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Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way To a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success Paperback – May 22, 2014
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"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, Founder of Well.Org
"Shawn Stevenson has provided us with the map to optimize our dreamtime, rest and recovery. This incredibly readable and actionable treatise is packed with strategies, tactics, and motivational text to get us on the path to deeper, more fulfilling rest tonight, and puts sleep back in its rightful place as the foundation upon which our whole health rests." —Daniel Vitalis, Founder of DanielVitalis.com and SurThrival.com
"Sleep was something that, since college, has never been that important to me. For over a decade I've sacrificed hours of sleep everyday 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, Founder of SmartPassiveIncome.com
About the Author
Shawn Stevenson is the creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on itunes, and a leading health expert who's transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. A graduate of The University of Missouri - St. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. To learn more, visit the author's website at TheShawnStevensonModel.com
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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.
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.
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.
After reading Sleep Smarter, I have been ....sleeping smarter, and, wow, I never knew I could feel so much better just from laying in bed and sleeping. I'm a long time follower of Shawn Stevenson on his Model Health Show podcast and just like on his show, he lays out the info in a format you can't help but to absorb and put into practice.
With my goal to increase strength seeming to take forever before, I'm actually getting results now that I make sleep a priority. Seriously, everyone needs to read this and learn how and why sleep is vital to our entire health and well-being. Not to mention relationships are much better when we get good sleep. :)