One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep.
In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies for us all to use. Discover how to map your own sleep cycle, what the optimum room temperature is, which bedding is best and why napping is actually good for you.
Listen to Sleep, learn from the best in sport, and kick-start a more confident, successful and happier you.
©2016 Nick Littlehales (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.
Print edition necessary to look up references.
Not really. Although there is the odd nugget of useful information, it is mostly an ego trip for the author. Most of the recommendations are intrusive and impractical. The superking bed as recommended is really the equivalent of two single beds put together. Good luck with finding not only the room, also the bed coverings. Most of us do not have an army of globe trotting minions to follow our sleeping needs.
I have little patience to read such a "manual ".
This must be self published as an index is not provided.
I would definitely recommend the content but do yourself a big favour and buy the physical book rather than the audio version
Each chapter was well summarised with clear bullet points
The narrator can add a huge amount to the enjoyment of the book and equally can significantly detract from it. I think it was a major error for the author to do his own narration. It is a painfully difficult listen and I could only really tackle it in 30-45minute chunks. Such a shame .....
Buy the book, buy the book, buy the book it'll be much easier to digest the content than being distracted by the narration
I thought the content was really useful. Like many of these books, the info isn't entirely new and can be researched online, but it does bring it all together well.
The narration was rubbish though. Personality-less. It was as if he hadn't written it! He seemed to be reading as if he had no idea where the sentence was going. Penultimate commas and colons were all treated as full stops, which got really rather irritating after a while. Asides and light-hearted remarks were read in the same cadence and tone as every other sentence. Bonus: the book itself serves as a great sleep aid.
Bottom line: I'd recommend the book and use the advice throughout my life, but I wouldn't recommend the audio version.
I work 12 hour shifts 4 days a week, and I train for marathons and triathlons the rest of the time. This book has taught me that I need 9 hours of sleep, and it's taught me how to deal with it when I wake up unexpectedly, and it's taught me how to get my 9 hours. I feel much better in work and outside of work. It's a bit long winded but stick with it it will help
I enjoyed this book and found it helpful. The narration wasn't the best (some odd pacing and phrasing at times) but it wasn't so bad as to ruin the book. well worth a read.
Nick Littlehales conveys lucidly the importance of sleep in our steps to recovery. It is radical some of the things he proposes, however, much of it is common sense with the baking of evidence.
Ideas such as thinking in terms of 90 mins sleep cycles (not the hours of sleep obtained) and that recovery is a 24 hour process convey the flexibility of his R90 approach. I commend this to all people of various different lifestyles and particularly for those who are in busy work roles in urban areas. I do feel this book has much to help all people but I feel it is part icularly suited to the busy professional looking to make the most of scant free opportunities for recovery and recharge.
"Some good tips, but descends into nonsense"
There are some tips on here that will make a difference instantly. My sleep has hugely improved with the basic and common sense approach.
However, once you get past that, the book just feels like filler and a sales ad for Nick's special bed. The emphasis on sport is also a little grating and sometimes the name dropping is pointless.
Most importantly though, the narrator is dreadful. Is intonation makes no sense with sentences having random pauses halfway through them for no reason.
Excellent information. Good natration. Was able to listen straight through. Will implement some suggestions immediately.
"I've Never Slept Better"
Nick Littlehales speaks very slowly, so as long as you speed up the playback to about 1.30 it's perfect. Otherwise I think it would be too slow, and you might fall asleep.
That it helped me sleep better immediately! I started doing some of the things Nick suggested and they work like a charm, plus they just make sense. Obvious as they are most everyone I know doesn't utilize these ideas.
I liked that he spoke clearly and he obviously knew what he was talking about. His anecdotes were interesting as well. Like I said though, he speaks too slowly for me, so I sped it up to 1.3 and it was fine.
Nope, I liked listening to it in the morning after I woke up. It helped me get over the stress of a bad night's sleep, and plan and implement better nights going forward.
There is a lot of sleep books coming out these days, I think this is an excellent primer and probably one of the best you could by. It's not too long, and it gets to the point quickly with fast results if you follow the advice.
"Content good, narrator will put you to sleep"
Content was insightful but narrator (who is also the author) completely monotone. should have hired a professional narrator. Stopped listening to after an hour
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