• Nadya Dich

Book Review

Updated: Feb 11

Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs. (Spoiler: either you'll love it, or you'll hate it).

If you have insomnia and read this book, you will either love it and cure your insomnia (judging by Amazon reviews, many people did). Or you will hate it. Both for the same reason: the advice given in this book is very simple.

What this book does do:

  • Lays out some of the core principles of CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia).

  • Gives concrete step-by-step advice on what exactly to try and in which order.

  • Gives you hope and confidence, which sometimes is all people need to start sleeping better.

So if you want to give it a go, don't read any further.

Why I personally don't find the book particularly impressive or inspiring...

  • It is hopelessly unsophisticated and badly lacks nuances. This makes the book easy to understand, but renders some of the claims inaccurate.

  • Some of the methods recommended in this book are against the most recent developments in psychology. Now, judge for yourself. If you like what is stated in quotes below -- this book is for you. If you can better relate to my responses (in parentheses), you are not going to like the book.

"Think positive" (We can't change the contents of our thoughts, only our relationship with them). "Think your stress away" (It doesn't work this way, the more you try to think yourself out of a problem, the more you get buried into it sometimes). "Be optimistic" (Optimism is more of a personality trait, trying to impose optimism on yourself can backfire). "Anger is an unhealthy emotion" (Anger is an excellent emotion, just like any other emotion. Suppressing anger is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease). "Use positive illusions and denial to manage stress " (???)

  • The book contradicts itself. It says that one cannot objectively estimate the time one spends awake at night and that one should not be looking at the clock and obsess about not sleeping, but then asks you to track how much you slept.

  • The book is written in a dull language and has a lot of self-promotion. Which I really can't understand. I already bought the book and am reading it, why do you keep advertising it to me?

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