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3 books poor sleepers need to know about
Blog 263 Recommended reading sleep smarter

Do you know what we’re hearing a lot from clients lately? That sleep has become an issue. People either aren’t getting enough of it, or it’s interrupted, or it’s taking hours each night to happen. We get it. We’re living in crazy times. Even if you haven’t had COVID (which studies say can heighten your susceptibility to sleep disorders), you may be inflicted with the ‘coronasomnia’ that seems to accompany all that extra stress and anxiety we’re carrying around. Plus, if you’re working from home, it can be difficult to ever truly switch off in the space that used to be your sanctuary.

Yet we really can’t overstate the importance of good quality sleep. Without a decent rest (roughly seven to nine hours a night, consistently), our mental health suffers, our physical health suffers and, let’s be honest, anyone who gets in our way before we’ve had a powerful caffeine hit suffers, too.

But don’t take our word for it. If you’re struggling to get the right amount of slumber, check out one – or all – of the following books, each of which takes a different approach to solving your sleep dilemmas.

1. Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success
Quite a compelling title, right? After all, who doesn’t want to improve their body, health and chances of success? According to author Shawn Stevenson, who’s also the host of The model health show podcast, good sleep can help you achieve just that. To that end, he’s put together a 14-day sleep makeover program, in which he offers a number of tips, like how to create the ideal sleep environment and regulate your circadian rhythms. He also suggests a number of stress-reducing exercises you can do, and nutrients you can eat, to set yourself up for optimum rest.

2. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
Taking a step back from actually teaching you how to sleep, Professor Matthew Walker investigates why sleep happens – and why it’s so essential to our wellbeing. He draws on research involving both humans and animals to explore all kinds of sleep-related topics, like the impact of caffeine and alcohol, why our sleep patterns change as we age and what our brains get up to when we dream. A super interesting read.

3. Navigating Sleeplessness: How to Sleep Deeper and Better for Longer
Taking a personalised approach to sleep, chartered psychologist, neuroscientist and sleep expert Dr Lindsay Browning has created this mental health handbook, in which she suggests that by identifying our patterns and understanding what works for us, we can construct our ‘ideal’ sleep plan. She talks about the benefits of self-care and compassion, as well as letting go of unhelpful sleep behaviours and notions of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ sleep, so we can develop healthy habits and get better quality zzzs.

Happy reading (and sleeping!).

– The Coach Place Global

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