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best *books about sleep*: learn why those zzzs are top priority

We all (by now) know how a lack of sleep makes us feel. Tired, grumpy at best, and a lack of umph in our step. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone! As many as 16 million adults in the UK suffer frequent sleepless nights. And, almost a third of that figure have insomnia (1).

Mind. Blown!

So, in a bid to understand why sleep is so important, it seems we’re turning to books. And why not? But, there are so many books about sleep around right now that picking a title to read can be a challenging task. So, we’ve been rummaging through the virtual bookshelves online to bring you a list of our favourite sleep related titles.

Scroll on to unveil eve’s best books about sleep.

our top 5 books about sleep

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Whether you’re reading books about sleep to educate yourself or as a new option to lull yourself into slumber, these titles offer something for everyone. Without further ado, here are our top 5 titles in no particular order…

1. insomnia solutions by Danielle Pataky

With its full title being Insomnia Solutions: A New Approach to Achieving Restful Sleep Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Diet and Nutrition, and Prayers for Peace, this book promises information along with the tools you need to help yourself!

If you’re one of those people that finds themselves tossing and turning night after to night, this book is for you. If you find it nigh on impossible to get the restful sleep you need to feel refreshed and energized for the day ahead, this book is for you. And if you’ve grown tired of relying on sleep medication that leave you feeling unproductive, this book is for you too!

And you're not alone. Millions of people worldwide suffer from insomnia. But with this book about sleep, there is hope on the horizon (2).

2. why we sleep by Matthew Walker, PHD

If you’ve not ready Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams yet, you’re in for a treat! Matthew Walker’s dedication to the subject of sleep as one of the most important (and yet, least understood) aspects of a person’s life is gripping.

His book is filled with the science behind sleep and promises an engrossing look at the functionality of catching those zzzs. It also examines the links between dreaming and creativity which is pretty cool.

The Sunday Times describes this book about sleep as "compelling and utterly convincing" (3), And as a neuroscientist and sleep expert, Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep along with the steps you can take to achieve a better night's sleep every night.

3. sleep smarter by Shawn Stevenson

This book about sleep’s official title is: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success. Sensing a theme where long titles and books tackling the subject of sleep are concerned? Us too!

And this Shawn Stevenson title has achieved a 4.5/5-star rating on Amazon based on over 2,700 reviews (4). So, if you want to unlock your body's natural ability to sleep soundly along with a bunch of subsequent benefits including boosted energy levels, weight loss, and improved health and wellbeing, this book could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Sleep is vital for health. It helps you shed fat, keeps you productive and improves functionality pretty much mind and body-wide. Shawn Stevenson explains how the power of pairing better sleep with recommended nutritional intake can both heal, and help you achieve more.

And so, Sleep Smarter was written. It shares easy tricks to help readers discover the best sleep so that they can be in the best health of their lives. Win-win!

4. the sleep book by Dr Guy Meadows

Actually entitled The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night, this book about sleep was initially published in 2014. But, it remains every bit as relevant a read today. It also means there’s a potential you could pick up a pre-owned copy for next to nothing in your local charity shop! Score!

Approximately a third of the world’s population don’t achieve the sleep they need. And so, The Sleep Book reveals a life-changing five-week plan that will empower you to becoming part of that statistic.

Dr Guy’s approach to overcoming sleep issues is a blend of mindfulness and new ACT therapy techniques. This five-week plan claims to have the ability to cure your sleep problems. And contrary to the usual mantra of self-help books, this one explains that the secret lies not in what you do, but what you learn not to do (5).

As the founder of The Sleep School, Dr Guy has implemented pioneering sleep methods with incredible success rate (6). So, this book about sleep has made it to our best list thanks to its research-backed approach to the subject.

5. fast asleep by Dr Michael Mosely

This best book about sleep entry’s full title is Fast Asleep: How to get a really good night's rest. And how many of us are craving that ability? We’d bet every single person has been in need of a really good night’s sleep at least once in their lives! So, if this book is promising to help us achieve this and the reviews are good, we’re in!

We’re all aware that a good night's sleep is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. Which begs the question - why do so many of us struggle to sleep well?

And so Dr Michael Mosley’s book explores sleep, common sleep problems, their triggers and why standard advice often fails.

The book delivers a wealth of recommendations for all ages and from all walks of life. It even offers up some recipes designed to boost your deep sleep by improving your gut microbiome. If you want to sleep well, minimise stress, and feel happier, Fast Asleep is worth a read (7).

pay attention to your hardware if you want to rest better to live better

Comfort + support = a great night’s sleep.

If you have read countless books about sleep and are still struggling to get the sleep you need to achieve more, it could be your hardware that’s causing the issued. Are you waking up in the mornings sore? Or perhaps your allergy-induced sleep disruptions due are getting progressively worse? Buying a new mattress could be just the quick fix you need.

But, before you dash off to splurge on a new mattress, here’s some standard checks to help you confirm whether it’s a necessary purchase:

  1. How long have you had your current mattress? If you’ve had it more than eight years, there’s a really good chance you need a new model.
  2. Look for visible signs of wear and tear. Any visible sagging, tears or rips, holes, or stains are all good indications that you’re in need of a mattress upgrade.
  3. Feel for invisible signs of wear and tear. Is your mattress lumpy? Does the foam lack support? Can you feel springs poking you in the night? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s time to invest in a sleep solution that will help you achieve the sleep you deserve.

At eve, we totally get the importance of the role your mattress plays in promoting better sleep. And so, we offer a wide range of mattresses tailored to individual sleep positions and preferences. But our new wunderflip mattresses are the crème de la crème. They've been designed to support every sleep position preference, ensure you get the kip you need to achieve those life goals, and can get comfy reading your favourite book about sleep in bed.