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Sleeping with David Baddiel

Length: 3 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Scientists have discovered one simple trick which will make you live longer, reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's, and make you slimmer, happier, and more attractive.

It’s not a magic pill or ointment- and it won’t cost you anything. The secret? Harnessing the incredible power of sleep.

Over six episodes, a world expert on sleep will act as a guru to an insomniac comedian, transforming their nocturnal habits and showing how you can do the same. In our hectic modern lives, sleep can often feel like a luxury - studies have found that 52% of Britons struggle to sleep, while around 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. However, our sleep guru and their celebrity apprentice will reveal that everything we thought we knew about sleep was wrong, and teach us how to capitalize on one of the most often neglected resources for transforming our lives.

Over the course of a journey to improve the star’s sleep quality, they will demystify the science behind how and why we sleep so that we can use it to make concrete improvements to our health, wellbeing, and productivity.

A TBI Media production for Audible Originals.

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Could have been better

Rather than being about sleep in general it was skewed far too much towards the presenters personal problems with insomnia. General issues with sleep like "Is a night sleep plus a siesta better than one longer sleep at night." were not covered at all.

The audible series on In the Habit, It takes Gets, Get Happy and Calm World were more informative, organised and informative in a shorter space of time.

It was a rambling mash up of random thought bubbles about insomnia not a podcast about sleep in general. If insomnia is your problem then go for it.

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  • DDD
  • 06-05-2020

Jumbled

The order the parts of this podcast outline my feelings after listening to this podcast 5,3,2,4,1,6. I feel a number of great ideas were outlined, however after a large amount of "flip flopping" backwards and forwards on the topics. I came out without a definite impression of whether any of the topics were good for sleep or bad for sleep. On a positive note, this podcast inspired me to read more about this topic and I have now started reading Why we sleep by Matthew Walker.

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Could be better

The info was great and I get that the host is a comedian and has insomnia but it was far too self indulgent for me and became quite irritating.

His own cynicism and neuroses was prioritised over valuable info from the experts and he spoke over them in parts.
It felt as though he was self conscious, or not supported or structured enough.

If you like this audiobook, Dr Michael Mosley pulls it off a little better in his book about sleep.

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Fascinating and well-produced podcast

Loved the information presented and the narrators were great. Very informative and well-performed. They covered a broad range of sleep science.

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very informative

if nothing else this series emphasizes the major importance of sleep. Was worth listening to.

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brilliant

this was incredibly interesting , I loved the narration, no stilted conversations.
Overall, I just loved it, interesting facts, informative and humorous
well done bravo

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Meh

I wanted to like this book so much, going through an intractable period of insomnia after my Beautiful 15 year old’s sudden and traumatic death.

I just found it kind of jumpy, a bit random, maybe a bit weirdly thought out?, learned some interesting sleep facts but not much practical to help me with my current predicament beyond the standard ‘make your bedroom for sleeping only, no electronic devices, melatonin’ etc. Also not really relaxing except for the start of each chapter where David is whispering into his mic, unable to sleep.

Was glad when it was over so I could look somewhere else. Sorry David. Just not for me.

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interesting listen

enjoyed the whole series, the only downside was when David seemed to half assedly try the experts techniques and then somewhat dismiss them. at least that was my impression. it was great to have various sleep experts giving their opinions and evidence along the journey.

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Interesting for insomniacs - others need not apply

It's interesting stuff, but the host continually brings it back to his insomnia and the struggle with that medical condition.

If you're a regular person who is looking at getting better sleep and learning about sleep, then be prepared to sift that out from continuous discussion of insomnia.

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A great listen except for the outcome.

I thought the presentation of this program to be quite well done. However, most of the experts recommendations he failed to carry through with. It would have been more (or less) inspiring if he had continued and either seen results or given the tasks a comparable amount of time to discount them.
I like that he stated this problem towards the end but would recommend he has another good go and maybe does a sequel episode.

Overall I think it's worth a listen for those with someone in their life suffering from sleep problems but take it with a grain of salt.

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  • 25-01-2020

Self indulgent dismissive of evidence

Me, me,poor me!

David wallows in the attention from sleep experts but then fails to take the only real advice that has an evidence base to it.

In part3 we a meet CBTI therapist who does a great job of explaining the approach and it’s benefits but is spoken over with some unnecessary mansplaining by the doctor. This gives the impression whether intended or not that David was not interested in hearing her “yadiyadiya” which is borne out at the beginning of chapter 4 when he tells us that he didn’t bother following her advice. In the final episode the doc is full of tea and sympathy for poor David and his lifestyle though both admit that if he could find it within his poor weak self CBTI would be worth another go. Typifies the quick fix generation who’d rather take a pill than diet, spend a fortune on gadgets to get a six pack than exercise or spend £600 on a sleep robot than follow some sound advice to readjust a sleep pattern. Then moan and complain that nothing really works and it’s just part of the poor helpless creature I am.

Bullshit

When you finally ‘wake up’ to that fact and put a bit of effort in you might actually get some results

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  • Trevor
  • 22-01-2020

Ironically a good solution for insomnia

Managed to listen to first 2 and half episodes but can't bear to hear any more, it's really quite dull.
It comes across as a set of personal therapy sessions for David Badiel instead of what could have been a more objective investigation and experiences from others.

There are specialists injecting their expertise but they often get talked over or interrupted as David jumps in and enlightens his own experiences once again.

At one point, a female specialist was explaining a technique called CBTI but halfway through, they edited another specialist taking over her which I thought pretty rude.

Overall, the voices were quiet and there was ambient music throughout and coupled with the banal conversations is probably a good way to drift off.

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  • Wrinkleybozo
  • 04-02-2020

Far too much David Baddiel

The most positive way of getting to sleep is to count how many times Mr Baddiel says he is an insomniac, it has the same effect as counting sheep. Would like to have heard a lot more about CBTI other than the reasons why it wouldn't/couldn't work for him, as we are not all Stand up Comedians/writers/actors it would have been interesting to hear a less biased account of the procedure. As with any behavioural issues we have to want to change, I got the impression that David Baddiel prefers to carry on claiming to all and sundry that he is an insomniac.

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  • Melmo
  • 19-01-2020

Helps me sleep!

This is listening to someone who has issues with sleep discussing it with professionals, which I am finding genuinely interesting. However I have to listen to each episode several times because I listen in bed, and it’s quite relaxing to listen to so I always fall asleep, miss it all and have to catch up in the morning! So it is helping me sleep, just maybe not in the way it intended!

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  • Laura kelsey
  • 26-01-2020

Really annoying music,

Like a shopping trip to house of frazer half asleep with David badiel rattling on in your ears...

Why the department store music?

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  • Mrs Alyson West
  • 28-01-2020

disappointed

great idea but it's a shame David wasn't in a position to throw himself into the recommended treatments. I'd hoped for greater success for him or more info relevent for others with solvable issues. shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2020

Annoying background music

So irritated by unneccesary and very distracting music behind doctor's voice I had to switch off!

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  • Denisa Bernardová
  • 17-02-2020

Learned more about David than sleep

I mean, it is true to what the title says, sleeping with David rather than actually learnings something about sleep.
The music and effects are very distracting, especially because cuts are almost every 30 seconds.
Very dismissive of real evidence and advice. I didn't even finish.

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  • Sean
  • 11-01-2020

Having

suffered from some of the sleep conditions mentioned from restless legs which I'm on meds for through anxiety, depression and nightmares and PTSD, I found this podcast really interestin', will listen again for sure.

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  • Ellie1601
  • 01-02-2020

Brilliant! Listened to it instead of sleeping 😊

I really liked the balance in this podcast, it was informative, funny, grounded and fascinating too. David - I’d love you to do more podcasts like this - you have the perfect voice! I’m a clinical psychotherapist, and research psychologist. I’ll be recommending this to anyone I work with that is struggling with sleep.

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