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11 Fantastic Sleep Books That Will Help You Get Better Shut-Eye

By - Last Updated: July 20th, 2019

Have you been struggling with your sleep lately and need help getting your life back on track?

Or maybe you or a loved one were recently diagnosed with a sleep disorder and want more information.

Perhaps you’re simply just interested in learning more about the science of sleep.

Luckily, there are thousands of books available that cover a range of topics related to sleep. To make it easier for you to find the perfect book, I’ve created a list of my top 11 favorite sleep books, written by science and medical experts in the field. Check them out below:

Books for Learning About Sleep

Why do humans spend so much time asleep? What does sleep actually do? How does it affect our health?

To find out the answers to these questions and more, I recommend the following books:

1. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

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The first book on my list is by Professor Matthew Walker, the director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.

I’ve been a big fan of Professor Walker for years. So when Walker released his 2017 book, Why We Sleep, I immediately picked up a copy.

Walker’s book covers topics ranging from the science of why sleep evolved, how sleep works, why we’re so prone to suffering sleep problems, and how getting good sleep enhances our life.

Not only Why We Sleep one of the best books on sleep I’ve read and it’s surprisingly funny too.

So if you’re looking for a genuinely entertaining book that covers a broad range of sleep topics, this one’s for you.

2. The Promise of Sleep by William C. Dement

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William Charles Dement is a long-time American sleep scientist and founder of the Sleep Research Center at Stanford University. After 50 years of research, Dement has a wealth of knowledge to share.

His book, The Promise of Sleep is jammed packed with content discussing the reason humans and animals alike spend so much time sleeping and what sleep does for our brain and body.

Dement’s credentials make this an unrivalled text in the story of sleep medicine that I’ll continue to recommend to everyone I know.

Books for Getting Better Sleep

For most people, poor sleep is caused by their own bad habits.

Thankfully, there’s a range of simple lifestyle changes you can make to immediately improve the quality of your sleep.

For advice on developing healthier sleep habits, check out the following books below:

3. Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Robert Rosenberg

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My Mom’s been suffering from poor sleep for years but didn’t want to rely on medication. Her doctor recommended she read Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Robert Rosenberg, a book dedicated to helping people improve their sleep through the development of a healthy sleep routine.

After following the book’s advice, my Mom’s sleep has improved dramatically and claims she’s sleeping longer and more soundly than she has in years.

This book will benefit people with sleep problems that are willing to commit to making basic changes to their lifestyle.

4. Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson 

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What I like about Shawn Stevenson’s book is that it’s a fun read. It’s chock-full of humour and pop-culture references that keep you engaged, while also offering straight forward advice on how to improve your sleep.

Being the Sleepy Scientist, I’m a big fan of evidence-based advice so I was thrilled to see that Stevenson included detailed scientific explanations to go along with each of his 21 tips.

5. The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter

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Even I can admit that most medical-themed books are pretty boring. This includes a lot of sleep books out there.

Thankfully, Dr Winter, an American sleep researcher and neurologist, has written a helpful book about improving your sleep that’s both educational and super fun to read.

I found The Sleep Solution to be quite funny and found myself chucking out loud several times while reading. It also includes quizzes, exercises, and interesting science tidbits that will keep you entertained for hours.

He also included a list of the “10 Sleep Commandments” which in my opinion, are some of the easiest tips to follow.

It’s certainly a book about sleep that won’t put you to sleep.

Books About Insomnia

Insomnia is a debilitating sleep disorder that can seriously impact on your health.

If you’ve been struggling with insomnia, it’s worth taking the time to educate yourself on the disorder so you can develop lifestyle changes that will help you cope.

6. Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs

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For decades doctors treated their patient’s insomnia with sedative drugs that have a ton of side effects and can’t be used long term.

Nowadays, people with insomnia are looking for drug-free solutions for their sleeplessness.

Say Good Night to Insomnia by Dr Gregg Jacobd, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at Harvard Medical School, is particularly good at explaining the cause of various types of insomnia and how they’re treated.

He includes a lot of helpful strategies for dealing with insomnia without drugs, including a six-week program that involves making small changes to improve your sleep

Books About Sleep Apnea and Sleep Breathing Disorders

Sleep apnea and other sleep-disordered breathing are the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder. Check out the following books for more information:

7. Sleep, Interrupted by Steven Y. Park

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It turns out that one of the most common reasons for sleep disruption is due to sleep-related breathing disorders, like sleep apnea.

But this isn’t simply a book about sleep apnea.

Dr Park, an ENT and surgeon, has written a detailed guide on all sleep-breathing breathing, which includes extensive science on why humans are so prone to the developing breathing difficulties in the first place.

What I enjoyed about Sleep, Interrupted compared to similar books is that Park goes into great detail about all the various secondary causes of sleep breathing disorders that most people (and sometimes doctors) don’t consider.

Sleep, Interrupted is an excellent book if you’re looking for more than just a sleep apnea guide and would like to explore the medical science behind sleep breathing disorders.

8. Hacking Sleep Apnea by Brady Nelson

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Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Do you want to learn more about the condition and how to manage the disorder?

Check out Hacking Sleep Apnea by Bradly Nelson, a respiratory therapist that specializes in sleep breathing disorders.

Hacking Sleep Apnea provides a straightforward overview of obstructive sleep apnea and the current treatment options available.

What I appreciate the most about this book is that it provides honest reviews on all of the current sleep apnea treatments available. This includes a big list of pros and cons for each option.

Hacking Sleep Apnea is, in my opinion, the best guide book about sleep apnea available today and I’d recommend it to anyone suffering from the disorder.

The Best Baby Sleep Books for Struggling Parents

There are a lot of books promising to help desperate parents get their baby sleeping soundly but many of these guides don’t take the science of child development into consideration.

My good friend Ella, a fellow scientist and new mother, highly recommends the following books that are based on scientifically factual evidence about infant sleep.

9. The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith 

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Most new parents struggle to adjust to their baby’s sleep patterns. This frustration can continue on through the toddler stage and beyond.

The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, a well-known parenting expert, provides extensive information on sleep in newborns all the way through the preschool years.

She explores a variety of topics including night awakenings in babies, bedwetting, nightmares, and refusal to go to sleep in young children.

This book is especially good at helping you set realistic sleep expectations for both yourself and your child. It also has tons of science-backed strategies to gently change your child’s sleep habits.

If you’re looking for a book that offers realistic sleep solutions for your child then The Gentle Sleep Book is for you.

10. Sleeping Like a Baby by Pinky McKay

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Another book that came highly recommended by my friend is Sleeping Like a Baby by Pinky Mckay. McKay is a well-known parenting consultant and breastfeeding expert.

Sleeping Like a Baby takes a more holistic approach to infant sleep. It does an excellent job at helping parents understand that every baby is different and a ‘one size fits all routine’ isn’t always the best solution for your baby.

I recommend this book for parents that want to take a natural, stress-free, approach to their child’s sleep.

Sleep Books for Teenagers

Changing hormones and daily stressors have a large impact on teens ability to sleep. If your teen is struggling to get the sleep they need, I recommend reading the following book:

11. The Insomnia Workbook for Teens by Michael A Tompkins

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Sleep loss in teenagers is becoming a worldwide epidemic.

Thankfully, Michael A Tompkins Ph.D, ABPP, a clinical psychologist at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy has written a fantastic guide for teenagers to manage their own insomnia.

His book, The Insomnia Workbook for Teens, provides teenagers with simple information and scientifically-based solutions to their sleep problems.

The workbook allows teens to take control of their own sleep by helping them identify poor habits that influence their sleep.