Sylvie Royant-Parola

How to Fall Asleep Easily and Unassisted Publication date : January 3, 2008

This is an innovative method of combating insomnia, whether you have trouble falling asleep or tend to wake up in the middle of the night. It is based on a precise profile of each sleeper: What type of insomniac are you? Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night, or do you wake up very early in the morning? Can you pinpoint a specific cause for your sleepless nights? What type of sleeper are you really? Do you need to sleep a lot or very little? Are you an evening or a morning person? How many hours of sleep do you need, optimally?

The author provides solutions adapted to each type of sleeper to show them how to overcome insomnia.

Also included here are answers to insomniacs' most frequently asked questions: Is there any medication that is not harmful? What are the most effective plants?

This tried-and-proven practical guide to sleep was originally published in the “Guides pour s'aider soi-même” (self-help) series. It was inspired by behavioural and cognitive methods based on the sleeper's profile.

In France alone, 20-30% of the population suffers from sleep disorders, and 10% of the population suffers from severe cases of insomnia.

Sylvie Royant-Parola, a psychiatrist and neurobiologist, works in several sleep laboratories in the Paris area. She is the president of the Syndicat de la Médecine du Sommeil et de la Vigilance.