Sleep for Success!

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Many people regard sleep as a luxury, a waste of time, and even a weakness of character, boasting that they can get by on just a few hours per night. They’re unaware of how lack of sleep significantly affects mood, performance, relationships, health, and even longevity. It’s time we learned to value sleep not as a luxury, but as a necessity.

Now Dr. James B. Maas, a Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and one of the foremost sleep researchers in the country, returns with SLEEP FOR SUCCESS! Everything You Must Know About Sleep but Are Too Tired to Ask (Author House; October 5, 2010; $ hardcover), co-authored with Rebecca S. Robbins. Not since his first bestseller, Power Sleep, published in 1998 and featured on the Today Show, Oprah, and 20/20, has Maas written a book that encompasses the latest research on sleep, much of it conducted in his own sleep lab at Cornell, where he tracked the sleeping habits of 450 students during the past year.

Beginning with two tests—the Maas Robbins Alertness questionnaire, which includes 20 simple questions, and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale—readers can determine how well they sleep and the costs of sleep loss. Dr. Maas shares the latest findings that link poor sleep with colds/flu, unhealthy skin, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as stress, anxiety and depression. According to Dr. Maas, the good news is that just one extra hour of sleep per night can greatly improve health, mood, and alertness—and has even been shown to reduce blood pressure.



Remmy and the Brain Train

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One of the world’s foremost sleep educators, Dr. James B. Maas of Cornell University, unveils his first children’s book, Remmy and the Brain Train. The author, who teaches the nation’s largest university lecture course, uses his award-winning pedagogical expertise to create a fun multi-dimensional learning experience for children ages 4 to 8. Remmy and the Brain Train is designed to help improve a child’s daytime alertness, mood and performance. The book is a follow-up to Maas’s New York Times bestseller, Power Sleep (Random House and Harper Collins), widely praised as successful in helping adults enjoy a happier, healthier and more productive life.

Remmy and the Brain Train follows a tired young Remmy through a groggy day of exhaustion and confusion. He has trouble with math, spelling and remembering names, and is feeling moody, upset and sad…but does not know why. That night Remmy is visited by the irrepressible magical train conductor, Doctor Zeez, who whisks him off on an exciting adventure through the Land of Good Sleep. Here Remmy learns of the voyage his mind and body embarks on every night, and how developing good sleep habits makes him stronger, smarter, happier and healthier.

Remmy and the Brain Train is illustrated by Guy Danella and includes a read-along, sing-along CD by award-winning children’s songwriter/performer Suzanne Scheniman. A myriad of sound effects enrich the detailed whimsical illustrations depicting Remmy’s world. Suzanne's wonderful "Sea Songs" can be obtained on in the popular music section.


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Where you start reading this book will probably say a lot about your current station in life. New parents will probably skip right to chapter 12 and the section subtitled "Tips for Exhausted Parents of Newborns, Infants, and Children." Drowsy office workers might go for chapter 9, which explores the subject of midday naps (which may reduce stress and the risk of heart disease). Other chapters look at traveling (driving, jet lag), shift work, and insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Dr. James Maas has spent 34 years lecturing to drowsy psychology undergraduates at Cornell University, and knows how to hold an audience--even when the subject is sleep, and even when the conclusion is that most of us don't get enough of it. This is a fascinating book; you'll want to take it in slowly and then sleep on it.