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Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,299 ratings  ·  394 reviews

Is high-quality sleep the missing component to help you shed fat for good, stave off diseases, and keep you productive? In Sleep Smarter, Shawn Stevenson, host of the popular podcast, The Model Health Show, answers these and many other sleep-related questions.

As a teenager, Stevenson was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease. He gave up on his health and his body, unt

Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Rodale Books (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding this book was like a stroke of luck for me and I was really excited to get into it. After attempting to repair my sleep habits months ago, there were still multiple things I was doing wrong.

In Sleep Smarter, author Shawn Stevenson shares his journey through healing himself from a debilitating disease. After diagnosis, he was told there wasn't much he could do and eventually he decided to take his health into his own hands. With sleep and nutrition, Shawn was able to heal his body and bec
George Jankovic
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been having sleeping problems lately so I read two books on the topic. This one was great. Each step has a lot of science behind it so you really buy into it. We need to be convinced emotionally and rationally to follow. I will definitely try to make this happen even though I already do some of these things and let's see.

Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, sleep
Better sleep leads to better health which in turn leads to a better life. The hows and whys of each sleep strategy are presented as well as tips to help implement them. I've read these strategies before but I found this book offered explanations that really resonated with me.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Decided not to finish. Ridiculous pseudo-science + common sense mixed with an annoying level of infomercial-style self promotion. Bleh.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, library
I have been working on my sleep for a very long time although I also have been not working on my sleep very well, for a very long time. I already knew almost everything in this book and when I put these things into practice, my sleep improves immensely but when I let things slip, I go back to my slovenly sleep ways. Recently I had to go out of town and stayed in a hotel for 3 nights and having just read the first 5 chapters of the book, I remembered to put them into practice and slept the best I ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-learnings
I’ve long felt better sleeping habits could make a marked difference in my life but Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson reveals exactly how.

SPOILER ALERT: It is so valuable I wanted to take the time to share the key secrets so you can start taking action immediately but do read the whole book to soak up all the wisdom.


You can eat well and exercise but it may be futile to get to the health you want or to be as productive as you want without sleep. Not only will it be
Missy J
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read.

In short, this book is about sleeping.
Tips and tricks on how to improve your sleep. For example, not having any "screen time" 90 minutes before you go to bed to avoid blue light, to keep the temperature low in your bedroom and dark, to not wear any tight clothes, to ventilate your room and keep a plant, develop a ritual, drink less coffee and alcohol, regularly exercise and maintain a healthy weight... The author provided a lot of interesting information about sleep in genera
Daniel Sperry
This book is thick with pseudo science. From rubbing magnesium in specific parts of the body to negative ions energizing a person. Fake Science!
Michal Wojtera
There are some brilliant ideas in this book, but unfortunately they are scrambled together with some utter nonsensical pseudo-science and product promotion. (Earthing for example).

Take each strategy (maybe except the blue-light regime, that's scientifically proven) and verify it.
There is also some sound advice about things like coffee and importance of sleep.
I watched Shawn's talk @ Google (check youtube if you are interested) and really liked what I saw,
but the book dissapointed.

I bought it on
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sd-basics
I like:
+ Good tips on sleep improvement
+ Not too long
+ Short, structured chapters

I didn't like:
- Leaves feeling for "subjectivity" as many of the references and especially all link are to websites, property of the author
- Felt like the last 3 chapters didn't deliver too much value
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have insomnia, and have done all I have ever heard to get a good nights sleep. This book has ideas I've never heard of, as well as a 14 day challenge. I am encouraged that I can get a better night's sleep for the first time in a long time!
In my effort to work on improving my self-care in 2019, I heard about this one during a Book Riot podcast. Sleeping better is definitely something that would help with my self-care improvement strategy. I found a lot of great information in this book ... but it's not a perfect book. There's a great deal of woo woo stuff in this one, stuff that just isn't of interest to me. But, the pieces around technology's impact on sleep were fascinating and made me really rethink things. I also want to impro ...more
Derek Harvey
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical. Well researched. And witty! Not dry at all. And it touches on WAY MORE than just your sleep. If you're looking for a health overhaul, you could easily start with this book.
CP (Wayne)
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Simply put, sleeping takes up one third of our lives – it’s a part of us we can’t avoid, so why not hack it and use it to our advantage. This book reminds me of how we often overlook the importance of quality sleep and don’t use to our advantage.

I read the first version and was a bit disappointed with its lack of depth but this version definitely did it justice. It includes so much more description and all the tips are well supported as they make references to various credible University medical
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
The lack of footnotes in this book is troubling to me. It makes a lot of big claims and the references aren't directly connected to them. If I see a phrase like "studies have shown", I want to know exactly what study and be able to access it immediately. I don't want to have to go through every reference in the bibliography and cross-check it against every claim in the book. A few of the things here sound really pseudoscientific to me (like the EMF section) and the substandard way the sources ar ...more
Julia Doherty
This book was recommended by the Pat Flynn book club. I'm short of time this month so it was nice to get a quick read under my belt (this was about an hour on audio).

Lots of tips for being more productive and having better quality of sleep.

My takeaways:-

1. Turn off blue light and do not look at my phone at least 90 mins before going to bed.

2. Stick with a regular routine.

3. Try not to drink caffeine after 3pm each day.

4. Alcohol makes you fall asleep quicker, but it also wakes you up in the
Ahmad Moshrif
I think 190 pages are too much for usual tips.

good book!
Sandie Buto
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Overall, this is an excellent source of information. Instead of just a list of “fixes”, the author provides the reasons the fixes are recommended. Unfortunately, I have tried all of these suggestions without any long lasting impact on my sleep. As an educator in mental health, I had hoped to use this material and 14 day plan with participants, however, the book seems to overemphasize costly products that my clientele cannot afford such as topical magnesium, grounding mats, and new mattresses...s ...more
Maria Ryan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100% Readable. 100%-Plus Implementable.

Sleep is a vital nutrient and this book is totally digestible. Sleep Smarter stands out from all the others in its genre. Written in Shawn’s own familiar and friendly voice (, it is chock full of the latest research regarding the importance of sleep for every single aspect of our health and teaming with easy to execute tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, starting TONIGHT. Shawn lays it all out in an easy-to-read and relatable f
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-wellbeing
As a hustler, I've always been wondering how to sleep faster - get more rested with less time? The answer lies in the quality of sleep. This book did a great job outlining practical action steps one can take to improve sleep quality. A few most overlooked sleep strategies I really like:
1. Get more sunlight during the day. More natural light exposure, more melatonin production, better sleep.
2. Avoid the screen 90 minutes before bedtime. Artificial blue light emitted by electronic devices tricks o
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and very practical, two things I greatly appreciate in my reading. Definitely something I would recommend to others who are struggling to make sleep a priority.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty helpful and useful. So I know what to do now, now to apply it to my own life. Isn't that the challenge for most people? XD
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very informative read with lots of healthy habits you can implement in your life--not just for better sleep but for better health overall. Some of the advice in here is already widely known such as turning off your electronic devices before bed, keeping the temperature cool in your bedroom and keeping a consistent sleeping pattern, even on weekends. Stevenson goes a step further though: he provides you with useful tips so you can adopt these habits and backs up his arguments with in-de ...more
Nishit Salian
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly how a nonfiction ought to be written. Thankgod for such a read. The book gives valuable insights on how one can actually "sleep smarter". Very concise and no-nonsense points/strategies make it very readable.
Jacqueline Wheeler
Fantastic sleep book! I haven't read many other sleep books, but I don't see how others could be better than this one! I learned a LOT of other information, not just the normal sleep tips people talk about. I can't wait to do the 14 day plan in the back and YouTube my results!
Ilya Ivanov
Wonderful book with easy recommendations regarding the quality of the sleep. Sleep is so fundamental, yet the quality and quantity of sleep are so much ignored in the modern world. I would definitely recommend at least the easiest bits of advice from this book.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It gave me some good ideas and reconfirmed other theories that I have heard. Very helpful book. I would suggest it to anyone.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2017
I really enjoyed this as an audiobook. The author reads it, and does a very good job. Hearing his humor just made the experience so much better. In general, many of his recommendations were not new to me, but a number were. Since I was listening, it wasn't always clear how well some conclusions were supported by research--one study or many. However, since I was familiar with some, I was inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Some may find his reference to his podcast and practice annoyin
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I learned a lot reading this book, not only about sleep itself but other interesting things like how nutrition and exercise can interfere with our sleep. I already sleep better by implementing some of the tips from the author.
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