Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
This book is out on the 31st March.
Learn To Sleep Well is a beautifully presented book, featuring a easy to read layout with some lovely images, which added to the reading experience. I read this as a PDF, and I imagine that the book is far more beautiful in real life! I enjoyed that this was set into different sections, each with a few chapters, covering a variety of topics which were split in an accessible way, and made it easy to flit between sections to suit your sleep issue needs. There was a nice selection of topics covered, and it wasn’t too long or overwhelming for someone starting to look for ways to improve their sleep.
As someone who has read a lot of books on sleep over the years, as well as doctors advice et c. (long term insomniac) this didn’t really bring anything new to the table, but it did have some interesting facts, was easy to read and engaging. I liked the writing style and think this would be a really good starter book for someone who is looking to improve their sleep hygiene, but doesn’t have severe insomnia.
There were a couple of bits that I thought would be hard to follow in practice though – keeping a log of exactly when you fell asleep (impossible without clock watching, which you really shouldn’t do) and when you wake up in the night (again, hard to do without making a note) are not going to help you shut off your brain and sleep if you’re too busy thinking. Also spending an entire day figuring out your circadian rhythm in 15 minute intervals of staring at a cube isn’t something most people have time for. Besides these few odd suggestions, it was a quite informative book, despite the fact that I didn’t gain much insight, but that is because this is not my first foray into the world of sleep and is no fault of the book.
I would definitely recommend it to someone who has not read much on the subject, as a starter or primer on the subject.