The Sleep Revolution: A Book Review

Would you like more brain power, more energy, better coordination, and a happier life? How about practicing the best preventative habit to avoid dementia in old age? Find out the how and the why of getting real restorative sleep in Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. It’s empowering. A huge number of us could make a difference in our own or someone else’s life by more fully understanding the importance of natural sleep. Everything we do and be from when we were tiny infants throughout the adventures of the rest of our lives are impacted by whether we are getting an adequate amount of renewing sleep. 

I’ll give you an example.“Sleeping Together” is the title of Chapter 8. This is where I learned about The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin and Irina Maununen (illustrator). This book, originally self published in Sweden, has been a best seller on Amazon. Carl-Johan makes brilliant use of the techniques of repetition and suggestion to assist in sending many a child off to dreamland. 

Children and Adults can fall asleep listening to this book.

I found this book about a rabbit less than exciting but truly sleep inducing.

It works for adults too, if one is willing to be childlike and listen to a children’s book. I see this book is similar to other guided relaxations or meditations intended to put grown-ups to sleep. It is similar to audios I’ve played to fall asleep. Be sure, I’ll be downloading this on Audible and listening to it the next time I wake up a couple hours early and feel the need for some guidance to get back to sleep!

 

The set of thirty meditations for sleep at HeadSpace.com also makes her list. It’s Andy Puddicombe, former Buddhist monk and founder of headspace.com, that at last got me to finally fall in love with meditation! I used a free trail at HeadSpace.com. Then I joined, almost a year ago, and I use one of the many collections almost daily. 

Headspace is one of my favorite way to keep my meditation practice growing.

Mindfulness meditators sleep better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book has four appendix chuck full of resources. In appendix “B” she mentions Deep Calm  a collection of classical music selected by Dr. Andrew Weil and sound researcher Dr. Joshua Leeds. This will be perfect for me since I can’t stand the seemingly popular moog synthesizer music for relaxation. 

The other appendix are very worthwhile also. Appendix “C” has some great recommendations for hotels. She gives a few details of how they are paying attention to their customers getting a good night’s sleep. Read this section and find out which hotel in Hawaii has a turn down service for children complete with Hawaiian stories!

I’ll sum it up, simply. Sleep is important. Get plenty regularly and do what you can to improve your habits as well as cultural attitudes about sleep. This book is chuck full of research with references, stories, inspiration and resources.

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