EP 1,150B - HELLO SLEEP: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications

Summary: If you're one of 25 million Americans who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, you feel exhausted during the day but wired at night, desperate to shut off your racing mind so you can finally rest. It may be hard to believe, but your brain wants (and knows how) to sleep well. You simply need to reset your relationship with sleep, so that instead of it feeling like a battle or a chore, it becomes the easy and enjoyable experience it should be. In this book, Dr. Jade Wu, Board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, offers compassionate and practical guidance. Her insights are based in the latest sleep science, providing a step-by-step roadmap to better sleep whether you've had insomnia for three months or three decades.
Air Date: 5/30/23
Duration: 18:26
Guest Bio: Jade Wu, PhD
Jade Wu, PhD, DBSM, is a Board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist and researcher at Duke University School of Medicine and author of the recently published Hello Sleep. She is a contributor to NBC News, BBC News, Scientific American, and a former writer and host of the popular Savvy Psychologist podcast. She is the former Co-Chair of Outreach and Public Education at the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family and (too many) animals.

From the author: I wanted to write an up-to-date, laser-focused book on insomnia that was not simply a "layman's version" of sleep textbooks, but rather a fireside chat that treated my readers as intelligent, curious people capable of self-determination. I wanted to provide them with explanations that made sense and actually addressed their questions about insomnia—a collection of the scientifically sound but down-to-earth things I would say to my patients. So, I set out to write this book with the hope that people with insomnia will find within it the answers to their burning questions, and a practical plan to help them rekindle their love affair with sleep."
  • Book Title: HELLO SLEEP: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications
It's not a stretch to say that the last few years have left Americans more tired than ever. However, for many people who have trouble sleeping, they are more than tired. Each night is an anxious odyssey where getting a good night's sleep feels like a battle to win rather than the easy and refreshing experience it should be. The problem is that too many people approach sleep as an issue of control rather than focusing on changing their relationship to sleep. The truth is that we all already know how to sleep – we don't need a formula to fix it, or a collection of tips to optimize it because perfection is neither necessary nor sufficient for sustainable sleep health.

Dr. Jade Wu, behavioral sleep medicine specialist and researcher, has helped hundreds of patients over the last ten years. Her debut book Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications (on-sale February 7, 2023 from St. Martin's Press; $28.99; ISBN 978-1250828408) is a guide for those with insomnia to help them shift their relationship with sleep to make it enjoyable and natural again. Even those without insomnia will find explanations and recommendations to improve their own sleep habits.
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