Tired? You’re not the only one.
83% of people should read this book
In 2013, 75% of people in the UK reported that they didn't sleep very well. (According to a sleep council report.)
That's a worrying number - three quarters of people.
But it's getting worse: in 2017, 83% of people said they didn't sleep very well.
In the busy modern world and with electronic screens everywhere, it's hard to "switch off".
It's not just the odd poor night, either. Far too many people aren't getting the sleep they need, night after night. And the worst thing is, many of them don't even realise it - or think that's just the way it is and there's nothing to be done.
Do you know what poor sleep can lead to?
Being tired, obviously - no prizes for guessing that. But it also increases your chances of:
Heart disease, stroke and diabetes - finding that out certainly got me to pay attention.
Gaining weight - for a few different reasons. Who'd have thought that if you're trying to lose weight, the solution might not be a fancy new diet, but finding a way to sleep better?
Increased blood pressure.
Feeling generally unhappier - maybe suffering from mood swings, or even depression
Even a greater chance of death. So it really is worth taking sleep seriously and not just thinking "Oh, it doesn't matter, I'm just a bit tired"
And if you're ever feeling run down and lacking in energy, you might not be sleeping well enough, even if you didn't realise it - and that might be why you've lost your get up and go!
On the other hand, getting enough good quality sleep can lead to:
Feeling alert and full of energy
Better recovery from most illnesses you get - and getting fewer random bugs and colds.
Even being more attractive - there's real evidence that it makes a difference!
That's not all, of course - but I can't list everything here...
I think I'd rather have the second list, wouldn't you? It really does seem like sleep is the one thing that makes everything better: your health, your happiness, your level of energy, your memory - just about everything.
Has this ever happened to you?
It's not just all the risks that come from poor sleep: not being able to sleep is horrible in itself. Picture it - lying awake, looking at the clock for the umpteenth time, desperate to drop off... but you can't. Maybe your mind's whirring, maybe you're shattered but just can't keep your eyes closed... wondering whether to give in and get up or keep trying...
What can you do to make it better?
What can you do about it? Well, the problem is, there isn't just one simple solution for everyone, where you can say "Do such and such and it'll all be fine". You'll read about miracle cures - buy this thousand pound mattress, use this strange diet, do left-handed handstands before bed and so on... but the truth is the same thing doesn't necessarily work for everyone.
And, worse, a good deal of the "sleep aids" you see don't really work at all. People will say "Oh, I tried such and such a supplement and it worked for me" - forgetting that they really started sleeping better when the neighbours who used to be up shouting and arguing all night moved out!
Some of the remedies you hear about are just nonsense - they've been tested and there's no evidence whatsoever that they work. But others do seem to help - for some people at least. And it's hard to tell them apart.
And for example there's one technique being promoted by some so-called sleep experts, newspapers and so on at the moment (it even has an app for your mobile phone). It's to do with sleep cycles and it sounds very plausible - but when you look into it, it's based on the supposed experts misunderstanding one simple number. To listen to the people promoting it, it's the perfect "cure" - but actually it's nonsense.
Find out about sleep - and discover what actually helps and what's just claptrap
I hesitate to call anything "old-wives' tales" as some of the old fashioned remedies can actually help. But others simply don't. So if you want to sleep better you need to know a bit more.
You need to know which "solutions" do actually help some people - and which are a waste of your time to even try.
You need to know a bit more about what can be causing your poor sleep or lack of sleep... and find out about whether "sleep hygiene" could help and if so, how to do it.
You need to know what the different things you could try are - and where to start and how.
And that's why I'm publishing this book: Sleep: Cutting Through the Claptrap - What Everyone Should Know About Sleep, Why it Matters and How to Get a Good Night's Rest.
It goes through what everyone should know about sleep and a bit about how it works - and why it matters. The risks and dangers of not sleeping well enough. There's a lot more to it than the bullet points I mentioned above - you'll probably be shocked. You'll want to take sleep seriously after reading this, I'm sure.
Then it goes through the different things that people suggest to help you sleep better. It looks at the evidence for whether they work and explains how to try it out yourself.
It looks at proper scientific evidence - looking at proper tests that have been done. But don't worry, you don't need to be a scientist to understand it. We've done the sifting through the long winded scientific papers and studies so you don't need to. You can get straight to the useful bits, all explained in plain English. Things like: whether it helps, how to go about trying it and any tips about who it might work best for, if it's only good in some circumstances.
It's up to you whether you read the bit about how a particular treatment has been tested (some of them are quite interesting) or just skip to the bit about whether it worked and how to try it - either way is fine.
For example, you'll discover:
Is driving when you sleep badly more or less dangerous than drink driving? The answer might surprise you. Page 14
The way people used to sleep in pre-industrial times - very different from most people nowadays - and some people find it works better. Page 25
The BBC recently ran a TV programme on sleep. Interesting stuff. And within 6 minutes, when Dr Michael Mosely described his problem, I thought "You need to read page 5". Surprisingly, he never mentioned what's on that page - but that sounds like it describes him perfectly. Maybe you, too?
The BBC programme was interesting - but short on practical advice of what might be right for you - what to actually do. After all, not all of us can go to Denmark to sleep in a special glass house to reset our body clocks. But here are some things you can do.
And that's far from all. There's also...
Snoring loudly or making snorting noises in your sleep might actually be a symptom of something else - especially if you wake up feeling tired and not rested. And most people who have this don't even know it. Page 38
The "Boring" tricks that can make a huge difference (you won't find them boring if they work for you) Page 64
The amount of light before bed (and earlier in the day) can make a massive difference to how well you sleep. But it's not just how much. It's something a bit more surprising. Page 84
Nearly everyone has one of these in their bedroom. And it makes it harder for you to sleep. But there's a very simple solution. Page 114
You wouldn't think it would be a problem if sleeping pills made you drowsy - but it can be. Here's why. Page 151
Melatonin is natural - so no side effects, right? Wrong. Here are SIX. Page 153
The natural sleep "remedy" that might work - but could cause liver damage or even death. I'd stay away from this one. Page 185
Want better sleep? Where to start?
There's also a section "Where do I start?" so you aren't left with dozens of options and not knowing what to do. Only you can decide exactly what you want, of course, but you'll have the advice to make it easy to know what to try.
Of course, I'm not saying that the second you open the book you'll straight away magically sleep better. But knowing that bit more about what to try and how, about what actually works and what's just a swizz, you've got a much better chance of sorting your sleep out.
If you do have a serious sleep problem, you should see a doctor. Lack of sleep can be a serious issue in itself and it might be a symptom of some really bad stuff that you want to get checked straight away. But even then, wouldn't you prefer to understand a bit more about it? Then you can understand more of what the doctor says to you. You can even suggest "Well, how about I try such and such?" or ask "Could it be so and so?".
I think everyone should read this book: if you don't get enough sleep or good enough sleep it might just be exactly what you need. If you ever feel run down or lacking in energy it might be down to poor sleep, even if you don't realise it. And better sleep helps you recover better from most illnesses - common-or-garden ones like colds or more serious ones. That's important to everyone.
Even if you feel you sleep alright - it might be that you don't realise how much better it could be.
So how much is the book?
As I've said, I think everyone should read this. So how much does it cost? Well, it's a bigger book than most of our books - in fact it costs us about twice as much to print (but don't let that put you off - you don't need to read it in one go - and if you like you can flip to the chapters that matter to you).
Some companies charge as much as £1000 to help you sleep better - I've even seen special mattresses at over £4000. Others are "only" £500 or so. But it might not even be your mattress that's the problem. Imagine spending £4000 or £1000 - or even £500 - on a mattress and you don't even know if it will help.
Or you can pay £16 for a bottle of sleep supplements - of course you'll need more next month... and there's no guarantee that they're the right thing for you... or even that they work at all!
Well, this book won't cost you as much as a new mattress and you won't have to buy a new copy every month. And it's just £14.99 per copy (plus £2.99 p&p).
What's more, if it helps you to sleep better, it could help you for the whole of the rest of your life. Help you feel better, have more energy and even be healthier.
But you don't have to pay anything now
I understand that you can't be certain whether you'll be impressed by the book until you have it in your hands. And you can't go into a bookshop and have a flick through it there (the book is only available direct from the publisher).
So you can have a copy as a free trial. Pay nothing now and we'll send it out to you. Once you've got it, have a look and decide whether you're happy with it. If you are, pay then. If not, send it back and owe nothing.
That way, you're not taking any risk - you pay nothing until you've decided you're happy with it.
So there are 5 reasons to act now:
Best get your copy ordered now
As I've said, I can't say for sure that this book will help you sleep better. But surely knowing more about what works for many people (and what to ignore because it doesn't work) is worth knowing? And knowing where to start - what to try first - that kind of advice can be so helpful.
Given how important sleep is - how it affects your energy, your health and even your happiness, then if there's any chance you might learn something that helps, surely that's worth clicking on the button below to get a copy on free trial? After all, if it doesn't look like it'll help, you can send it back and pay nothing, so you're not risking any money - just your time to click the button and tell us where to post the book.
Just click for a free trial copy or if you'd rather order yours by talking to a person, call Emma, Jess, Stella, Jade or Michelle on 01229 777606. Or if you prefer, email us on [email protected] with your name and address asking for a copy of the sleep book on free trial.
If the book helps, then even in ten years' time you might be remembering this as a wise decision! Best do it now, while you have this web page open - it'll only take a minute or so.
Why not order your free trial copy now, while you think of it?
After all, you pay nothing now and if you aren't happy with the book, you can send it back and owe us nothing.