’This is an easy to read book, which considers the process of sleep, factors influencing sleep quality and the impact that poor sleep may have on quality of life and personal performance’
Title: How to sleep well: The science of sleeping smarter, living better and being productive
Author: Neil Stanley
Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Surgery Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is an easy to read book, which considers the process of sleep, factors influencing sleep quality and the impact that poor sleep may have on quality of life and personal performance. Key chapters include ‘what is sleep?’, ‘why is sleep important?’ and ‘sleep disorders’. Each chapter provides a clear introduction to the topic and does not assume prior knowledge of the subject; however, the text lacks sufficient depth and analysis for it to be a recommended read for health professionals with an interest in sleep. The tone of writing is no doubt intended as humorous, although on occasions this comes across as patronising and over opinionated.
What were the highlights?
The contents page is clearly formatted and the layout of the text make it easy to read. The book offers musings regarding different aspects of sleep and factors which may affect the characteristics of good sleep. As well as myth busting various anecdotes about sleep the book includes an assortment of common-sense advice about how to positively influence sleep quality.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book alludes to numerous scientific studies, however, does not include the appropriate citations or sufficient detail, which would allow the reader to consider the points made with anything more than blind acceptance of the authors opinion.
Who should read it?
Although this book considers a variety of factors affecting sleep, the overall tone and lack of scientific evidence within the text means that it will not live up to the exceptions of healthcare professionals who are keen to lean more about ‘The science of sleeping smarter’.