The Best Books About Sleep (For Any Age)
When you work at a company whose sole purpose is to change the way you sleep, chances are that you end up living, breathing, and eating the subject of sleep. Just in case you're not as obsessed as we are (and we're guessing you're not!), we've rounded up our favourite books about sleep for you to enjoy this long weekend.
The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington. As soon as we got our hands on this book, we immediately read the whole thing cover to cover. Huffington's story is a compelling one: after collapsing in a pool of blood at her office, she realized that her chronic lack of sleep was destroying her health, relationships, and career, and set out on a mission to change our society's perception of sleep. This book explains the history, nature, and science of sleep; in our fast-paced, constantly connected, and sleep deprived world, it's more important than ever to prioritize a good night's rest. We think that everyone should read this and undergo their own #SleepRevolution.
Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams, Paul Martin. Just like The Sleep Revolution, Martin investigates the physical and psychological impact of sleep in our sleep-starved society. He takes a facts-based approach to sleep, analyzing the scientific nature of our dreams, and the role of sleep in the animal world. He investigates every aspect of sleep, launching a thorough study into the world of REM sleep, snoring, the relationship between alcohol and sleep, and so much more. Perfect for those who love facts and figures.
The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 am), Hal Elrod. While this book is not about sleep per se, it is about creating a morning routine that will change your life. Elrod posits that implementing his five rituals upon waking each morning will transform your life, improving your motivation and attitude. You'll never look at your alarm clock the same way again.
Dreamland: Adventures in the Science of Sleep, David K. Randall. After a sleepwalking accident, Randall launched into a full fledged investigation of our body and brain and the impact that lack of sleep has on them. We love that he takes a peek into the strange, odd and even disturbing side of sleep and sleep disorders. Often shocking, you'll walk away armed with more facts about sleep that you could imagine.
Go the F--- to Sleep, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes. Have you struggled with lullabies, stories, and the unending battle of getting your kids to sleep? You'll laugh out loud at this subversive and beautifully written children's book... that's not really for kids. Every parents who is frustrated with FINALLY getting their kids to sleep will appreciate this book.
I Dare You Not To Yawn, Helene Boudreau and Serge Bloch. One fun fact that we learned in The Sleep Revolution? Sometimes the best way to get to sleep is to pretend to be as awake as possible. This charmingly illustrated book promises just that, as it chronicles a child fighting off a yawn (and the inevitable path to bedtime that comes with it). The perfect read-out-loud bedtime story that will put both parent and child to sleep.