We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is good for us. But do we know why?
We all know that not getting enough good quality sleep is bad for us, but do we know why?
I have put many hours of my life into the study of sleep. Why? Because it was an area of my life I couldn’t seem to get right. I have always been very sleep challenged. I never felt like I got enough sleep. I was constantly tired, unmotivated, and my stress levels and health were definitely showing the effects of this.
Then I found the book Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson. I really wish I had found this book sooner as it would have saved me so much time. This is my go-to book on everything sleep. This book was a complete life changer for me. I have no doubts that it will be for you too.
- Is the most comprehensive everything you need to know about sleep tool.
- Is very easy to read and understand. Everything is explained in a simple manner for easy understanding and implementation.
- Has wonderful tools and ideas to change your life.
- Is an amazing resource for sleep studies that back up all the information given in this book.
- Is full of sleep facts that will surprise you to learn.
- Will open your eyes as to why you feel like crap, hormonal, have an achy body, have no motivation for life, can’t lose weight and so much more…
Here are seven things you may not know about sleep. These are just some of the many things you will read and learn about in Sleep Smarter.
#1 Sleep Regulates Most Hormone Levels
Dr. Sara Gottfried discusses the effects of sleep on hormone levels in the Forward.
#2 Circadian Rhythm Is Affected By Sleep.
Chapter 2 explains what your circadian rhythm is, melatonin production, cortisol effects, and what type of sunlight is beneficial to get each day.
#3 Electronic Use 2 Hours Before Bedtime Disrupts Sleep
Chapter 3 discusses the affects of screens on your sleep.
#4 There Is An Actual Beneficial Sleep Time
In Chapter 6 you will find out what hours of the night are most beneficial to sleep in order to get the most beneficial hormone secretions and recovery.
#5 Night Shifts Are Harmful To Your Health and Sleep
Chapter 6 also discusses the harm that working a graveyard shift can have on your hormones, sleep, health, and brain function.
#6 Electronic Devices in Your Bedroom Disrupts Your Sleep
Chapter 12 explains why it’s important to keep all electronic devices out of the bedroom.
#7 Your Sleep Affects Your Weight
Chapter 13 is a real eye opener about the relationship between sleep and weight. Did you know you can actually lose weight when you sleep?
Learn about these subjects and so much more!
This book also includes:
- 21 Tips and strategies to get better sleep
- A 14 day sleep makeover with a daily questionnaire
- Targets to reach
- End of the day journal
The biggest takeaway I had from reading this book is that sufficient, good quality sleep is important for every function of your body, physical and mental health, energy and motivation, and even your relationships. Making some of the simple small changes recommended in this book can truly change your life.
If you love this book as much as I do you might want to check out Shawn Stevenson’s podcast The Model Health Show.