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How to Sleep: New Science-Based Solutions to Sleeping Through the Night

By Rafael Pelayo

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Publication Date: December 8, 2020

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A new, comprehensive approach to improving our sleep, from the expert sleep clinician.

“Easy to read and comprehensive. This book offers real practical guidance.”

—Matthew Walker, PhD, bestselling author of Why We Sleep

Sleep difficulties affect millions of people—and the problem is getting worse. The deluge of sleep advice out there, referred to collectively as “sleep hygiene” rules, consists mostly of isolated recommendations for things not to do, such as: Don’t drink coffee close to bedtime. Don’t watch TV in bed. Despite the popularity of these old rules, Dr. Rafael Pelayo tells us, sleep hygiene alone is rarely effective in helping people with serious sleep problems. We need new rules that reflect the growth of knowledge in sleep science and can effectively improve our health.

Pelayo’s approach is to first take a step back and teach us how sleep works. He explains that nobody sleeps through the night; that the need for sleep is biological, but the way we sleep is learned; how much sleep you actually need each night, and that you can’t get by with less. Then, once readers understand sleep and why it’s so essential to our health and well-being, he offers a clear path to better sleep, with a flexible approach that will work for anyone. He offers a strategy for combatting jet lag: use your circadian rhythms to your advantage by maximizing your exposure to daylight. He advises you to think of napping like snacking: snacks are fine to tide you over during long stretches between meals, but if snacking too much or too late keeps you from eating dinner, it’s a problem—same goes for naps and a good night’s sleep! And he cautions that alcohol is a double-edged sword: it may help you fall asleep, but it also disrupts your sleep cycle. The information in this friendly, accessible book will help readers sleep better, wake up refreshed, and have a healthier life.

About the Author

Rafael Pelayo, MD, is a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the division of Sleep Medicine. Since 1993 he has been a part of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Clinic, the best-known sleep clinic in the world, and he divides his time between working with patients and teaching at the university. He has served on advisory boards and in leadership positions for the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the NIH, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Sleep Foundation, and the California Sleep Society. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has appeared frequently in national media, including NPR, The Ronn Owens Report, Frontline, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN.com, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Health.com, and Self.com. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, who is also a sleep medicine physician (their children grew up sleeping well!).

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 160 pages

Publisher: Artisan

ISBN: 9781579659578

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