It is a fact well known that we need seven to nine hours of sleep per night to function properly, though this may be difficult to achieve in a busy work week!  So what rituals do we need to do to help achieve a good few hours of shut eye?

Some of us like to make sure our bedroom is all about sleep, from a comfortable mattress to the pillows and bedding. Others like the bedroom to be dark, and almost cave like, while some like cool tones and lots of natural light. But how do we wind down after a busy day? Is it about deep breathing, and relaxing exercises as part of our pre-slumber getting the mind ready for sleep?

What we at Ultimate Library really find is essential, is shutting down from technology for a couple of hours and lose ourselves in a good book! After all, did you know the blue light from screens is disrupting to our circadian rhythm, and affects our ability to sleep?


So power down those electronic devices, and in this ‘National Sleep Awareness Week’ we thought we’d share some of our favourite bedtime reads to help you drift off to the land of nod.


Bedtime Stories

By Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics

If you are a fan of twisted tales you will love this anthology of short stories. Full of fables and fantastical legends, they provide the reader with surreal night visions, ghoulish creatures and fairy tales. Not a book for the faint of hearted and prone to night terrors!

The Traveller’s Daybook: A Tour of the World in 366 Quotations 

By Fergus Fleming

A day-by-day anthology of travel writing, crossing oceans, deserts and mountains in the company of some of the world’s greatest explorers, wonderers and writers. Each extract is accompanied by a brief commentary that introduces the writer and establishes the context of the excerpt. Covering the whole calendar, including leap years, these 366 journeys are by turn lyrical, witty, tragic and bizarre – but always entertaining.

To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World

By Simon Garfield 

To the Letter tells the story of our remarkable journey through the mail. From Roman wood chips discovered near Hadrian’s Wall to the wonders and terrors of email, Simon Garfield explores how we have written to each other over the centuries and what our letters reveal about our lives.




The Secret Life of Sleep

By Kat Duff

Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps… and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind 

by Nick Littlehales