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Mar 01, 2024

Top 5 Books to Help You Sleep

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On average we spend around one-third of our lives asleep, so it's fair to say getting the most out of that time is important. A healthy sleep cycle is essential to a healthy lifestyle - it helps improve not only our physical health, but it helps to promote better brain performance and it puts us in a better mood. However, understanding how to improve your sleep can be a little tricky, there is a solution.

There are countless books out there that can help you get to the bottom of your sleeping habits and to make your journey to the land of dreams a little easier, we have compiled a list of our top picks.

So, without further ado, let's jump and start counting down our favourite books that can help you understand the science, nay, the art of sleeping.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker, PhD

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Brought to us by Matthew Walker - professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, comes a celebration of sleep. Instead of focusing on the negatives that come from a lack of sleep, in his book, Walker focuses on the positives of getting a good eight hours a night. Not only is Walker an expert in the field of sleep, but he is a total sleep enthusiast, and that is clearly reflected in his book as it provides an accessible and relatable account of sleeping in all its forms.

The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night’s Sleep

William C. Dement, M.D., PhD

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This next addition to our list gives us an insight into exactly what the consequences are of ignoring sleep. Dement explores how a lack of sleep within modern day society could be linked to things like increased levels of heart disease, a spike in sleep related traffic accidents, and an increase in psychological disadvantages. Included in the book are also some sleep requirement tests to help you get a better grip on understanding how much sleep you actually need.

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken And How To Fix It

W. Chris Winter, M.D.

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Improving your sleep, both in the amount you get, and its quality can be hard, especially if things like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome are getting in your way. Fortunately, ‘The Sleep Solution’ acts as a useful guide to help you improve your sleep without using pills or experiencing pain. Winter explores ways of overcoming the obstacles that stand between you and restful sleep by highlighting factors and misconceptions that have a negative impact.

The Sleep Fix: Practical, Proven, And Surprising Solutions For Insomnia, Snoring, Shift Work, And More

Diane Macedo

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If you struggle with sleep, you will have heard the same nuggets of advice repeated to you over and over again- ‘avoid caffeine’, ‘go to bed at the same time every day’ etc. But what if your lifestyle just can't accommodate it? This is the issue that Diane Macedo addresses in her book ‘The Sleep Fix’. In the book, she explores and delivers achievable and effective techniques to improve your sleep. Even if you think you have tried everything, Macedo may have yet have the solution for you.

Yoga for Better Sleep: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science

Mark Stephens

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Take a more practical approach to improving your sleep with Master Yoga Teacher - Mark Stephens, as he combines modern science with snippets of wisdom from the ancient world. Using simple yoga techniques, meditation states, and straightforward breathwork, Stephens is able to provide a simple and actionable solution to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep.

In a world where a good night's sleep is so important, understanding it and learning how to improve it can be an invaluable skill. These books offer a treasure trove of insights and practical advice to help get the perfect night's sleep. So, whether you are seeking a practical solution to your own sleeping pains, or you simply want to learn more about the dream state, these books can help.

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