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Publisher's Summary

One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep.

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies for us all to use. Discover how to map your own sleep cycle, what the optimum room temperature is, which bedding is best and why napping is actually good for you.

Listen to Sleep, learn from the best in sport, and kick-start a more confident, successful and happier you.

©2016 Nick Littlehales (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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I've Never Slept Better

Would you consider the audio edition of Sleep to be better than the print version?

Nick Littlehales speaks very slowly, so as long as you speed up the playback to about 1.30 it's perfect. Otherwise I think it would be too slow, and you might fall asleep.

What did you like best about this story?

That it helped me sleep better immediately! I started doing some of the things Nick suggested and they work like a charm, plus they just make sense. Obvious as they are most everyone I know doesn't utilize these ideas.

What about Nick Littlehales’s performance did you like?

I liked that he spoke clearly and he obviously knew what he was talking about. His anecdotes were interesting as well. Like I said though, he speaks too slowly for me, so I sped it up to 1.3 and it was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, I liked listening to it in the morning after I woke up. It helped me get over the stress of a bad night's sleep, and plan and implement better nights going forward.

Any additional comments?

There is a lot of sleep books coming out these days, I think this is an excellent primer and probably one of the best you could by. It's not too long, and it gets to the point quickly with fast results if you follow the advice.

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Some good tips, but descends into nonsense

There are some tips on here that will make a difference instantly. My sleep has hugely improved with the basic and common sense approach.

However, once you get past that, the book just feels like filler and a sales ad for Nick's special bed. The emphasis on sport is also a little grating and sometimes the name dropping is pointless.

Most importantly though, the narrator is dreadful. Is intonation makes no sense with sentences having random pauses halfway through them for no reason.

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  • J. Smith
  • Alpharetta, GA United States
  • 10-28-16

Content good, narrator will put you to sleep

Content was insightful but narrator (who is also the author) completely monotone. should have hired a professional narrator. Stopped listening to after an hour

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Painful narration

I wanted to buy this as a Kindle book and just read it, but it wasn't available. Decided to try the audiobook instead. The material is interesting, but the publishers should have found someone besides the author to read it.

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A must listen

Provides you with the fundamental framework of how to schedule your sleep and recovery, and also the right know how regarding environment and all the tiny details.

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It gives "sleep" a whole new meaning!

It really opened up my mind concerning the subject of sleeping and the right way to take advantage of my recovery and rest hours.I think it is a really important matter that everyone should learn about and adjust it into their lives.

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Excellent info!

Excellent information. Good natration. Was able to listen straight through. Will implement some suggestions immediately.

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  • Raistrick
  • 02-24-17

Should have got someone else to narrate

I thought the content was really useful. Like many of these books, the info isn't entirely new and can be researched online, but it does bring it all together well.

The narration was rubbish though. Personality-less. It was as if he hadn't written it! He seemed to be reading as if he had no idea where the sentence was going. Penultimate commas and colons were all treated as full stops, which got really rather irritating after a while. Asides and light-hearted remarks were read in the same cadence and tone as every other sentence. Bonus: the book itself serves as a great sleep aid.

Bottom line: I'd recommend the book and use the advice throughout my life, but I wouldn't recommend the audio version.

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  • alanjamesgibson
  • 03-14-17

Some great tips but a PAINFUL listening experience

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would definitely recommend the content but do yourself a big favour and buy the physical book rather than the audio version

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Each chapter was well summarised with clear bullet points

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator can add a huge amount to the enjoyment of the book and equally can significantly detract from it. I think it was a major error for the author to do his own narration. It is a painfully difficult listen and I could only really tackle it in 30-45minute chunks. Such a shame .....

Any additional comments?

Buy the book, buy the book, buy the book it'll be much easier to digest the content than being distracted by the narration

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  • keo999
  • 12-16-16

Zzzz's in more ways than one

Would you consider the audio edition of Sleep to be better than the print version?

Print edition necessary to look up references.

Would you recommend Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really. Although there is the odd nugget of useful information, it is mostly an ego trip for the author. Most of the recommendations are intrusive and impractical. The superking bed as recommended is really the equivalent of two single beds put together. Good luck with finding not only the room, also the bed coverings. Most of us do not have an army of globe trotting minions to follow our sleeping needs.

What does Nick Littlehales bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have little patience to read such a "manual ".

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

80% Boredom.

Any additional comments?

This must be self published as an index is not provided.

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  • Stephen Williams
  • 02-12-17

Brilliant

I work 12 hour shifts 4 days a week, and I train for marathons and triathlons the rest of the time. This book has taught me that I need 9 hours of sleep, and it's taught me how to deal with it when I wake up unexpectedly, and it's taught me how to get my 9 hours. I feel much better in work and outside of work. It's a bit long winded but stick with it it will help

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  • sally
  • 04-24-18

Don’t waste your valuable time ......

....are the first four very appropriate words of this book.
First he is an author and has no idea how to read a book to keep us interested. Littlehales could send you to sleep with his monotonous voice.
Secondly .. he might have left Slumberland but boy it reads like an advertisement.
Decent mattress, blackout blinds, cool bedrooms is this not common sense.
This is going back.



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  • E. McLaughlan
  • 04-21-18

lots of good stuff<br />

There's a couple of really good chapters on how to sleep well padded with a lot of personal anecdote and a fair bit of promotion for his business.

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  • hassan
  • 04-13-18

eh

turn narration speed to 1.40x for a better experience . maybe there are better books about sleep

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  • ben
  • 04-13-18

Not good.

Mainly about football and the guy name dropping who he has worked with. The tone showd no enthusiasm in his own work. Terrible.

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  • T. Miles
  • 04-09-18

An intensely annoying book

What did you like best about Sleep? What did you like least?

Practical tips on bed size, sleep cycles, mattress choice, mattress cover and pillow choice; turning off all screens 90 minutes before sleep time, getting very thick curtains, getting up at the same time every day, sleeping in absolute darkness.

The worst thing about the book is the author's voice. He doesn't read fluently at all. It becomes extremely annoying after a while.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

See above. The sleep tips.

Far, far too much of the book is taken up in him establishing his credentials, telling us about his proud career and dropping famous sporting names all over the place. Padding, padding, padding.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Littlehales’s performances?

Never

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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  • S. Taylor
  • 04-08-18

Unscientific and Dull

Or Confessions Of an Embittered Ex-Mattress Salesman. Should have got the ghostwriter to narrate it too. He might have had a better go at pronouncing the long words. Awful, anecdotal and celebrity obsessed. Avoid.

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  • Craig
  • 06-16-18

Amazing

Understanding circadian rhythms and how to utilise sleep cycles is one of the best ways to balance your allostatic load. The information provided can be immediately implemented to change improve sleep, performance, mood and more. Loved it!