Top sleep books to read in 2021
What books should you read to unlock the secrets of sleep? Getting better sleep entails far more than simply going to bed early enough. There are many factors that influence your sleep and many things you can do to improve your sleep quality. But where do you start? What do you do?
Good news: We’ve done the hard work for you and have put together a list of the top sleep books from some of the most influential people in sleep you should read or listen to in audiobook form.
Why We Sleep
By Matthew Walker
Sleep expert and neuroscientist, Matthew Walker, will make you feel like you know everything about why we sleep, the power of sleep and how to sleep well in his best-selling book: Why We Sleep.
He discusses the effect that sleep has on different aspects of daily life like our health and decision-making skills. You will also learn more about things like how your diet affects sleep and what happens during REM sleep.
By Shawn Stevenson
You’re already a smart human being. You can admit it. But are you sleeping smart? Shawn Stevenson can teach you how in his book: Sleep Smarter.
The book provides a comprehensive guide to optimising your sleep and how to use sleep to live a healthier and happier life. You will learn how to use sunlight exposure, diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes to sleep better at night. There is even a 14-day sleep makeover plan you can follow.
The Book of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia
By Nicole Moshfegh
Are you looking for practical tips and strategies for managing insomnia? Nicole Moshfegh’s techniques suggested in the book are based on cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
With cognitive behavioural therapy, you train your brain to respond differently to certain triggers. You can train yourself to fall asleep easier over time. You just need to put in the work.
The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken And How To Fix It
By Dr Chris Winter
Dr Chris Winter, M.D. has helped more than 10,000 patients get better sleep. He has taken what he has learnt over the years and combined it to bring you The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken And How To Fix It.
If you are looking for information that will help you sleep better without needing to rely on sleeping pills and you want to discover the root cause of your sleep problems, we highly recommend reading this book.
The Sleep Revolution
By Arianna Huffington
After improving her sleep habits and changing her own life, Arianna Huffington is trying to help the world sleep better.
In her book, The Sleep Revolution, she teaches about the dos and don’ts of sleeping with the help of scientists and also explores the sleep industry and its history, as well as how sleep affects our work performance, health and happiness.
The Promise of Sleep
By Dr William C. Dement
In his book, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, Dr Dement takes a deep dive into sleep and sleep problems like insomnia, jet lag and snoring.
When reading this book, you will learn about things like how sleep affects your immune system and about the effects sleep deprivation has on society like increased heart disease occurrences and fatigue-related accidents. You will also learn about the benefits and risks of various treatments that are available.
Dreamland: Adventures In The Strange Science Of Sleep
By David K. Randall
When journalist David K. Randall sustained an injury while sleepwalking one night, he became fascinated with the strange science of sleep and started investigating the subject.
In his book, you will find answers to interesting questions like: Are there sleep differences between men and women? Or does it count as murder if you kill someone while sleepwalking? Reading the book becomes an adventure of discovery in itself.
Once you’ve worked your way through this list, you should know enough about the science of sleep and how to do it well that you can write your own book about the topic. You don’t have to though. We would rather you spend your extra time making sure you get enough rest and good sleep.