Sleep Resources: Sleep Support #1

To entice better sleep, it helps to immerse yourself in sleep ideas and literature. Here is a list of books, podcasts and videos. To keep it simple, I will add to it gradually. Please check back from time to time, and feel free to Contact Me with your own ideas.


Many books and other resources warn of the dangers posed by lack of sleep. To balance this, it is good to stay tuned for positive tips, such as those I offer in my blogs, which focus on resolving issues and creating conditions for better sleep.


Walker, Matthew, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams (London, 2017, Penguin)

An incredibly friendly, readable and engaging introduction to sleep. The author is friendly and personable, a guide you cannot help but enjoy. 


Here, a concise list of tips  for getting good sleep, as quoted in Matthew Walker’s book.


Wiseman, Richard, Nightschool: Wake up to the power of sleep (London, 2014, Pan MacMillan)

Another engaging overview of science, with exercises and tips combined. Looks at the ‘lark or owl’ types (‘chonotypes’), and discusses what makes a ‘super sleeper’.


Morley, Charlie, Wake Up to Sleep: 5 Powerful Practices to Transform Stress and Trauma for Peaceful Sleep and Mindful Dreams (London, Hay House, 2021)

A Buddhist author who is expert on lucid dreaming, and an excellent teacher live and in print.


Foster, Russell G and Lockley, Steven W. Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012, OUP UK)

As it says! Short and sweet.


Horne, Jim, Sleepfaring: A Journey Through the Science of Sleep  (Oxford, 2007, OUP) 

I found this denser, but again, very useful. It includes impassioned plea, backed up by extraordinary statistics, against driving when sleepy.


Online (Podcasts, Videos)

Sleep Foundation’s 14 Nights to Better Sleep: A 14 day program of daily challenges aimed at helping to improve your sleep. Sign up (for free) and they send you an email each day with the day’s challenge.


Just One Thing with Michael Mosley on BBC Sounds

Five short podcasts on Sleep, each with useful tips in an easy-t0-hear format.


‘Sleep is your superpower’ | Matt Walker: YouTube 

An engaging summary of dangers, plus useful tips, and a chance to meet the engaging and passionately dedicated author of ‘Why We Sleep’. 


Joe Rogan Experience #1109 – Matthew Walker 

Another interview with Matthew Walker Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.


How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep | Jim Donovan:  YouTube 

This describes sleep loss, plus quite a zany relaxation exercise from the co-author and drummer of the song, “Send Me on My Way” from the movie ‘Ice Age’ 


Why Sleep Matters (2019) 

You might skip the first six minutes (chatty introduction about the Harvard Programme), when Harvard Medical School sleep experts illuminate the importance of getting a good night’s rest and demystify how much sleep is needed and why it’s so vital to keep our bodies at their best during every hour of the day.


Sleep and a Healthy Life | Jonathan Wisor | TEDxSpokane 

This short talk outlines the various adverse effects of insufficient sleep.


A detailed list of tips for getting good sleep from the Sleep Foundation. There are also a lot of other practical sleep related articles on this site: here


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