This book will never be topped as an orientation to sleep disorders because it was written by the man who (some would say singlehandedly) turned sleep study into a productive science. Before Dr. Dement, sleep as a subject was almost exclusively in the domain of psychology. The biology and chemistry of sleep were peppered with anecdotes and misunderstandings.
Dr. Dement mixes sound science with a memoir of personal discovery with a mildly suspenseful quest story. A valid criticism of the book is that you must have a strong interest in order to wade through the entire story.Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea are candidates for such depth of commitment. After all in many cases we owe this man our lives. But even if you have OSA, there is no guarantee that you can stay connected for the whole big story. Very few people have the obsessive enthusiastic passionate curiosity about the intricacies of sleep that Dr. Dement required to advance the science of sleep to a legitimate and life-saving branch of medicine through meticulous studies that span 60+ years.
Sleep apnea is only one of the many disorders we learn about. Someone could make a smaller book for the rest of us by just pulling out the things that Dr. Dement and his students and colleagues discover. If you are not a big fan of science or scientists like I am, this book might put you to sleep.