The following are some of the best books about sleep.
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Best 10 Books About Sleep
1. Why We Sleep
By Matthew Walker
In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (The Sunday Times) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.
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2. Sleep Smarter
By Shawn Stevenson
In Sleep Smarter, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you’ll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.
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3. The Sleep Solution
By W. Chris Winter M.D.
Dubbed the “Sleep Whisperer” by Arianna Huffington, Dr. Winter is an international expert on sleep and has helped more than 10,000 patients rest better at night, including countless professional athletes. Now, he’s bringing his experiences out from under the covers—redefining what it means to have optimal sleep and get the ZZZs you really need…
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4. Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep
By Colleen Carney, Rachel Manber
This workbook uses cognitive behavior therapy, which has been shown to work as well as sleep medications and produce longer-lasting effects. Research shows that it also works well for those whose insomnia is experienced in the context of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. The complete program in Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep goes to the root of your insomnia and offers the same techniques used by experienced sleep specialists.
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5. The Sleep Book
By Dr. Guy Meadows
Using a blend of mindfulness and new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, Dr Guy shares his unique fiveweek plan to cure your problems whether it’s a few restless nights or a lifetime of insomnia. Most people who have trouble sleeping invest a huge amount of time, effort and money into fixing the problem.
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6. The Sleep Prescription
By Aric A. Prather PhD
In The Sleep Prescription, Dr. Prather shares the powerful solutions that he uses to help his patients at the clinic achieve healing and restorative sleep. Going beyond the obvious solutions, Dr. Prather shares surprisingly simple yet deeply effective techniques that will help you lie back and let sleep work its magic.
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7. The Sleep Fix
By Diane Macedo
In The Sleep Fix, Macedo aims to change that with perspective-shifting research and easy-to-implement solutions based not just on science and experts, but also her own years-long struggle.
As Macedo explains, the solution to catching zzz’s isn’t as simple as giving up caffeine, or putting away your phone before bed. With her down-to-earth explanations and humor, she instead teaches us how to:
• Understand sleep biology
• Identify sleep obstacles
• Flag sleep myths and separate fact from fiction
• Try counterintuitive approaches
• Shift our mindset
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By Nick Littlehales
Endorsed by leading professionals in sports and business, Sleep shares a new program to be your personal best. Nick Littlehales is the leading sport sleep coach to some of the biggest names in the sporting world, including record-breaking cyclists for British Cycling and Team Sky, international soccer teams, NBA and NFL players, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Here, he shares his proven strategies for anyone to use. You’ll learn how to map your unique sleep cycle, optimize your environment for recovery, and cope with the demands of this fast-paced, tech-driven world. Read Sleep and rest your way to a more confident, successful, and happier you.
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9. Nothing Much Happens
By Kathryn Nicolai
Already beloved by millions of podcast listeners, the stories in Nothing Much Happens explore and expose small sweet moments of joy and relaxation: Sneaking lilacs from an abandoned farm in the spring. Watching fireflies from the deck in the summer. Visiting the local cider mill in the autumn. Watching the tree lighting in the park with friends in the winter.
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10. Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults
By Anna Good, Jasmin Night
This book has a special feature: it is written in such a way that you identify with the character and experience not only the story but also the colors, smells, and noises… According to scientific studies, this is a very effective way to make you “disconnect from reality” and allow you to leave behind the stresses and strains of your life.
Each story is described in a way that will stimulate your senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. They are stories created in a particular way; it is not the story that is important but all the outlines within the story.