The Good Sleep Guide
Many of us have a hectic lifestyle, and van Straten argues that this is to blame for our sleep problems. Such a lifestyle suggests a quick solution, that is sleeping pills, but these can so easily take over our lives. This book gives an alternative way to better sleep. Herbal remedies are part of this, together with aromatherapy and relaxation exercises, as well as making sure we have a suitable diet.
The book also looks at children's sleep problems, and at problems which occur after we've managed to fall asleep, such as snoring, nightmares and sleepwalking. There's a lot of material in a short book, but the author still manages to go into plenty of detail in his advice. I felt though, that after reading it, it was hard to recall any simple advice which would help the average person to sleep - it was more about large scale changes to your life. If you feel that you have become dependent on sleeping pills then this book gives a way out, and it would also be useful for those wanting a quick overview of sleep problems, but if you want to improve your sleep without a great change to your lifestyle then I would advise you to look elsewhere.