Extended Audio Sample

Download The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection between Health, Happiness, and a Good Nights Sleep Audiobook, by William C. Dement Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Vaughan, William C. Dement Narrator: Jeff McCarthy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN: 9780743549004
Regular Price: $15.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

SLEEP BETTER, LIVE LONGER WITH THE GROUNDBREAKING INFORMATION AND STEP-BY-STEP PROGRAM IN THIS REVOLUTIONARY AUDIOBOOK

  

Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep -- and the price of sleep deprivation. Dr. William Dement, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, takes us on a fascinating tour of the sleeping body and mind, revealing the price we pay for ignoring sleep -- an epidemic of heart disease, 33 percent of traffic-fatigue-related accidents and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages.

Dr. Dement offers a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, including: self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need; information on the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids; the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system; how to combat insomnia, snoring, jet-lag; and much more.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_000065

Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively…extremely helpful…unlocks the secrets of a good night's sleep.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Authoritative.” 

    USA Today

  • “A wake-up call about the profound effects of sleep and its disorders.” 

    Science News

  • “An outstanding book on a surprisingly overlooked subject.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting if you want classroom style knowledge of sleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 12/15/2013

    " A decent book that covers a lot of ground, written I think by the founder/(former?)-head of the Stanford Sleep Clinic. Good overview about a lot of sleep topics - a little too much coverage on some stuff (eg. older meds) and too little on others. Can find a lot of the info online these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 11/13/2013

    " One of the most interesting medical focused books I have read. Excellent balance between technical information and clarity for a non-medical reader. If you or anyone you love has any issues with sleep at all this book is a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 11/11/2013

    " only adequate restful sleep can maintain motivation for creative work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 9/10/2013

    " Great message by a sleep study pioneer that is Too Looong. "In dire need of an editor" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni Pertuset | 4/5/2013

    " I skimmed this one. It has some interesting bits, but mostly it's a confirmation of what I already know. Promoting and protecting our sleep is crucial to our family functioning properly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 10/9/2012

    " Great book, anyone interested in learning about sleep should definitely read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruby | 6/24/2012

    " Made me want to insure that everyone I know and love is getting a good eight hours of sleep per night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Coyle | 7/28/2011

    " Sleep is important. Repetitive, but lots of good info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gage | 4/6/2011

    " Mind blowing so far. A must read if you want to live healthy and happy. I'll let you know what I think when I'm done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 7/1/2010

    " Sleep is important. Repetitive, but lots of good info. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 1/11/2009

    " I skimmed this one. It has some interesting bits, but mostly it's a confirmation of what I already know. Promoting and protecting our sleep is crucial to our family functioning properly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/26/2008

    " Interesting if you want classroom style knowledge of sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 9/11/2008

    " We need sleep. Why we ignore this to the extent we do, I don't know. But Dement shows the effect of living sleep-deprived and it aint pretty. Talks also about "sleep hygiene" --practices to ensure the best rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 5/6/2008

    " only adequate restful sleep can maintain motivation for creative work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 3/10/2008

    " Great book, anyone interested in learning about sleep should definitely read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 1/30/2008

    " A decent book that covers a lot of ground, written I think by the founder/(former?)-head of the Stanford Sleep Clinic. Good overview about a lot of sleep topics - a little too much coverage on some stuff (eg. older meds) and too little on others. Can find a lot of the info online these days. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

William Charles Dement is a pioneering US sleep researcher and founder of the Sleep Research Center, the world’s first sleep laboratory, at Stanford University, where he is also the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He’s also founding president of American Sleep Disorder Association. He is a leading authority on sleep, sleep deprivation, and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy. For this pioneering work in a previously uncharted field, he is sometimes referred to as the Father of Sleep Medicine.

About the Narrator

Jeff McCarthy is an American voice actor who has also worked in film , television, and on stage. He has had over forty guest-starring and many recurring roles on television and had the main role of Albert Schweitzer in the PBS film, Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa. His roles in six major motion pictures include Robo Cop and Consent. He has had numerous leading roles in Broadway musicals. He has narrated both fiction and nonfiction titles and was the voice of the Chuck Jones’ creation, Michigan J. Frog, for the WB television network.