The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest (The Seven Days Series #2) (Paperback)
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“Vastly knowledgeable and genuinely brilliant . . . An easy yet most effective how-to guide on sleep.” —Dr. Matthew Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Sleep
From renowned sleep scientist Dr. Aric Prather, a book that offers a simple yet powerful plan to improve your sleep in seven days
We need sleep to survive. Sleep is as essential as food, water, and oxygen. So how can something that should be so instinctual and automatic be so hard? Dr. Prather runs one of the world’s most successful sleep clinics and has cracked the code to help even the most restless of sleepers get a good night’s rest.
In The Sleep Prescription, Dr. Prather shares the powerful solutions that he uses to help his patients at the clinic achieve healing and restorative sleep. Going beyond the obvious solutions, Dr. Prather shares surprisingly simple yet deeply effective techniques that will help you lie back and let sleep work its magic.
The seven-day prescription will lead you through these exercises:
Day 1: Set Your (Internal) Clock
Day 2: Ease Off the Gas
Day 3: Energize—But Do It Right
Day 4: Worry Early
Day 5: You Are Not a Computer; You Can't Just Shut Down
Day 6: (Re)Train Your Brain
Day 7: Stay Up Late
Over the course of seven days, this book will teach you how to get out of your own way, so that your body can do effortlessly what it was built to do: sleep well.
About the Author
Aric A. Prather, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, where he co-directs the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center. A licensed clinical psychologist, he has helped hundreds of patients improve their sleep using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
Praise for Dr. Aric A. Prather and The Sleep Prescription
“The Sleep Prescription is designed to help you figure out exactly what’s troubling your sleep. Prather . . . takes us beyond anodyne tips like ‘turn off your phone’ and digs into the way our body responds to all of the various factors that make up our lives over the course of a given week. For each of seven days, the book guides you to focus on one aspect of building a good sleep routine, paying attention to how your mind works in concert with your body and the sleep habits you’ve built over your lifetime. . . . The Sleep Prescription is the first book that showed me it’s possible to understand the science behind it, and find a way to unlock those perfect, restful hours.”
—The Boston Globe
“Science-backed tips for sounder sleep.”
—The New York Times
“The vastly knowledgeable and genuinely brilliant Dr. Aric Prather can take detailed scientific concepts and distill them into wondrous bite-size chunks, digestible to all. An easy yet most effective how-to guide on sleep.”
—Dr. Matthew Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Sleep and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, University of California, Berkeley
“Deceptively simple and refreshingly straightforward, The Sleep Prescription is an immediately useful guide to getting better sleep. Aric Prather is an internationally-recognized scientific authority on sleep health and his advice can help just about anyone sleep more restfully in just a week.”
—Dr. Michael Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine
“The Sleep Prescription is a practical guide to improving your sleep and enhancing your life. Prather offers a set of transformative and doable changes in sleep habits that can make you healthier, happier, and more productive.”
—Tom Boyce, MD, author of The Orchid and the Dandelion
“The Sleep Prescription is a game changer. It’s an original and effective take on how we sleep and why so many of us struggle to do it well. A must-have for anyone looking to improve their waking life by fixing their sleeping one.”
—Dr. Sara Mednick, author of The Power of The Downstate and Take a Nap! Change Your Life.
“Through a series of seven sensible steps, Dr. Prather guides us to relearn what our bodies and brains already know: we can use our voluntary, waking behaviors to influence the involuntary, restorative process of sleep.”
—Dr. Daniel Buysse, director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine