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Five Books to Help You Better Understand Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of life. It is needed to not only restore and rejuvenate our bodies, but to grow muscles, repair tissue, and synthesize our hormones. But if sleep is so vital to our overall health, why do many of us struggle with sleeping and understanding the basic principles of sleep? To help unlock the mysteries of sleep and why we need it, we have compiled a list of five of the best books on the subject. Check these gems out before you go to bed at night. They might just help put you to sleep, one way or another. 

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1. Why We Sleep 

The first book on our list is Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker. Walker is a British scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His 2017 book, Why We Sleep, answers common sleep questions that we all have. Questions like, how do caffeine and alcohol affect how much sleep we get? To questions like, what happens during REM? This book is a page-turner and provides information not only on why we need sleep, but also on what happens to our brains while we sleep and dream. 

2. How to Sleep Well 

Dr. Neil's Stanley's How to Sleep Well: The Science of Sleeping Smarter, Living Better and Being Productive is the second book on our list. This 2018 book serves as a guidebook for those who suffer from restless sleep. The book is great for those of us looking to build a peaceful and calming bedtime routine. How to Sleep Well has the power to guide all of us to the restorative sleep that we desire. 

3. The Sleep Solution 

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It was written by W. Chris Winter, MD. Winter is an American sleep researcher and neurologist. In this 2017 book, Winter provides readers with a guide on how to achieve healthy sleep. He discusses how food, light, and computers hinder the process of sleep and how most people are incorrectly using sleep aids. This book is a great read for anyone looking to combat insomnia or sleep issues in a way that is centered on health. 

4. Say Good Night to Insomnia 

Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D., is the author of the fourth book on our list, Say Good Night to Insomnia. Jacobs is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a senior research scientist. In his 2009 book, he provides readers with a six-week sleep program. This program is drug-free and based in cognitive-behavior therapy developed by Harvard Medical School. If you're looking for a step-by-step sleep guide, this is the book for you.  

5. The Secret Life of Sleep 

The final book on our list is The Secret Life of Sleep. This 2014 book was written by Kat Duff and addresses the fact that sleep is a vital resource that many of us are giving up. Throughout her book, Duff highlights how the modern world has spurred many of us to give up sleep and created a surplus of sleep issues. This book is packed with a full range of myths, facts, and benefits pertaining to proper sleep. The Secret Life of Sleep is a fun read that will provide readers with plenty of useful nuggets of information regarding sleep.

We hope this list serves you well and helps you achieve the good night's rest you are after. Remember, sleep is a vital component for everyone's overall health and general well-being. While sleep is often neglected, getting adequate rest each night is essential to living a happy, healthy and productive life.

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Guide to a Better Nights Sleep

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