Six Great Sleep Books for Adults

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These top reads will help you get the rest that you crave.

It’s no wonder that the sleep section of bookstores can be overwhelming: There are thousands upon thousands of books available on the subject! And while some are winners, others may keep you up at night wondering, “Why did I buy this?” To help you narrow down the selection, check out these top picks below. Whether you’re hoping to end insomnia, fall asleep faster, or simply get your baby to nap longer, one of these reads will be right for you.

For Sounder Sleep: If you're looking to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, check out Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way To a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson, creator of The Model Health Show, a top nutrition and fitness podcast. You’ll discover insider tips that will help you achieve better rest, such as which supplements may help improve your shuteye and how what you wear to bed could be impacting your sleep.

For Tips from an MD: Wish you could get advice from a doctor on how to improve your sleep? Now you can, with Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Robert S. Rosenberg, D.O, the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. A top expert in the field, Dr. Rosenberg breaks down the basics of sleep disorders in an easy-to-read manner.

For In-Depth Information: The Promise of Sleep by William C. Dement, M.D., a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, kicks off with 300 pages of sleep facts. If that sounds up your alley, you’ll appreciate being able to dig deeper into the world of sleep in this book that ends with a detailed three-week program that is designed to help you achieve optimal rest.

For Insomnia: The best-selling Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D., an insomnia specialist at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a must for anyone who has serious sleep issues but doesn’t want to rely on medication for better rest. Dr. Jacobs’ drug-free approach will have you on your way to dreamland, thanks to a six-week program that he lays out in the book. So long, sleeping pills!

For New Parents: Help your baby develop her sleep skills with The Happy Sleeper by Heather Turgeon, MFT, a psychotherapist and writer for the National Sleep Foundation. The book will guide you and your partner through the often-challenging process of getting your little one to sleep through the night. It will help ensure that your child continues to have healthy sleep habits for years to come.

For Better Sleep for the Whole Family: Face it: If your tot isn’t sleeping, neither are you. Help everyone in your household have happier nights with Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber, M.D., an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and the former director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children’s Hospital in Boston. This revised and updated edition of the book that has helped countless families looks at the newest research surrounding children’s sleep. You’ll come away armed with tips such as how to ease bedtime fights, help your child have better naps, and end bedwetting.