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  • Writer's pictureSophie Bostock, PhD

My Top 10 Sleep Books on World Book Day

In honour of World Book Day, thought I'd pick out my current top 10 books on sleep, and sleep science.. it's a changing feast but there are some classics and some newbies in here...

On the top? The first ever sleep book I read, and still a bit of a bible. If you are looking for a structured approach to coping with insomnia, Colin Espie's 'Overcoming Insomnia' tells you how to do it - and was the foundation of the digital Sleepio programme.

You'll also see a very well thumbed copy of 'Chasing the Sun' which explains the extraordinary power of sunlight.

'Rest' by @askpang is all about the importance of pausing and rest, as well as sleep, for our creativity and productivity. (Also great on Audible).

'The Sleep Solution' by Chris Winter @sportsleepdoc does what it says on the tin, but makes you smile as well. Bonus.

In 'The Nocturnal Brain' , Guy Leschziner delves into the science behind more unusual sleep disorders, exploring sleep through his patients' eyes.

'Why We Sleep' by Matthew Walker is a thorough and occasionally scary best seller about all the stuff sleep does for you.. I recommend you sort out your sleep with the other books first!!

'The Circadian Code' by @satchin.panda explains why respecting our circadian rhythms, optimized for action by day and rest at night, is a winner not only for sleep, but also for health and wellbeing.

Ferber and Owens/Mindell are trusted voices in the kids sleep space. My other favourite is 'What to do when you Dread your Bed' by Dawn Huebner which is a great read for school age kids to help cope with night time fears and busy brains..

There are so many awesome reads on this topic. What have I missed?? There are plenty more in my bookshelf.. I suspect next year's top 10 will have a few tweaks! :-)


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