Welcome to the 2nd meeting of the Healthy Blogger Book Club!!! (See the notes from the first meeting here).
Today’s book is on such an important health topic: sleep. The book we’re discussing is called Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson. My co-host Stephanie selected this book, and I’m so happy she did because it is really, really interesting:
I didn’t know who the author was before reading the book, and it turns out he’s a big-timer in the health podcasting world (don’t know how this one slipped by my radar???).
Anyway, going back to sleep, there is so much evidence that it has a direct impact on health. I feel like we all know that, I mean it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between feeling rested and sleep-deprived. The real question is what the heck to do about it?
I almost can’t remember a time when sleep came easily to me. In fact, I just discovered my high school journals, and I was surprised how many times I wrote about how tired I was. Thinking back on it, though, I had the type-A personality going big time back then, over-stressing about everything and not practicing good sleep habits (or life habits, for that matter) at all.
Fast forward a few years after that, and I clearly remember feeling surprised that once I found a full-time job and was over-working in a different way, that I would come home, collapse, and sleep like a baby. The point is: it’s unnatural to have to be completely exhausted to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep Smarter has the info on how to get great sleep every night naturally and in line with our evolution.
I really love how this book is presented in 21 chapters, each a strategy for “hacking” sleep. Some of the most interesting chapters for me were: “Get More Sunlight During the Day,” “Fix Your Gut to Fix Your Sleep,” “Calm Your Inner Chatter,” and “Use Smart Supplementation.”
I have been using some of the strategies in Shawn’s book for awhile, such as making sure my bedroom is completely dark at night, and my sleep has improved tremendously over the last couple of years. So, this book was more of a reinforcement than a starter guide for me, but still well-researched and well-presented.
In short, I liked this book! I think it’s great how many people are talking about natural treatments that work in the modern world.
To participate in this virtual discussion, I’d like to direct you over to my co-host’s blog. That’s where the main conversation is happening and where you can also link up your review if you’re a blogger.
After that, let’s all go take a nap!
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