Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind

Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind

by Nick Littlehales


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Proven solutions for a better night's sleep, from the "sleep guru" to elite athletes—rest for success in work, sports, and life

One-third of our lives—that's 3,000 hours a year—is spent trying to sleep. The time we spend in bed shapes our moods, motivation, alertness, decision-making skills, reaction time, short, our ability to perform, whether at work, at home, or at play. But most of us have disturbed, restless nights, relying on over-stimulation from caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. The old eight-hour rule just doesn't work, and it's time for a new approach.

Endorsed by leading professionals in sports and business, Sleep shares a new program to be your personal best. Nick Littlehales is the leading sport sleep coach to some of the biggest names in the sporting world, including record-breaking cyclists for British Cycling and Team Sky, international soccer teams, NBA and NFL players, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Here, he shares his proven strategies for anyone to use. You'll learn how to map your unique sleep cycle, optimize your environment for recovery, and cope with the demands of this fast-paced, tech-driven world. Read Sleep and rest your way to a more confident, successful, and happier you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738234625
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 328,378
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nick Littlehales has over 30 years' experience in the world of sleep science and has spent over 17 years working with elite athletes. Former director of one of the biggest brands in sleep and former chairman of the UK Sleep Council, Littlehales has conducted many practical and clinical research projects into sleeping habits.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Don't Waste Your Valuable Time Sleeping xi

Part 1 The Key Sleep Recovery Indicators

1 The Clock Is Ticking: Circadian Rhythms 3

2 Running Fast and Slow: Chronotype 13

3 A Game of Ninety Minutes: Sleeping in Cycles, Not Hours 23

4 Warming Up and Cooling Down: Pre- and Post-Sleep Routines 37

5 Time Out!: Redefining Naps: Activity and Recovery Harmony 57

6 The Sleep Kit: Reinventing the Bed 73

7 Recovery Room: The Sleeping Environment 95

Part 2 R90 in Action

8 A Head Start: Using Your R90 Recovery Program 111

9 Sleeping with the Enemy: Sleep Problems 125

10 The Home Team: Sex, Partners, and the Modern Family 151

Your Personal Best 167

Notes 169

Acknowledgments 175

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