There are many different medicines to help people sleep. It can seem like a bewildering variety. In the new book Understanding Sleeping Pills, Wallace B. Mendelson, MD, draws on his 40 years of experience doing research and treating insomnia to explain how sleeping pills work on the central nervous system and their benefits and drawbacks, as well as alternative non-medicine approaches. The book includes illustrations.
Mendelson is a retired professor of psychiatry and clinical pharmacology at the University of Chicago, former director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and past president of the Sleep Research Society. He has authored five books on sleep disorders and published about 200 papers in academic journals. He has been the recipient of various honors including a special award for excellence in sleep and psychiatry from the National Sleep Foundation.
Though written with scientific rigor, the book is readable for people with non-technical backgrounds who would like to learn more—and make better choices—among the many treatments for insomnia. The author strives for Understanding Sleeping Pills to be the definitive illustrated reference guide to medical treatment of insomnia.