What’s past is prologue.

Shakespeare, The Tempest (2.1)

The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

Sleep Smarter Rodale Books, 2016
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We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. That’s twenty to thirty years, hopefully longer. Yet we understand so little about sleep—namely how it works and exactly why it’s important.

I discovered Shawn Stevenson when he spoke at Michael Hyatt’s Free to Focus summit. He was addressing the impact that sleep has on our productivity. In Sleep Smarter, he also goes into how sleep impacts our health, memory function, ability to focus, our weight… it seems like there’s no aspect of our life that sleep doesn’t impact.

Some of my favorite tidbits:

  • What happens to your body chemistry, hormones, and metabolism when you sleep, and what’s throwing it off when you’re laying there awake.
  • The effect a patch of light the size of a quarter has on your sleep.
  • Why you might be more tired after hitting that snooze button.
  • Over 100,000 traffic accidents in the US are caused each year by driver fatigue.
  • Putting a TV in your bedroom causes you to have half as much sex.

One caveat: Shawn brings in a lot of scientific studies to support his arguments. Just remember that correlation is not causation.

Whatever quality of sleep you’re getting now, Shawn can help you take it to the next level. It’s a great book, the kind you’ll refer back to as you start spotting problem areas and want to fix them. It’s an even better listen; the audiobook is read by the author, and his personality shines through. (For example, at one point, he throws in a random Bane impression, from The Dark Knight Rises that isn’t in the text; I love it when they do that with audiobooks.)

Question: Have you read Sleep Smarter? Share your thoughts in the comments, or on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

Henry Ford

We must strive to reach that simplicity that lies beyond sophistication.

John Gardner

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

Samuel Johnson

There is time enough for everything in the course of the day if you do but one thing at once. But there is not time enough in a year if you do two things at a time.

Lord Chesterfield

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson