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Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success Hardcover – Illustrated, March 15, 2016
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—Kevin Kruse, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the missing pieces in the health conversation today is the importance of sleep. In Sleep Smarter you’ll learn how sleep impacts your mind, body, and performance, plus practical solutions to help you get the best sleep ever.”
—Jonathan Bailor, New York Times bestselling author of The Calorie Myth
“If you’re not sleeping, you’re not healthy. Shawn Stevenson helps unravel our modern sleep crisis with clarity and focused solutions that can start helping you tonight. A must read.”
—Dr. Pedram Shojai, award-winning filmmaker, founder of Well.Org, and author of The Urban Monk
“It doesn’t matter what you eat if you don’t get your sleep! Shawn Stevenson has thrown a spotlight on the disease of insomnia and lack of sleep that is killing so many of us. This book is the perfect introduction to the tools and strategies that could fix your broken sleep.”
—Alexandra Jamieson, bestselling author and costar of the hit movie Super Size Me
“We’ve all read books on the importance of eating healthy and exercise, but sleep is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle that many people overlook. Sleep Smarter has everything the average person needs to become a ‘professional sleeper’ to further enhance their quality of life.”
—Drew Manning, New York Times bestselling author of Fit2Fat2Fit
“Sleep was something that, since college, has never been that important to me. For over a decade I’ve sacrificed hours of sleep every day to get more work done. Now that I’m in a phase of optimization for both personal and business reasons, thanks to Sleep Smarter, I realize that focusing on better sleep can help me get to the next level. I’m glad to have the guide to proper sleep in my hands.”
— Pat Flynn, bestselling author and founder of SmartPassiveIncome.com
"The fact is, to be happy, healthy, and productive, we need to get enough sleep. Sleep Smarter is a terrific resource for anyone who wants a great night’s rest."
— Gretchen Rubin, New York Times Bestselling author of BETTER THAN BEFORE and THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
"If you are looking for the most comprehensive guide on enhancing your sleep, beating insomnia, and using cutting-edge, proven techniques to optimize the most important part of your body's repair and recovery, then you found it. Sleep Smarter contains everything you need to know in one convenient, succinct summary. I will definitely be recommending this book to any of my clients who want to sleep better, deeper, and of course, smarter."
— Ben Greenfield, New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Training
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1623367395
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623367398
- Dimensions : 6.22 x 1.05 x 9.37 inches
- Publisher : Rodale Books; Illustrated edition (March 15, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author constantly recommends products and links to them on his website. Unfortunately, you have to provide your personal information just to access the website (opening yourself up to spam from the author) and then undoubtedly you'll be met by a series of affiliate marketing links from which the author hopes to earn a commission regardless of the efficacy of the products he's selling.
Ignoring the fact that this is clearly a money-making scam, the writing style itself is atrocious. Instead of presenting himself as a seasoned expert on the subject of sleep, the author comes across as a high schooler who has never taken a composition class in his life, and is only concerned with seeming cool and popular. He frequently uses "money" as an adjective and even uses an actual winky emoticon when he alludes to sex because he doesn't have the maturity to address the topic frankly. He makes constant parenthetical remarks that are presumably supposed to be funny, but just sadly remind the reset of someone whose best years were in high school and they're clamoring to maintain a sense of importance. Instead of speaking as an authority (because he's clearly not) the author constantly back pedals on his own advice in a way that basically reads "You shouldn't do X, but you still can if it means you'll like me for." I'm not he here to like the author and follow his Facebook page. I'm here to get factual information.
The author casually slips in, every chance that he gets, that he's interviewed celebrity doctors and equally know-nothing health gurus as if that actually makes up for a lack of research.
And the constant spelling and grammatical mistakes are just the icing on the cake.
Do you want to know what this book tells you about sleep? Limit caffeine and alcohol, limit exposure to screens and artificial light, go to bed and rise with the sun, and sleep in a dark room with a temperate between 60 and 68 degrees. There you go. That's all the information in the book. Now spend you money on something that's actually useful.
I'm 3 chapters in and I'm already going to give this 5 stars. It's literally that good. It's very digestable, very organized, the author is clearly a "teacher" (by another teacher's standards) and knows what to say, how to say it, how to connect with people, and has a natural humor that makes it very compelling to keep listening (or in this case reading). I'm already enthralled 3 chapters and I'll probably finish the book before the week is over.
I already heard about the getting to sleep at the proper time. I've been doing it for about a week and already my outlook and attitude has changed completely.
Also... Whoever decided on the cover, font, layout and all of that... incredible job. I know how hard it is to nail those things down but nail them down you did. Great typeset, comfortable line height, everything was beautiful.
We appreciated the author's sense of humor and practicality - for example, giving options for how to continue having coffee, vs. all or nothing solutions, and other "hacks" to help us integrate suggestions in our every day lives that can't always accommodate a perfect implementation.
I had never heard of this author and didn't purchase the book based on his podcast. My daughter's doctor mentioned the role of sleep deprivation in weight management and recommended we look at her sleep habits as a possible cause for her unexplained weight gain. I thought this was strange as it seemed she was getting a lot of sleep, but looking closer at her habits, we realized she was not sleeping well and was tired all the time as a 16 year old. I had not thought about the timing and other factors impacting the quality of her sleep, not to mention mine or my husband's, and I was searching for answers about my own fatigue and recently night waking in spite of good diet and what I thought was adequate exercise. In looking for more information I found this book, and we've been applying these ideas as a whole family.