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When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way. Through better sleep and optimized nutrition, Stevenson not only healed his body but also achieved fitness and business goals he never thought possible.

In Sleep Smarter, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you'll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.

Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Shawn Stevenson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Some good suggestions, but very biased strategies

This book had some decent ideas, many of them not new. Things like go to bed and wake up and the same time every day. Stop being a night owl; going to bed early and rising early. Get actual daylight for 30 minutes around 10. Prime sleep time is from 10pm to 2am. Get 7-8 hours of sleep daily, Keep your room dark and free of television. Don't use your smartphone or other computing devices within a couple hours of sleep due to the blue light messing with your melatonin levels. Don't drink caffeine after 2pm. Use Magnesium spray just before bed. Exercise and eat healthy.

A lot of the author's suggestions really showed his bias and in many cases were totally unrealistic and in one case offensive. While the author acknowledges the fact that people work odd hours for their jobs he advocates that they quite and find different ones. Makes me wonder if he would promote that when he needs the police and medical people in the early am. The author plainly indicates that people who have sleep apnea suffer from it solely because they are overweight and comments that their love life will not exist because the C-Pap device they where makes them look like a villain from one of the Batman movies. I know several people who are very thin and fit and still have sleep apnea. The author also promotes a lot of devices, supplements, and therapies (like massage a couple of times a week); all of which are very expensive. He promotes the Intelligel beds which are also extremely expensive.

In short the author, who was absolutely horrible as a narrator, provides a few suggestions that are commonly known, Recommends a bunch of expensive stuff, and sites some studies (who can't find A (singular) study to support their theory these days) and states that anyone who isn't following his life style, basically a 9-5 job that pays really good money to afford all the stuff he wants you to buy, including organic foods and grass feed type meats, needs to completely quit what they're doing and change. This isn't a book I could recommend.

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Some parts good, but be careful

There was some great content in here, but it was surrounded by far too much pseudoscience and throwing around individual studies' results as "truth." You know it's not trustworthy when you keep hearing things being thrown around as fact, such as with the word "causes," rather than "correlates with."

The author was really easy to listen to, however. The only other thing I got tired of is how often he said to check out more info in the bonus resource guide. I bet there's more in that "bonus" guide than this whole book (for better or worse)

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Mostly Hype and Sales

There is quite a bit that I am taking from this book. One thing is that I need to do more research because there is a good deal in here that is fairly bogus and unthought through. Suggesting that people dim the lights in their house is actually dangerous. Most homes have too little light to be safe. And lighting candles is not going to help. He also cites some pretty questionable practices such as earthing, which has been significantly debunked by real science. There is lots of bonus material, all aimed at selling you something. I hate the format but I have take a few things from this book that I am using an that are helping me achieve better sleep.

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What I needed to create a great morning and bed time routine

I loved the authors voice and learned a lot about sleep and why people say it's more important to workout in the morning than in the evening. I applied this book to my life and I feel amazing. I want to thank the author. I'm very grateful that I found this book.

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This will help you sleep better

The book is structured logically with one key point in each chapter supported by research and studies and followed by tips. Some tips are simple and obvious (if you have a big engagement on a certain day, schedule your calendar so you're getting enough sleep for at least several days before the engagement). Another obvious tip but hard to implement is not to use your devices or watch TV an hour before your bedtime. The blue light from the monitors and addictive apps will make you alert and lessen your quality of sleep. Even if you're sleeping for 7-8 hours, you will not be getting the REM and deep sleep that your body needs (which is why you wake up drowsy). Another good tip is to meditate, especially if you have inner chatter running in your head at night. A surprising tip is to get more sunlight, particularly from 6 am to 8:30 am, to wake up your body and regulate your circadian rhythm. There are also tips contrary to what many people believe. Don't exercise before bedtime. It raises your body's core temperature and makes it harder to fall asleep (despite feeling physically tired). With so many tips provided, you can implement a few at a time and evaluate how it affects the quality of your sleep.

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Mostly good info

Most of the information in this book seems good, and matches my understanding from a wide variety of other sources. Unfortunately the author includes references to junk pseudo-science about "grounding", and very inaccurate / misleading information about the effects and amelioration of EMF ... those sections can safely be ignored. Still, the inclusion of such poorly researched material leaves me doubting the accuracy of the other sections. Cross referencing with other trustworthy sources is highly recommended.

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You can prove anything with a study

Some great ideas mixed with pseudoscience. I worry how confusing this will be with many consumers as the author states a lot of very shaky ideas as matter of fact. Wish he had stuck with the excellent ideas that are more time tested

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  • ashley
  • OREM, UT, United States
  • 12-01-16

Enlightening

I honestly assumed I knew everything he was going to say, because I am a big advocate of sleep already, but there were still many aha moments that will for sure improve my life. Already I am sleeping better than I have in a loooooong time. So worth the read from start to finish.

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too much humbug

started great, but then went Into fictional stuff like damaging emf fields, grounding and other fake science.

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  • Steven
  • Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • 08-23-17

Pop Science

Some OK advice, most of it is pretty obvious and I've heard it all before.

I thought the diet section was particularly weak. It's the typical focus on macros which is mostly poorly supported by science. I recommend getting diet advice from someone who is qualified. Nutrition facts.org is a good staring point.

Also I didn't like the reading style. His voice sounds uneducated and a number of pronunciations suggested as much.

Save your money.

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  • Elizabeth Lawlor
  • 11-22-16

Love this guy. Massive Value.

My husband has serious sleep problems which has had significant knock on effects with his overall health. I instinctively knew that pills were not treating the issue and would likely just add to his troubles, so i went searching for better answers. I found so much more than I had even hoped for in this book. The content and research behind it goes so far beyond what I expected of the topic. He gives actionable tips as well as an in depth education on how everything in our body works together. I took away so many nuggets even for myself (I thought I had this sleeping thing down- I was wrong). I'm now a serial listener to his podcast, The Model Health Show, and know I can turn on any episode and I'll learn something new. Couldn't recommend this book enough. Thank you Shawn for the work you do. You're not just inspiring change in me and my family, you're providing the road map and the tools.

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  • Veryconfused
  • 11-08-16

Contradictory and full of bro science

I hardly think a house plant will significantly alter the oxygen to carbon dioxide ratio in the bed room. If that was your goal then asking your carbon dioxide producing partner to sleep in a separate room would have much greater impact. Thinking of something exciting before going to sleep to help you get out of bed in the morning seems contradictory. I remember being a child on Christmas eve, being excited about the next day certainly helps you to get up early with enthusiasm but hinders falling to sleep. There are much better books based on real science written by people clinically researching the subject which I found more informative.

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  • Connie
  • 08-29-16

Really really great

Loved it. Shaun reads it so well and it's helped me sleep better even though I've read books on sleep before and I listen to his podcast.

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  • Steve
  • 12-08-16

Practical, powerful and simple

Really useful tips to help you sleep for anyone with any kind of lifestyle. Already thinking of who to give it to for Christmas!

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  • MarkPT
  • 04-03-17

Dull and nothing new (Part listened)

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Must say, I did only last 1 hour 10mins .... I normally give books at least an hour if I'm not liking them, and unfortunately this was one.

Literally only been told to increase serotonin by getting our in daylight more often - this is nothing new and not massively beneficial advice for many.

There may be other help tips in there, but if this is number 1, I'm glad I didn't last much longer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-16

Sleep Better.

This book is a must read for anyone having trouble with their sleep, valuable information is parted tp improve your life, health, sleep, and general wellbeing.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul Turner
  • 09-13-16

Great Book

Everyone needs to read or listen to this book . Shawn Stevenson is an amazing human being, I always listen to his podcast the Model Health Show on iTunes or You Tube and have made many positive improvements to my life. He makes everything easy to understand and has all the scientific studies to back up his knowledge. This mans information on life needs to be heard by everyone!

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  • GARY MCINTOSH
  • 07-19-17

Superb guide

The complete and concise guide to attaining the perfect night's sleep. All broken down into easy actions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-17

My favourite audio book. 10/10

Definately recommend for anyone struggling with any sort of health problems. This book is brilliant!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-17

Excellent

Really interesting listening to how your body works and the pitfalls well worth a read

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  • Nadia
  • 09-06-16

Must read for the sleep deprived

I really enjoyed this book. Very informative, lots of relevant content, well researched. Great narration.

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  • David
  • 06-08-17

Great book

I find this book to be packed with so many great ideas supported by research evidence, that would not only enhance one's sleep quality, but overall health in general. I highly recommended it.

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  • Deanne
  • 12-08-16

Such a great read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - such excellent tips and things to learn, and Shawn has a fabulous voice! I was hooked from start to finish!

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  • bert orr
  • 04-18-18

sleep smarter...sleep better

practical.tips to improve the quality of your life for the better...you can start today and see 8n just a few days improvement in your wellbeing.

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  • Birrarung fan
  • 03-27-18

Read this! So good. I learned so much.

Excellent book. Life changing information. While I haven't verified the science that he cites is good science, I learned a lot. I've started to create new habits since finishing this book and time will tell. I said "wow" a lot through this book at all the things I learned. Entertaining in its delivery as well. Five stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

Valuable and Knowledgable Listen

Who knew learning the science behind sleep would be so fun! Shawn has a very unique way of communicating complex ideas in a very digestible and enjoyable manner. If you're having trouble sleeping I encourage you to pick-up this book before reaching for some prescribed pills! An educative and valuable book indeed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

Good reminded, easy listen

Most of this books tips are the classic sleep tips, such as exercise or don't use electronics before bed, but it's a good reminder of the bad habits I've got into and has helped me fix them up.

There were a few interesting ideas, such as EMF effects on sleep, which I'm not completely convinced about and will have to research further.

Overall a good collection of tips with helpful ways to get out of the bad habits you don't even realise your in. It's a very easy listen and worthwhile if you need some help for a better night sleep.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-18

Useful but could be condensed

I found the tips in the book useful but I ended up only listening to the first few minutes of each chapter towards the end as it waffled on alot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-17

Decent but theres better value out there

The book gives a number of decent strategies to improve sleep but could have gotten to the point faster and you could probably get the same information in a blog post. Some of the sources from alternative/complementary medicine journals was disappointing and seemed pseudoscientific.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-17

Sleep better

This is a wonderful book. Jam packed with informed and resarch based tips and so enthusiastically narrated. It really does get you working on the gift of a good night's sleep