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978-1-60709-093-9 • eBook • June 2009 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
Gary R. Plaford, an MSW, LCSW-licensed social worker, served for twenty years as director of social services for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. He authored Bullying and the Brain and currently teaches at Indiana University and lectures at conferences.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Stages of Sleep: What's It All About?
Chapter 3 Sleep and Healthy: The Immune System, Sleep Apnea, ADHD, etc.
Chapter 4 Sleep and Memory: What Is Memory and How Is It Stored?
Chapter 5 Functions of REM Sleep: REM Sleep and Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 6 Dreams and REM Sleep: What Are Dreams and Why Do We Have Them?
Chapter 7 The Impact of Stress on Sleep: The Four Conditions of Stress and What Happens in the Brain during Stress
Chapter 8 Managing Stress: Understanding Emotions and Brain Functioning
Chapter 9 Improving Sleep: Some Basic Techniques for Stress Reduction
Chapter 10 Specific Strategies for Improving the Quantity and Quality of Sleep: Using the Senses
Chapter 11 The How, When, and Why of Napping: Creating the Perfect Nap
Chapter 12 Sleep and Our Society: High School, Graduation Rates?Where Are We Headed?
This book has incredibly valuable information about the importance of sleep. It is practical and down to earth. It speaks to regular people. The strategies are real, and the suggestions for improving sleep for our children and ourselves are doable. Trulya must-read for parents and educators....
— Michael Horvath
Plaford's well-written and very interesting book on sleep could not come at a more appropriate time. With our fast-paced and super-active society, sleep is something that many of us feel we can easily give up. We do not realize the effect lack of sleep has on our body and how important sleep really is. Chock-full of information, this book gives us a new perspective....
— Iris Esch-Williams
Gary R. Plaford once again writes a book that connects brain research to a problem facing our world. Now more than ever, there does not seem to be enough time to sleep. What happens with sleep deprivation in terms of health and education is explained. This is a must-read for all ages to find out practical solutions to a problem that needs our immediate attention....
— Carol Gardiner
Gary Plaford's book is an easy read and chock-full of useful information and practical ideas for anyone working with young people. Plaford writes as if you are in the room and he is telling you what he has learned with wonderful stories and humor to illustrate his points. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with children....
— Karen Brosius