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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.

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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.


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
"In Goodnight Mind, Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber have taken the complex processes needed to establish consistently good sleep and laid out a straightforward set of easy-to-follow guidelines. Nothing is left out of this book--from understanding your body's sleep clock to relaxation and quieting your mind. Carney and Manber have drawn on their years of clinical research experience to develop a rich and accessible resource for those struggling with this tenacious problem."
--Donn Posner, PhD, CBSM, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and coauthor of The Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia
"We live in a busy, mentally challenging world, and keeping an alert and active mind throughout the day helps us cope with and effectively meet the challenges we face. Unfortunately for the millions of folks with chronic insomnia, persistent thinking, worrying, or more general sleep-disruptive mental arousal serve as the crux of their chronic sleep problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective strategies for 'putting the mind to bed' and regaining the ability to sleep normally once again. Those strategies are clearly and comprehensively presented in this new self-help guide by Carney and Manber, two renowned experts in the area of insomnia treatment. This easy-to-read guide provides ten simple steps for keeping one's mind out of the way of a good night's sleep. I am certain that this guide will be a great aid to those who read it."
--Jack Edinger, PhD, professor and director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at National Jewish Health

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