BEDTIME STORIES: Reading List For A Great Night's Sleep

BEDTIME STORIES: Reading List For A Great Night's Sleep

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For many of us, sleep can seem like a given; a passive action that we don't put much thought into. With work schedules, social engagements, family responsibilities, and overbooking our time, sleep often falls to the bottom of our priority list.

Little do we know how complex and amazing the science of sleep really is and how hugely beneficial good sleep hygiene can be to optimizing our lives.

Not only does reading at night help you to unwind and reduce stress, but this is a bedtime reading list that will help to improve your sleep while learning about the complexities of why we need it, how it helps, why it's important, how you can use it to your advantage, and the science of dreams and sleep.

1. Self Care: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

We are just beginning to understand the far-reaching implications of sleep on our physical and mental health.

"In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives -- and even our sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream.  She takes on the dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power."

2. Success: Sleeping Your Way To The Top by Terry Cralle

It's a common misconception that in order to be successful in business, you have to be 'the first one there and the last to leave'; that dedication means sleep deprivation. 

"Many people today believe that the less sleep you get, the more productive you are. But two nationally recognized experts are here to debunk that myth and show that sufficient sleep and success go hand in hand. A groundbreaking collaboration between certified clinical sleep educator Terry Cralle, RN, and sleep psychologist W. David Brown, PhD, Sleeping Your Way to the Top presents the ultimate wake-up call for ambitious people who wish to achieve maximum performance. Based on compelling new research, it provides the latest clinically proven techniques for getting quality rest, achieving maximum productivity, and overcoming common sleep impediments to enhance your career. Featuring sidebars, charts, and illustrations, this book finally takes the stigma out of sleep."

3. Health: The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff

I think most of us would agree that, across the board, sleep is something we are all fond of. Who doesn't love an afternoon nap or sleeping in on Sunday? The big question is: why? Why do we need it? Why do we want it? What's really going on when we sleep.

"Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep. It has become increasingly clear that our sleep shapes who we are as much as, if not more than, we shape it.

While most sleep research hasn’t ven­tured far beyond research labs and treatment clinics, The Secret Life of Sleep taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource. 

With a sense of infectious curiosity, award-winning author Kat Duff mixes cutting-edge research with insightful narratives, surpris­ing insights, and timely questions to help us better understand what we’re losing before it’s too late. 

The Secret Life of Sleep tackles the full breadth of what sleep means to people the world over. Embark on an exploration of what lies behind and beyond our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep."

4. Science: Dreamland: Adventures In The Strange Science Of Sleep by David K. Randall

We've established why we need sleep and why we want to sleep. Now we explore the unusual... 

"Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep.

In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that makeup nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems. Why did the results of one sleep study change the bookmakers’ odds for certain Monday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder?

This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You’ll never look at your pillow the same way again."

5. Sports: Sleep to Win!: Secrets to Unlocking your Athletic Excellence in Every Sport by Dr James B. Maas and Haley A. Davis

Use sleep to up your game both in life and in sports.

"Professional hockey player Mike Greenza was a first-round draft pick out of Cornell University, full of youth, talent, and unlimited potential. Midway through his second NHL season, that potential is still unrealized. He and his team struggle, scraping the bottom of their division. A chance comment by Greenza’s little sister, Britt, changes everything. Reacting to her brother’s moodiness and fatigue, she reminds him of former professor Dr Jim Maas, who had been an advisor to his Cornell team and a nationally renowned sleep coach.

Told as a fable and filled with performance-enhancing scientific facts for athletes of every level in all sports, Sleep to Win! follows Greenza as the season unfolds. He reconnects with Maas, author and world-renowned sleep researcher, who schools him in the latest sleep research as it applies to athletes, including:

• the exact amount of sleep athletes need;

• how a specific sleep stage actually enhances what is practised; 

• a way to heal (and prevent) injury with extra rest; and

• the elements of the perfect pre-game nap. "

6. Dreams: The Mind At Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Bruce Dickinson

Unlock the mysteries of our dreams.

"Psychologists and philosophers have long grappled with the mysteries of dreaming, and now-thanks largely to recent innovations in brain imaging -neuroscientists are starting to join the conversation. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning journalist Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, asking the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotions? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Are the universal dream interpretations of Freud and Jung valid? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys and tells us what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours."


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