these books.

Johnson, T. Scott and Jerry Halberstadt, Phantom of the Night: Overcome sleep apnea syndrome and snoring--win your hidden struggle to breathe, sleep, and live, Cambridge & Onset MA: New Technology Publishing, Inc., 1996. ISBN: 1-882431-02-2 Published January, 1996, updated 1998.

Johnson is a pulmonologist who has been the medical director of a number of accredited sleep disorders centers and Halberstadt has sleep apnea treated with CPAP. There is a Foreword by William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, as well as an Introduction by Colin E. Sullivan, M.D., a pioneer in the development of the CPAP treatment.

Authoritative, comprehensive, in-depth handbook for patients to guide them through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Johnson and Halberstadt provide the basis for a consumer-caregiver partnership by providing information for reference and problem-solving. Their goal is to enable the patient to take charge of the treatment program in collaboration with sleep and medical professionals. Insights from the viewpoint of a patient are coupled with clear explanations from a medical and scientific perspective. They focus on the use of CPAP and other positive airway pressure technologies including bi-level and the `smart' self-regulating pressure devices. They include information about all accepted treatments and advice on evaluating your options. They cover often-neglected emotional and social aspects of recovery. They favor responsible innovation in procedures and technologies on the part of care-givers in order to make treatment more readily available. A helpful guide for patients, family members, and health care professionals.

Learn about Phantom of the Night: see the Table of Contents, read About the Authors, Read Chapter 1, and consider reviews by professionals, patients, and family, and order it directly from the publisher. New Technology Publishing, Inc., Peabody MA 01960-1743USA, Phone: 800-67-APNEA, email: Also available in bookstores and libraries.

Individuals who have purchased Phantom of the Night will be offered special rates for future online subscriptions or memberships through the Phantom Sleep Resources Page.

Lipman, Derek S., Snoring from A to ZZZZ: Proven Cures for the Night's Worst Nuisance, Portland: Spencer Press, 1996

Lipman is a specialist in ear, nose, and throat disorders. This book is particularly useful as a review of surgical options (including laser surgery) for the treatment of snoring by a surgeon who is enthusiastic about this treatment modality; and helpful as a basis for understanding and evaluating even some of the newest surgical methods which are not covered in this text. Lipman is preparing an article about one of the newest techniques, somnoplasty which involves the use of radio frequency energy to modify tissue and reduce snoring. Expect a report on the Phantom Sleep Resources Page. The book seeks to enable the person with sleep apnea to understand the problem and to obtain effective relief. It is also a good review of a wide range of life-style and other non-surgical options in treatment, including nasal dilators. Although snoring and sleep apnea often appear together in the same individual, some people have apnea without snoring. Surgeries that may relieve snoring do not necessarily cure apnea. Lipman's book is a must if you consider surgical intervention.

Pascualy, Ralph A. and Sally Warren Soest, Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Personal and Family Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, New York: Demos Vermande, 1996.

Pascualy is the Medical Director of a sleep disorders center; Soest is a medical writer whose husband has sleep apnea. They review and explain diagnostic and treatment options from a medically conservative viewpoint, and point out many ways for the patient to obtain appropriate treatment. Pascualy and Soest lean towards a traditional medical model and advocate reliance on accredited sleep centers, while providing a comprehensive review of appropriate diagnostic procedures and some of the available treatments. They have some coverage of apnea in children and adolescents. There is a Foreword by William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research.

Sleep in children and adolescents

Ferber, Richard, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.

Also available in paper. If the person with sleep apnea is a child or adolescent, this is an excellent, appropriate source.

Internet resources on snoring and sleep apnea

The Internet makes it possible to distribute up-to-date information much more quickly than by books because the publication process is more direct. At the same time, the quality of information on the Internet needs to be carefully evaluated: what are the sources of the information, what is the motivation of the author, and what are the credentials of the author or publisher? The Internet also helps you contact people facing similar problems. On-line support groups can prove a true boon.

"Sleeping on the internet: an annotated guide to online information about snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders." <>Sleeping on the internet

A convenient overview of sites, including other authoritative and useful listings, directories, and research tools, as well as patient support groups.The Phantom Sleep Resources Page (Apnea, snoring and other sleep problems) <> is an authoritative Internet site that provides articles and current information.

Books on achieving good sleep and overcoming other sleep disorders

It is important to recognize that the person with treated sleep apnea may need to re-establish good sleep patterns. Having sleep apnea does not protect a person from also having a different, additional sleep disorder. Thus, information on sleep problems including, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and shift work are among the subjects that can be of vital interest to the person with sleep apnea.

Books on the science of sleep, sleep medicine, and policy

Sleep science is a fascinating field that is developing and expanding our understanding of sleep's importance for health, and new knowledge of sleep disorders and how to treat them

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