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Sleep Smarter

21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
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When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way. Through better sleep and optimized nutrition, Stevenson not only healed his body but also achieved fitness and business goals he never thought possible.

In Sleep Smarter, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you'll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.

Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Shawn Stevenson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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No good for insomina

I'm sure the book is good for people who have no idea on these things, but for people suffering from even mild insomina will have tried almost everything in the book already.

I found the chapters on basic topics to drag out. The book boils down to:

Eat right, set temp, don't use blue light before bed, have sex, meditate, get some sun. With a lot of 'independent' bro science, research and reports from others.

Just my opinion but no good if you actually suffer when trying to get to sleep. Very elitist.

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Useful but could be condensed

I found the tips in the book useful but I ended up only listening to the first few minutes of each chapter towards the end as it waffled on alot.

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SLEEPING SMARTER IS IMPORTANT

However I Cannot listen to this voice.

There really should be choice of voice.

This was my first Audible book; and it really put me off. I like the concept; but please make it a pleasure to listen to not a pain.

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Some good tips but mostly unfounded pseudoscience

Gives one obscure reference then spouts off pseudo scientific opinions presented as fact. Be very skeptical of anything he says. He does give some useful tips but you can find these elsewhere from more reliable sources.

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Having had a non-productive day yet

Honestly, one of the best books you can read to help your life. Although some things were already known (e.g. stay away from cafeine), understanding why has been really useful and helps change habits. Some - 90 minute sleep pattern planning - has been shattering. I only started applying this and doing at least 10 minutes exercise as soon as i wake up- and havent had an unproductive day yet. It's only my second week yet and you need to to tailor the advice to yourself, e.g. i fall asleep easy, but wake up in the middle of the night a lot - but the results have been crazy. I had 4.5 hour sleep (due to alcohol which he says one should avoid), 7.5 sleeps, 6 hour sleeps and another few of 7.5 hours - not a single day was fatigued or hard. Will be exploring some other things too - like grounding, which intuitively was so good, but had no idea it is actually scientifically proven.

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Must read for the sleep deprived

I really enjoyed this book. Very informative, lots of relevant content, well researched. Great narration.

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Essential for everyone who wants to feel better

Sensational book, relèvent information, make sure you download the pdf and follow along , if you follow what is recommended the results are as promised

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paying for an ad

content: about a third of the book had sound sleep guides. the other third was complete garbage. the last third seemed to be advertising for other products trying to get you to buy stuff.

The author seems to want to talk about a wide range of things broadly and poorly. he also uses anecdotes rather than backing up claims with facts and peppers it all with really poor jokes.

2 stars for some of okay stuff scattered amongst all the garbage

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Great book

I find this book to be packed with so many great ideas supported by research evidence, that would not only enhance one's sleep quality, but overall health in general. I highly recommended it.

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Decent but theres better value out there

The book gives a number of decent strategies to improve sleep but could have gotten to the point faster and you could probably get the same information in a blog post. Some of the sources from alternative/complementary medicine journals was disappointing and seemed pseudoscientific.

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  • Brian A. Shenk
  • 05-12-2016

Some parts good, but be careful

There was some great content in here, but it was surrounded by far too much pseudoscience and throwing around individual studies' results as "truth." You know it's not trustworthy when you keep hearing things being thrown around as fact, such as with the word "causes," rather than "correlates with."

The author was really easy to listen to, however. The only other thing I got tired of is how often he said to check out more info in the bonus resource guide. I bet there's more in that "bonus" guide than this whole book (for better or worse)

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  • E. Anderson
  • 26-02-2017

Some good suggestions, but very biased strategies

This book had some decent ideas, many of them not new. Things like go to bed and wake up and the same time every day. Stop being a night owl; going to bed early and rising early. Get actual daylight for 30 minutes around 10. Prime sleep time is from 10pm to 2am. Get 7-8 hours of sleep daily, Keep your room dark and free of television. Don't use your smartphone or other computing devices within a couple hours of sleep due to the blue light messing with your melatonin levels. Don't drink caffeine after 2pm. Use Magnesium spray just before bed. Exercise and eat healthy.

A lot of the author's suggestions really showed his bias and in many cases were totally unrealistic and in one case offensive. While the author acknowledges the fact that people work odd hours for their jobs he advocates that they quite and find different ones. Makes me wonder if he would promote that when he needs the police and medical people in the early am. The author plainly indicates that people who have sleep apnea suffer from it solely because they are overweight and comments that their love life will not exist because the C-Pap device they where makes them look like a villain from one of the Batman movies. I know several people who are very thin and fit and still have sleep apnea. The author also promotes a lot of devices, supplements, and therapies (like massage a couple of times a week); all of which are very expensive. He promotes the Intelligel beds which are also extremely expensive.

In short the author, who was absolutely horrible as a narrator, provides a few suggestions that are commonly known, Recommends a bunch of expensive stuff, and sites some studies (who can't find A (singular) study to support their theory these days) and states that anyone who isn't following his life style, basically a 9-5 job that pays really good money to afford all the stuff he wants you to buy, including organic foods and grass feed type meats, needs to completely quit what they're doing and change. This isn't a book I could recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2017

Mostly Hype and Sales

There is quite a bit that I am taking from this book. One thing is that I need to do more research because there is a good deal in here that is fairly bogus and unthought through. Suggesting that people dim the lights in their house is actually dangerous. Most homes have too little light to be safe. And lighting candles is not going to help. He also cites some pretty questionable practices such as earthing, which has been significantly debunked by real science. There is lots of bonus material, all aimed at selling you something. I hate the format but I have take a few things from this book that I am using an that are helping me achieve better sleep.

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  • amy
  • 27-08-2016

What I needed to create a great morning and bed time routine

I loved the authors voice and learned a lot about sleep and why people say it's more important to workout in the morning than in the evening. I applied this book to my life and I feel amazing. I want to thank the author. I'm very grateful that I found this book.

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  • ashley
  • 01-12-2016

Enlightening

I honestly assumed I knew everything he was going to say, because I am a big advocate of sleep already, but there were still many aha moments that will for sure improve my life. Already I am sleeping better than I have in a loooooong time. So worth the read from start to finish.

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  • C. Simpson
  • 03-01-2017

Mostly good info

Most of the information in this book seems good, and matches my understanding from a wide variety of other sources. Unfortunately the author includes references to junk pseudo-science about "grounding", and very inaccurate / misleading information about the effects and amelioration of EMF ... those sections can safely be ignored. Still, the inclusion of such poorly researched material leaves me doubting the accuracy of the other sections. Cross referencing with other trustworthy sources is highly recommended.

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  • Dr. Anthony G. Jay
  • 24-06-2017

Best Book on Sleep I've Ever Read

Would you listen to Sleep Smarter again? Why?

I took copious notes. I'll be reusing the information from this book for years to come. Read the book, you'all.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a scientist, aka I'm picky about health books and depth of information. This book, I loved. It simplified the science but really contained heavyweight information about cortisol, omega 3's, lighting and hormones, temperature, and so much more.

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  • Ron
  • 17-04-2017

Some sound advice, pseuodoscience & self promotion

What would have made Sleep Smarter better?

Sleep Smarter is a blend of sound, science based advice, pseudo-science, and frequent self promotion. Much of the sound, science based advice can be found elsewhere. Much of the pseudo-science can be found on websites that promote dubious cures and make dubious claims. The blend reminds me of what I've heard of Dr. Oz.

Two examples that stick out are how magnesium is best absorbed through a magnesium oil spray (and he recommends a specific one in his "bonus" material) and how ***RADIATION*** (you can hear the all caps and emphasis in the audio) from your cell phone will affect your sleep and cause cancer so you should keep the phone in another room. Keeping the phone in another room is a good idea, but not because of ***RADIATION***.

What was most disappointing about Shawn Stevenson and Sara Gottfried MD - foreword ’s story?

The frequency of self promotion "the number one health podcast" got old. I got the feeling that the pseudo-science was sometimes the result of product placement compensation.

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  • Tracy
  • 10-04-2017

I've begun to Sleep Smarter

I really enjoyed this book - it is really encouraging to see that there are simple changes I can make to improve my sleep. It is a pretty easy listen, with some clear advice. Stevenson suggests lifestyle changes (don't eat before bed, don't drink, etc...), talks about types of pillows and mattresses and sleeping positions, earthing (I DO believe in earthing, and actually, at this rate, I will try anything :) , and much more.

After another night of insomnia (ironically, during which I was listening to this book), I got started cleaning at 5 a.m. and then out a 7 a.m. to buy plants to turn my room into a "sleep sanctuary"!

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 12-02-2018

This will help you sleep better

The book is structured logically with one key point in each chapter supported by research and studies and followed by tips. Some tips are simple and obvious (if you have a big engagement on a certain day, schedule your calendar so you're getting enough sleep for at least several days before the engagement). Another obvious tip but hard to implement is not to use your devices or watch TV an hour before your bedtime. The blue light from the monitors and addictive apps will make you alert and lessen your quality of sleep. Even if you're sleeping for 7-8 hours, you will not be getting the REM and deep sleep that your body needs (which is why you wake up drowsy). Another good tip is to meditate, especially if you have inner chatter running in your head at night. A surprising tip is to get more sunlight, particularly from 6 am to 8:30 am, to wake up your body and regulate your circadian rhythm. There are also tips contrary to what many people believe. Don't exercise before bedtime. It raises your body's core temperature and makes it harder to fall asleep (despite feeling physically tired). With so many tips provided, you can implement a few at a time and evaluate how it affects the quality of your sleep.

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  • Elizabeth Lawlor
  • 22-11-2016

Love this guy. Massive Value.

My husband has serious sleep problems which has had significant knock on effects with his overall health. I instinctively knew that pills were not treating the issue and would likely just add to his troubles, so i went searching for better answers. I found so much more than I had even hoped for in this book. The content and research behind it goes so far beyond what I expected of the topic. He gives actionable tips as well as an in depth education on how everything in our body works together. I took away so many nuggets even for myself (I thought I had this sleeping thing down- I was wrong). I'm now a serial listener to his podcast, The Model Health Show, and know I can turn on any episode and I'll learn something new. Couldn't recommend this book enough. Thank you Shawn for the work you do. You're not just inspiring change in me and my family, you're providing the road map and the tools.

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  • Milana
  • 13-01-2018

Eye opening

Where does Sleep Smarter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleep Smarter?

Finding out I need to move in order to absorb nutrients from food

Have you listened to any of Shawn Stevenson and Sara Gottfried ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

nope

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

eliminate tech, go back to nature

Any additional comments?

Seriously eye opening, also one listening is not enough, this book is like a handbook and is maybe better suited to either be just a paper book or come with a set of premade NOTES because there is too much information that is not repeated thus too hard to memorize.

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  • Acuvie
  • 22-08-2018

Great book

An easy and interesting listen.

Lots of helpful is and strategies to help get the body in better shape to sleep well.

Much broader view than CBT for Insomnia.

Only criticism is that statements and assertions are not clearly referenced in the main text. Furthermore, in the reference list, many opinion pieces rather than journal articles have been listed.

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  • DaveDready
  • 10-04-2018

Some great tips to help you get your sleep in orde

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they were having sleep issues

What other book might you compare Sleep Smarter to, and why?

None I can think of

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The action steps at the end of each chapter

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not exactly

Any additional comments?

The only annoying part for me was the constant reminder to check out the website. That was too much.

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  • Veryconfused
  • 08-11-2016

Contradictory and full of bro science

I hardly think a house plant will significantly alter the oxygen to carbon dioxide ratio in the bed room. If that was your goal then asking your carbon dioxide producing partner to sleep in a separate room would have much greater impact. Thinking of something exciting before going to sleep to help you get out of bed in the morning seems contradictory. I remember being a child on Christmas eve, being excited about the next day certainly helps you to get up early with enthusiasm but hinders falling to sleep. There are much better books based on real science written by people clinically researching the subject which I found more informative.

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  • Steve B
  • 08-12-2016

Practical, powerful and simple

Really useful tips to help you sleep for anyone with any kind of lifestyle. Already thinking of who to give it to for Christmas!

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  • Glen Schneider
  • 04-08-2019

sleepsmarterbook.com/bonus

This is basically a very long advert to go to the website for the book and download their preferred buyers list of products. You also have to sign up which is very irritating. I hate giving my email over just to receive some spam.

The content of the book is actually very good just the endless plugging of the website does you in, by the end of the book the only thing you remember is the web address! -5 stars for shameless marketing.

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  • Mark
  • 19-10-2017

Straight forward easy to apply techniques and enjoyable to listen to!

This audiobook lays out techniques for getting better sleep in a really easy to understand way and explains the reasons for the methods at each step. I have applied a lot of what I have learned from the book and have been sleeping so much better and feeling amazing in the day because of it! The book is also really funny and the jokes throughout add an extra layer of enjoyment to the read, recommend this to anyone and everyone!

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  • GARY MCINTOSH
  • 19-07-2017

Superb guide

The complete and concise guide to attaining the perfect night's sleep. All broken down into easy actions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2017

My favourite audio book. 10/10

Definately recommend for anyone struggling with any sort of health problems. This book is brilliant!

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