10 Of The Best Books On Sleep To Get Better ZZZs

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Michelle Regalado

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There’s nothing worse than spending an entire night tossing and turning, desperately trying to fall asleep—until it happens multiple nights in a row. If you’re one of the thousands of adults who frequently struggle to fall or stay asleep, these books may provide some help. Offering everything from daily sleep logs to data-backed advice, the best books on sleep can give you a better understanding of your sleep patterns and how they affect your everyday life.

So get ready to break out your pillow and doze away with the ten best books on sleep.

The Best Books on Sleep

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker book coverWhy We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker delivers a thought-provoking examination of the purpose and power of slumber. Using decades of data and clinical practice, Walker explores how getting sleep can enrich almost every aspect of daily life—from decision-making skills to the immune system. He also answers long-held questions about sleep, including how sleep aids affect us over the long term, what really happens during REM sleep, and what kinds of foods and drinks affect sleep. 

Change your schedule, change your life book coverChange Your Schedule, Change Your Life by Dr. Suhas Kshirsaga

Ever doubted whether your circadian rhythms really affects your overall health? This book will make you think twice about the hectic and busy pace of your daily life. It also provides a holistic 30-day plan to adjust your daily schedule (from your late-night snacking to your morning workout routine) for enhanced wellness.  

Sleepy head book coverSleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest by Henry Nicholls

Using his own experience with chronic narcolepsy, science writer Henry Nicholls delves into the curious and still widely unexamined world of sleep disorders. The book offers anecdotes from others who suffer from sleep conditions and explores the truth of how and why our sleeping habits shift with age.

Why We Can't Sleep book coverWhy We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun

Determined to find answers as to why she felt so unsatisfied with her life (and why so many similarly aged women in her life felt the same way), Calhoun started analyzing data and quickly found a pattern. In Why We Can’t Sleep, Calhoun delves into the social and cultural generational issues plaguing women as they enter middle age. She also offers pragmatic advice on how to find support and move forward.

The Little book of sleep book coverThe Little Book of Sleep: The Art Of Natural Sleep by Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

Achieve a deeper, natural sleep state with this illustrated guide from sleep expert Dr. Nerina Ramlakha. The book offers helpful tips along with yoga, Ayurveda, and body-awareness techniques that will help you get out of your head and back into your body before bed.  

The Sleep Solution book coverThe Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter

As a neurologist and sleep expert of over two decades, W. Chris Winter believes that the best way to fix your sleep issues is to identify and understand them. Drawing on his expertise in the field, Winter shares research and time-tested techniques to help readers achieve healthy sleep, as well as find out-of-the-box ways to treat a multitude of conditions, from sleep apnea to insomnia. 

The Sleep Revolution book coverThe Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

In The Sleep Revolution, The Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington explores society’s sleep deprivation crisis and the way in which it impacts our health, careers, and overall happiness. The book also offers recommendations from leading scientists on how to harness the incredible power of sleep.

The Book of Sleep book coverThe Book of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia by Dr. Nicole Moshfegh 

Based on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, this book outlines dozens of methods and strategies to help people who suffer from insomnia. It also provides a daily log for users to track the quantity and quality of their sleep and identify any overarching sleep patterns.  

The Nocturnal Brain book coverThe Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Dr. Guy Leschziner

Renowned neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner examines the biological and psychological factors behind a range of sleep conditions, inspired by the true stories of his patients. By taking a compassionate look at their cases of insomnia, sleep apnea, and more, Dr. Leschnizer also showcases the neuroscience behind sleep and its impact on our physical and mental health.  

Dreamland book coverDreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall

Journalist David K. Randall never thought much about sleep—until he injured himself while sleepwalking one night. The incident prompted him to launch an investigation into the bizarre science of sleep. This book explores what goes on during those dark hours of the night and why, proving that sleep isn’t as simple as it may seem.