Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection is a book focused on sleep paralysis, entities and nightmares written by a medical practitioner who has dedicated a large portion of her studies to this mysterious subject.
In the first half of the book she goes a long way toward fleshing out evidence for the occurrence through a long list of historical accounts and past references.
The intriguing nature of many of these issues throughout history keep the pages turning briskly and often come across as an almost fictional horror novel than an actual documented account of true occurrences. Despite the fact that the author is obviously talented at discovery, the book lacks real form and any reader that seeks to know more about why sleep paralysis occurs may be let down.
Even thought the book does not provide any new insight or evidence regarding the subject at hand, it still possesses a plethora of information that is enlightening. Her study on the connection between horrific entities, sleep paralysis, death and particular cultures is a subject that would have many people wanting more. Yet, even then her goal is obviously not to supply a reason for what is occurring as much as just providing an account of what is happening.
Regrettably, this is where the book falls short. It ends up being, primarily, a collection of tales and references instead of a new informative approach to dealing with nightmares and sleep paralysis. Nonetheless, for those interested in the broad reach of this phenomenon in society and across the world, the book would be a welcome addition to your library.
In summation, Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection distills down to a reference guide on sleep paralysis and all its constituents. It is not a guide or insightful manual that provides any new practices for coping with the subject but seems content with being exactly what it was created to be: a cultural and historical account of the affects of sleep paralysis in our world.