7 Books to Help you Sleep

Are you having trouble getting to sleep? Or perhaps you drop-off easily, but find yourself waking in the middle of the night?

Reading a book is an excellent way to relax and take your mind off the day’s activities.

But if you’re looking for the latest advice on how to improve your sleep quality, here’s a selection of recent books that might help.

1. Sleep: All you need to know in one concise manual by Dr. Sandi Mann

Dr. Mann recommends that we need to stop worrying and get back to a more natural wake-sleep pattern.

By explaining the science of sleep and how human sleep habits have changed, the book aims to reduce our anxieties about sleep, helping us to achieve a healthier and better-adjusted attitude. Sleep:

  • includes sleep tips, night-time strategies and wind-down exercises based on informed choices and healthy routines.
  • helps us understand how what happens to us during the day impacts on our sleep
  • describes how to manage and relearn how to sleep.

2. A Pocket Coach: The Sleep Coach by Dr Sarah Jane Arnold

We liked the idea of a compact ‘pocket-sized’ guide to improving your sleep. Dr Arnold has also written The Mindfulness Companion and The Can't Sleep Colouring Journal.

This handy little guide includes expert sleep-improvement tips, from diet and exercise, to checklists and techniques that help get to the cause of underlying stress or anxiety and improve your sleep quality.

3. Positive Sleep: A holistic approach to resolve sleep issues and transform your life by A. J. Watkins

Author Giles Watkins, is a leader in the area of sleep. In his new book, he explores a variety of sleep issues based on his own sleep struggles.

He provides guidance for readers using techniques and personal tips that transformed his life and helped him to sleep better.

As well as explaining the importance and function of sleep, he examines how organisations can promote better sleep for their employees.

4. Insomnia: A Guide to and Consolation for the Restless Early Hours published by The School of Life

Insomnia is a chronic problem affecting thousands of people.

This guide to overcoming insomnia is one of a series of handbooks which promises to sooth the reader by explaining what insomnia is, how it affects us and how we can overcome the problem.

5. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

A #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller, scientific expert Professor Matthew Walker explores the importance of sleep on our life, health and longevity. He discusses the devastating consequences of poor sleep and the health impacts including the link to Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes.

The book is the based on twenty years of cutting-edge research on how to solve the mystery of why sleep matters.
It looks at:

  • how different species deal with sleep
  • the results of major human studies
  • what really happens during REM sleep
  • how caffeine and alcohol affect our sleep
  • why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime

6. The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

According to the author of this bestselling book, sleep deprivation is affecting our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.

Business leader and publisher, Arianna Huffington, is calling for a sleep revolution! She thinks it’s time we renew our relationship with sleep and take back control of our lives.

Huffington thoroughly explores key issues around sleep including:

  • the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health - from weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, to cancer and Alzheimer's.
  • how our cultural dismissal of sleep as ‘time wasted’ not only compromises our health and our decision-making but also undermines our work lives, our personal lives and even our sex lives.
  • the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream.
  • the dangers of medicating sleep deprivation.
  • the impact of technology on sleep.

7. The Sleep Solution: why your sleep is broken and how to fix it by W. Chris Winter

Internationally renowned neurologist W. Chris Winter – known as ‘the sleep whisperer’ - explains the basic, often-counterintuitive rules of sleep science.

Dr Winter explores surprising solutions for insomnia and other sleep disturbances.

He encourages readers to stop taking sleeping pills and enjoy the best sleep of their lives.

The Sleep Solution contains tips, tricks, exercises, and illustrations, all presented in a clear, entertaining way.

And then there’s always reading for pleasure…

Of course, reading – or listening as an audiobook – to your favourite fictional book can also be a great way of going to sleep. Whatever works, we wish you sweet dreams and a deep and refreshing night’s sleep!