Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night's Sleep



Do you find yourself lying awake at night, ruminating about the events of the day? Do you toss and turn, worrying about what you have to do in the morning or what you did earlier in the day? If so, you are not alone. In fact, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder faced by the general population today. The most common complaint in those who have trouble sleeping is having a "noisy mind." Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it seems like you cannot silence all the internal dialogue. So what do you do when your mind is spinning and your thoughts just won't stop? Accessible, enjoyable, and grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Goodnight Mind directly addresses the effects of rumination - or having an overactive brain-on your ability to sleep well. Written by two psychologists who specialize in sleep disorders, the book contains helpful exercises and insights into how you can better manage your thoughts at bedtime, and finally get some sleep. Traditional treatment for insomnia is usually focused on medications that promote sedation rather than on the behavioral causes of insomnia. Unfortunately, medication can often lead to addiction, and a host of other side effects. This is a great a book for anyone who is looking for effective therapy to treat insomnia without the use of medication. This informative, small-format book is easy-to-read and lightweight, making it perfect for late-night reading.


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Goodnight Mind offers readers an easy-to-use, friendly guide to getting to sleep when their mind is spinning and their thoughts won't quiet down. This book offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help readers overcome insomnia and get a good night's sleep.

"Carney (director, Sleep & Depression Laboratory, Ryerson Univ., Toronto) and Manber (director, Insomnia & Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Stanford Univ.) have written a book for patrons with sleep issues such as insomnia. They outline ten steps for stopping one's thoughts from interfering with sleep. This book utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, a form of psychotherapy that developed from research on fatigue and sleep disorders. The ten chapters contain bulleted summaries for review. After the first chapter explains how to understand the sleep system, the majority of the book focuses on setting the stage for sleep, creating a "Buffer Zone" for dealing with your day, training on how to quiet your mind, and relaxation strategies. At the end of the book is a sleep diary. VERDICT Filled with practical, expert advice, this book will be of use to anyone suffering from insomnia or other sleep issues. An excellent fit for patrons vigilant about their health and well-being."
--"Library Journal", review by Rebecca Raszewski, University of Illinois, Chicago, April, 2013

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, is an assistant professor and director of the Sleep and Depression Program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She was a National Sleep Foundation Pickwick Fellow at Duke University Medical Center where she was on faculty, and founded the Comorbid Insomnia Clinic at the Duke Insomnia and Sleep Research Program. Carney is well-known for her publications in the area of insomnia and its relation to other disorders; most notably, depression, anxiety and pain. She has made numerous presentations at national research conferences including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Professional Sleep Societies . She is the current president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Insomnia . Currently, Carney is conducting a randomized controlled clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, testing CBT for insomnia in those with comorbid depression.

General Fields

  • : 9781608826186
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : New Harbinger
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 158.12
  • : VS
  • : illustrations
  • : Paperback