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Lois Maharg took her doctor's advice, read books on insomnia, followed recommendations--and still got no respite from her wakeful nights and washed-out days. Clearly, she needed more than quick answers and standard advice. As an experienced reporter, she set out to explore insomnia in the hope that deeper understanding would lead to better sleep. The Savvy Insomniac ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2013 by Fine Fettle Books (first published August 12th 2013)
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Karen
Oct 30, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
It's always a really good idea when someone writes about a topic that they know a lot about. I know when I'm reading books for my nursing classes, written by doctors who may know the technical side of the diseases they are talking about...I get very impatient with them because they rarely are empathic enough with the patients experiencing the conditions they are talking about. Lois Marharg who wrote this book on insomnia, is not a doctor, but she has lived through insomnia. She has also been to ...more
Carol
Dec 22, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
What a relief it is to read a book about Insomnia by a sufferer. I have been made to feel like I must be doing something wrong, drinking too much coffee (one cup in the morning) or not really trying to get to get to sleep. That last one by the way makes it worse. The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep by Lois Mahberg is a big step forward. I want to thank her for writing this book.

She tells her own story of sleepless ness and the things that she has tried. Some m
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Kathy
Apr 07, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating read. It is essential reading for anyone who has difficulty sleeping or for anyone treats someone with this problem. I liked the way the author combines medical, historical and personal knowledge about the subject. The author discusses all the possible causes of the problem, the signs that manifest themselves and her idea of the best ways to overcome them. I am not an insomniac in the truest sense of the word, but I do, at times, have some difficulty sleeping. I found it ...more
Susan Kaplan
Apr 06, 2014 Susan Kaplan rated it it was ok
I received The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep in exchange for a review.

Having a sleep disorder myself, I am very familiar with the science of sleep and the research behind the science. For those not well-versed in the science of sleep, this book will be very valuable. It was not valuable for me because I have read all of this before. I admire the writer for going on the quest to understand insomnia, from her personal experience to the cutting edge science of
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Anne
Aug 14, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Very informative and easily comprehensible. Maharg dies a great job of explaining relevant research for her reader. I just have a casual interest in sleep, so her explanations were greatly appreciated. She appears to have done much research in preparation for her book, which I also enjoyed because I could trust her information. This isn't the lightest read, but it was great for a bored college student over the summer!
Ruth
Jan 27, 2015 Ruth rated it did not like it
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This is a poorly written book with a serious lack of rigor. A waste of time and money.
I'm giving this to the library book sale because I would not inflict it on anyone I know.
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After teaching ESL and coauthoring a pair of textbooks, Lois Maharg switched careers to become a journalist, reporting on Latino affairs, education, health, exercise, and food. Eight years ago she set out on a quest to explore insomnia, a lifelong nemesis. Along the way she visited sleep clinics, researchers, therapists, conferences, and fellow insomniacs, and she documents the journey in her new ...more
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