8 of the Best Books on Sleep

8 of the Best Books on Sleep

By Megan Habel , Jan 18th 2018

Best Books on Sleep

Read your way to a better night's sleep with these best books on sleep!

Sleep has become an increasingly popular area of study among neuroscientists and psychologists alike. More and more people are searching for a better night's sleep. Luckily, sleep experts have come out with countless books on sleep and have provided secrets behind successful slumber. We've picked eight of the best books on sleep to help you get the most out of your nights!


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

The Sleep Revolution

According to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. What we need is a renewed relationship with sleep. It is only through this that we can take back control of our lives. Huffington's sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and personal exploration of sleep delves into the history of sleep, the role of dreams in our lives, the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science so that we may finally get a good night's sleep — and change our lives.

2. Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind by Nick Littlehales


A staggering one-third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. This time we spend in bed shapes our ability to perform, whether at work or at home. Nick Littlehales, a leading sports sleep coach, shares his proven strategies for successful sleep. Learn how to map your unique sleep cycle, optimize your environment for recovery, and cope with the demands of this fast-paced, tech-driven world in order to rest your way to a more confident, successful, and happier you.

3. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

Why We Sleep

Preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker introduces a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Citing cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses.

4. Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson

Sleep Smarter

When a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete, Shawn Stevenson discovered that, through better sleep and optimized nutrition, his body was able to be healed and he was able to achieve fitness and business goals he never thought possible. In this book, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life, including his popular 14-Day Sleep Makeover.

5. The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter, M.D.

The Sleep Solution

Achieve healthy sleep and eliminate pills, pain, and fatigue by truly understanding what's going on with your sleep. If you want to fix your sleep problems, Internet tips and tricks won't help. Neurologist and sleep expert W. Chris Winter explains how sleep works, clarifies how to get the best sleep without the aid of sleeping pills, instructs on how to incorporate sleep and napping into your life, provides ways to understand and treat a multitude of conditions, and clarifies the value of the ever-changing sleep technologies. Redefining what it means to have optimal sleep, this book will help you get the rest you really need.

6. Sleeping Your Way to the Top: How to Get the Sleep You Need to Succeed by Terry Cralle, W. David Brown, and William Cane

Sleeping Your Way to the Top

Many people believe that the less sleep you get, the more productive you are. Two nationally recognized experts are here to debunk that myth and show that sufficient sleep and success go hand in hand. Terry Cralle and W. David Brown present the ultimate wake-up call for ambitious people who wish to achieve maximum performance. Based on compelling new research, this book provides the latest clinically proven techniques for getting quality rest, achieving maximum productivity, and overcoming common sleep impediments to enhance your career.

7. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

Eat Move Sleep

Though it may seem like a basic concept, eating, moving and sleeping are three essentials that many people simply aren’t getting enough of. Much of the reason people aren’t tapping into these vital resources is that they simply don’t understand the impact it can have on our lives. In this book, Rath provides thorough and intriguing research on the basics that create a more healthy and prosperous life. He also provides plenty of practical advice to help you apply these concepts to your everyday life.

8. The Nocturnal Journal: A Late-Night Exploration of What's Really on Your Mind by Lee Crutchley

The Nocturnal Journal

Can't sleep? An engaging and emotionally aware resource for night owls, insomniacs, and anyone else who finds themselves awake at all hours, this journal will help you explore what keeps you up at night, and why. Prompts and illustrations tease out the pressing thoughts, deep questions, everyday anxieties, and half-formed creative ideas that need unpacking and exploring, bringing more peace of mind and a richer understanding of ourselves. It's the perfect gift for journal lovers and anyone seeking emotional wellness, self-care, and a clearer mind.


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This post was written by Megan Habel, the marketing associate at BookPal. She is currently reading Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter.

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