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Teach Yourself to Sleep


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Kate Mikhail is a London-based freelance journalist and editor, who has written a wide range of features and reviews for the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph and Independent newspapers, as well as for many other publications. After decades of not being able to get to sleep easily at night, a chance reading of a book by her great-great uncle Richard Waters, a pioneer in cognitive therapy and clinical hypnosis in the 20th century, led to the discovery that she was officially a chronic insomniac. A love of research, science and a fascination in the mind-body loop, drove Kate to find scientific answers for why sleep can be such a problem for so many people in the 21st century, and what can be done to put this right. Kate is now an ex-chronic insomniac, thanks to researching her first book, Teach Yourself to Sleep, in which she explores the biology and science of sleep and how to look at sleep from a different perspective to improve the quality of sleep, health and wellbeing.


If you want an example of how one person's struggle can go on to help so many others, this book is it. Kate Mikhail's writing is a wonderful combination of personal experience and investigation into the science, knowledge and practice that will help readers navigate their way out of insomnia and towards getting a gorgeous night's sleep. If you or those you love are having difficulty sleeping, curl up with this book before bed and give yourself the gift of a sleep * Kirsty Macdonald, Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Transformational Leadership Coach *
A very well written, informative, extremely interesting and enlightening book, presenting the theory behind sleep and wakefulness from different angles. It's a must-read book that provides solutions and advice to deal with sleep disorders using a holistic approach, by focusing on sleep hygiene and functioning of the body with respect to the circadian rhythm, as well as guiding us to follow a healthy lifestyle leading to increased productivity, good health and happiness * Dr Syed Shariq Hasan MBBS, MPH, MCPS, FRSPH, PhD Specialist in Public Health and Psychosomatic Medicine, Post-doctoral research fellow and Honorary Lecturer, Department of Hypnotherapy and Gastroenterology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. *
Sleep problems are one of the scourges that seem to have resulted from our modern, hectic and often stressful lives. Like so many modern afflictions there is no single cause and no 'one size fits all' remedy. Consequently, it is important for the sufferer to understand the problem better so that they can learn how best to manage it for themselves. This book by Kate Mikhail is a nice easy read which should help people to cope with this problem which can ruin the lives of the those who battle against it night after night. * Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine & Gastroenterology, University of Manchester *

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