2nd Edition

Teaching the World to Sleep Psychological and Behavioural Assessment and Treatment Strategies for People with Sleeping Problems and Insomnia

By David R. Lee Copyright 2023
    224 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teaching the World to Sleep provides a complete, science-based overview of sleep and sleep problems, from environmental, legal, and technological factors to assessment and treatment options.

    David R. Lee introduces the basic scientific concepts involved in sleep and provides a clear description of insomnias and the parasomnias. Teaching the World to Sleep discusses NICE-recommended Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) and the REST programme® and outlines considerations for at-risk groups, sleep and the law, and the application of dreams and dreaming in psychotherapy. This second edition includes a full update on research conducted since the publication of the first edition and includes new information on sleep in the legal setting, the rise of sleep apps and trackers and their impact on our sleep. Lee also considers neurodiversity, sleep in long Covid, rare and unusual sleep disorders and the delivery of treatment using the NHS-recommended stepped-care approach.

    Teaching the World to Sleep will be essential reading for psychotherapists, occupational therapists, and other professionals working with clients with sleep problems. It will also provide an accessible introduction to the science of sleep to readers looking to understand their own sleep problems.

    The Science of Sleep. Insomnias and the Parasomnias. The Assessment of Sleep, Sleep Apps, trackers and the rise of the wearable. The Treatment of Sleep Problems and Insomnia. The REST Programme. Considerations for Vulnerable Groups. Medico-legal aspects of sleep. Dreams and Dreaming. Epilogue: Conclusions.


    David R. Lee is a biopsychologist who has been researching, publishing, teaching, and treating all aspects related to sleep, especially the sleep of more at-risk groups over the last twnety-two years. He is Clinical Director at Sleep Unlimited Ltd, a company that specialises in training healthcare professionals, treating individuals with insomnia, engaging with companies to provide sleep services for their human resources divisions, and providing expert assessment and treatment reports and expert witness testimony for the court.

    Praise for First Edition:

    ‘A compendium of everything there is to know about sleep. Clear, concise and comprehensive, this is an exceptionally useful resource for clinicians working in a variety of settings.’ – Dr Penny Trayner, chartered and clinical psychologist

    ‘This impressive and comprehensive text will be of great interest to health professionals and to members of the general public who are looking for a deeper understanding of the mysteries of sleep, its disorders and how they can be managed effectively. Dr Lee’s expertise and comfort with this important topic shines through each chapter.’ – Prof Colin A. Espie, BSc, MAppSci, PhD, DSc, FBPsS, CPsychol, CSci, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College

    Teaching the World to Sleep is a valuable resource for poor sleepers and parents, but it is also an essential text for psychologists, and any other professional who has to consider sleep as a priority, and who wishes to learn about neurobiological and psychological difficulties with sleep. It promotes sleep as an essential part of human wellbeing that is as important as exercise in developing physical health. This compelling text has much to offer in teaching the world to sleep.’ – Dr James Tonks, PhD, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, and Visiting Fellow in Paediatric Neuropsychology and Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, University of Lincoln