Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success,
by Shawn Stevenson
High quality sleep fortifies your immune system, balances your hormones, boosts your metabolism, increases physical energy, and improves the function of your brain. Without all the essential benefits sleep is providing, you will never, I repeat never, have the body and life you want without giving your body the right amount of sleep.” – Shawn Stevenson
In our culture sleep is not respected; working hard is. However, there is a big difference between doing work and doing effective work. Sleep is necessary for our work to be of quality. In this book, Shawn Stevenson explains all the benefits you reap from getting a quality night’s sleep, and teaches why we need to place more value on sleep in order to perform better in all other aspects of life.
Stevenson not only details the importance of sleep, but also teaches ways to improve upon your sleep, such as getting sunlight during the day in order to produce melatonin. He also discusses magnesium as a necessary mineral for sleep, and discusses why transdermal magnesium is the best form when it comes to inducing quality sleep. Stevenson leaves no stone unturned when it comes to learning about sleep. He covers caffeine, alcohol, computer screens, having a sleep “sanctuary”, exercise, nutrition, and even how having an orgasm can be as a good way to help induce quality sleep.
One of the takeaway messages from this book that resonated the most was the need to place more value on sleep. We value material things. We value friendships. We value nurturing our bodies with quality food, and we value exercise. It’s time we really start to place value on sleep. We know it’s important, yet as a culture we tend to make it a last priority. Let’s work on making sleep our first priority, and then we can reap the benefits we feel when we are truly rested.