A BEDTIME STORY

This is your wake-up call… The Sleep Council has found that 70% of Brits get less than seven hours sleep a night. This will obviously not come as a shock to many of you, however the consequences of getting less than 8 hours sleep will. So now, listen up and take your bedtime seriously!

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The damage upon the sleep-deprived nation wrought by the lack of zzz’s we are receiving is alarming. Only a few hours snoozing has been found to lead to high blood pressure, weight gain, stress and ultimately an unhappy life.

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For years we have seen studies drone on about the importance of sleep, however we are at the crucial point in our digital-crazed lives that we need to sit up (or lie down) and take note.

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We are all spending hours with an eye on a glaring laptop screen and the other eye on our buzzing phones. Thus, trying to achieve the full (and slightly unrealistic) 8 hours sleep has become almost impossible with our brains constantly being stimulated.

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What is clear is that now is the time for us to ditch the gadgets!

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Not so long-ago sleep was a relatively elusive requirement, however a new study by Professor Matthew Walker has outlined the benefits of sleep. From losing weight to preventing Alzheimer’s the advantages are seemingly endless. We need our forty-winks – to be happier, healthier and cleverer. What is apparent is that reading is the key to getting a good night sleep.

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When we were young the bedtime story used to be that joyous point of the evening. We looked forward to drifting off into some fictitious fantasy land. Why has it now stopped?

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Why is it that we now turn to the fateful screen of our phones instead of peering into the pages of an excellent book? Why do we now look to that last email? Send that last-minute text? Why don’t we look to that friend on our bedside table?

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The friend that has been sitting there for months. The one you look at and feel ashamed as they have sat there peacefully, patiently and knowingly whilst you have gazed over towards that charging vessel of LED blue light.

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So here is your alarm (no don’t put it on snooze!). It is time we ditched our gadgets and turned to that faithful friend on the bedside table; the book. Reading has been proven to be the ultimate source of relaxation. Books can help to shed your daily stresses and strains by delving deep into a good old-fashioned story.

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So, shut that laptop, put away the phone and open up a book. Stuck for choice? How about looking at our selection of bed time reads for that much-needed doze.

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Novels for napping, stories for snoozing, literary for lulling, forty pages for forty-winks, books for bedtime…

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SLEEP by Kat Duff

Kat Duff draws on a blend of science and creative narrative to form this insightful and ingenious study on sleep. Using her own life experiences, she confronts the problematic matter of our unhealthy modern day sleeping patterns.


SLEEPYHEAD’S BEDSIDE COMPANION by Sean Coughlan

Coughlan’s aptly named book responds to a great and recent interest in sleep. It tackles the mystery requirement that accounts for almost a third of a human’s lifespan. This playful and amusing book is filled with short and digestible pieces about sleep.

NIGHT SCHOOL: WAKE UP TO THE POWER OF SLEEP by Richard Wiseman

Wiseman’s scientific voice in his informative book details the true force of sleep. This book teaches its reader to solve problems and learn information all whilst sleeping! Don’t believe us? Take yourself off to Night School to understand the power that be sleep.

SLEEP REVOLUTION by Arianna Huffington

This book really is the rallying cry to all you sleep-deprived individuals. Huffington’s revolutionary call to readers sounds at a point where we are deep in a sleep crisis. This book argues, shrewdly, that we need to readdress our relationship with sleep and to regain control of our lives. Where do we sign up?

SLEEP. THE MYTH OF EIGHT HOURS by Nick Littlehales

A sporty type? This innovative and unique book is for you then. Littlehales is the leading sleep coach for elite sporting stars and teams. He teaches how, in true sporting manner, to strategise your sleep pattern to enable you to achieve your best performance. This book communicates a new and practical approach to getting forty-winks.

SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE by Erling Kagge

Finding silence in our busy, noisy lives may seem like a huge task, but with Kagge’s inspiring little book it seems like it is the anecdote to our digital-crazed lives. The Norweigan explorer shows the reader how it is possible to achieve peace and quiet. This little beacon of knowledge could be the key to finding true happiness.

SLEEP BETTER : SCIENCE AND THE MYTHS by Graham Law

Law is the go to guide for debunking any myths about sleep. He tackles any fallacies head on with fresh and enlightening science. Science has been particularly progressive in the area of sleep over the last decade and this book honours the work that has gone into it.

WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker

Walker, a true sleep expert explores the last 20 years of cutting-edge science. He argues that sleep is vital to lead a healthy, happy and successful life. This book has really been the game changer in the literary of sleep as Walker truly gets to the real crux of the matter – why do we sleep?

EVERYMAN’s LIBRARY BEDTIME STORIES by Diana Secker Tesdell

A collection of short stories to help you to drift off into a deep and satisfying slumber. With help from authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, H. G. Wells, Vladimir Nabokov and Angela Carter you too can doze off into a land of fantastical dreams.

 

By Imogen Bovill