Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps... and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind
Proven solutions for better nights, from the 'sleep guru' to sports stars including Cristiano Ronaldo
One third of our lives are spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance
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Initial thoughts: A few days ago, I read The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter. In his book, Winter maintained that locking ourselves down to 90-minute sleep cycles isn't always efficient and might even rob us of that extra hour of sleep we need, increasing our tiredness during the day. Whose advice then, should I follow? Nick Littlehales, the author of this book, Sleep, or Winter, who's a neurologist? Both authors research sleep but I'm more inclined to trust the the tra ...more
Littlehales is a sleep coach for high performing athletes. There are some useful concepts in his b ...more
As I age I have found it increasingly hard to stay asleep. I nod off within 10 minutes however tend to wake up sometime between 3 and 5 am and struggle to get back to sleep. Consequently I have developed a keen interest in books and advice about sleep and have read a few books on the subject in the last few weeks.
Nick Littlehales is not a scientist, he's ...more
It's not a page-turner, but it's interesting en ...more
I usually have trouble sleeping 2-3 nights per work week, which I knew was really effecting my performance. After listening to this book my sleep habits immediately started to change and I sleep so much better now. More importantly my whole attitude towards sleep has changed and I don't get stressed out if I can't sleep, don't have the t ...more
I would recommend this book as a quick read for someone who wants to improve their sleep.
I usually like nonfiction audiobooks that are narrated by the author.
The issue with this one is his voice, his tone, and all the athlete name dropping which I could not care less about.
The book did offer some interesting concepts, the 90 minute sleep cycles, the correct size and mattress sizes for couples, and cooler temperatures for bedrooms.
Some of what was said is well known information, no drinks before bed, complete darkness equals better sleep, get sun in the mornin ...more
I found some of the points interesting (such as the 90 minute sleep pattern) but overall it was a bit vague / repetitive / long winded for me and a lot of the points (I think) I’ve heard before.
I’ve picked up various tips and tricks, both based on my own trial and error, and the occasional article I’ve skimmed, but I’ve never set about breaking it down. I know what I prefer and assume that’s right, for me at least.
Considering how much of an impact it can have on our health (physical and mental) and performance, it’s probably long past time we all took a bit more of an analytical look.
Which is where this book com ...more
The author wants his readers/listeners to follow the R90 program (Recovery in 90 minutes) he has created. The basis for his program is the idea that sleep works on 90min cycles. I think he says the body goes through all 5 stages of sleep in that amount of time ("under clinical conditions"). So sleep cycles make up your sleep, and people should see how many cycles/night do they need to feel rested - if it's 3 cycles/night (4.5hrs) so 21 cycles/week then do that. He recommends ...more
Also, trying to doing my best
a) avoiding gadgets before sleep (blue light is producing hormone melatonin which makes it more difficult to fall asleep. it's better to have ...more
His pre- and post sleep routine that I adhere to most nights a week now noticeably improve my mood and calmness in the evenings and mornings. I am more relaxed getting into work and feel less rushed that I give myself more time to process thoughts without a phone.
I have r ...more
Do you like your bed? It's probably not the correct one for you.
The author is a sleep coach for the many sports teams in England and beyond, helping them to eke out as much performance as possible through better sleep. And who couldn't use instruction on obtaining better sleep?
Interesting topic. The author presents some new ways to think about sleep and how to do it better. I'm not sure I agree with everything, but some things I've ...more
I have had a queen-size mattress for all this time and that seems adequate enough for my purposes...
As far as my own sleep patterns go: hahaha. What sleep patterns?
The body of the book though is littered with how the author works with top sports teams, Manchester United, Man City, Arsenal, etc - top cyclists etc. I wa ...more