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Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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“Shawn Stevenson’s Sleep Smarter is the first book I recommend to leaders who want to achieve peak performance. Most people try to maximize their ‘time’ when the real secret to productivity is to maximize your energy, and that begins with getting enough great sleep. This book will quickly put you to sleep...in a good way.”
―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
Shawn Stevenson is the creator of The Model Health Show, which has been featured as the #1 Fitness and Nutrtion podcast on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri - St. Louis, Stevenson studied biology and kinesiology. He later founded the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness service for individuals and organizations worldwide. Stevenson has been a keynote speaker for numerous universities, organizations, and conferences. He lives with his family in Wildwood, MO.
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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.
What's great about Stevenson's book is that he has a really full spectrum approach to getting better sleep. Some of them are obvious, like the classic early to bed, early to rise tip. But did you know that the body's rejuvenation mechanisms are amped between 10pm and 2am?
It's science backed information like this that really helps. It's one thing to know that its better to get to sleep earlier, but quite another to learn that there's a real qualitative difference between sleeping between x and y hours. Common sense would dictate that you have to get x hours of sleep (I usually just get six, but we should be getting more, though Stevenson doesn't lay down the law on a number, instead focusing on better sleep quality), but who cares when we get it?
It turns out that when you go to sleep, when you wake up, and which hours your body is resting are very important.
The other point I'll make is that you may be reading this and saying "whatever." 21 tips? I can get this from the internet. But, back to my wife. I recently read a book called Paleo Fitness for Dummies, which is quite a good book in its own right. The authors of Paleo Fitness recommend some of the same things that Stevenson does, namely, try to cut out the electronic sources of lights 90 minutes before sleep and to go to sleep around or before 10 p.m. I tried to share this idea with my wife and she just laughed in my face. But after reading Sleep Smarter, she is buying in.*
So, here's the point: sure, you can probably find information on many of these topics on the internet. Stevenson recommends meditation. There's plenty of information on meditation. Stevenson recommends light therapy. There's plenty of information out there. But, sometimes you need to convince people to buy in. Stevenson does such a good job assembling this information and presenting it in a compelling style, that it is well worth a few of your hard earned dollars.
And maybe the person you will convince to buy in is you.
* I actually labeled this advice the bad in my review of Paleo Fitness!
Some of the advice is very, very aspirational. The sleep section contains some great points, but who is going to completely shut down from the internet/tv at 8pm, be in bed by 10pm, and up before 7am? My wife just laughed at me when I read it out." http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FV78V733RKDW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Appreciation shoutout: I discovered Sleep Smarter through a podcast called The Man Project with Ted Ryce. Like the book, this podcast has wonderful and surprising life improving tips. I recommend it. Check it out.
There isn’t one facet of your mental, emotional, or physical performance that’s not affected by the quality of your sleep.
The big challenge is that in our fast-paced world today, millions of people are chronically sleep deprived and suffering the deleterious effects of getting low quality sleep.
The consequences of sleep deprivation aren’t pretty either. Try immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, and memory loss just to name a few.
Most people don’t realize that their continuous sleep problems are also a catalyst for the diseases and appearance issues they’re struggling with.
Studies have shown that just one night of sleep deprivation can make you as insulin resistant as a type-2 diabetic. This translates directly to aging faster, decreased libido, and storing more body fat than you want (say it ain’t so!).
Now stretch that over weeks, months, even years, and you can start to see why lack of sleep can be such a huge problem.”
~ Shawn Stevenson from Sleep Smarter
Shawn Stevenson is a health coach who has one of the most popular health & fitness podcasts out there called The Model Health Show.
This is a short, quick-reading, funny and practical little book featuring 21 tips on how to optimize your sleep.
I read it as part of my preparation for teaching Optimal Sleep 101.
Let's explore some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Value Your Sleep - = Tip #1.
2. Avoid the Screens - Easiest way to optimize.
3. Adenosine - How caffeine really works.
4. Stay Cool - Think: 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Vitamin G - You getting enough?
To smarter sleep and smarter living! :)
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