• Sleep

  • The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps...and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind
  • By: Nick Littlehales
  • Narrated by: Nick Littlehales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-27-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (40 ratings)

Regular price: $19.18

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Publisher's Summary

One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep.
In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies for us all to use. Discover how to map your own sleep cycle, what the optimum room temperature is, which bedding is best and why napping is actually good for you.
Listen to Sleep, learn from the best in sport, and kick-start a more confident, successful and happier you.
©2016 Nick Littlehales (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-14-16

I've Never Slept Better

Would you consider the audio edition of Sleep to be better than the print version?

Nick Littlehales speaks very slowly, so as long as you speed up the playback to about 1.30 it's perfect. Otherwise I think it would be too slow, and you might fall asleep.

What did you like best about this story?

That it helped me sleep better immediately! I started doing some of the things Nick suggested and they work like a charm, plus they just make sense. Obvious as they are most everyone I know doesn't utilize these ideas.

What about Nick Littlehales’s performance did you like?

I liked that he spoke clearly and he obviously knew what he was talking about. His anecdotes were interesting as well. Like I said though, he speaks too slowly for me, so I sped it up to 1.3 and it was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, I liked listening to it in the morning after I woke up. It helped me get over the stress of a bad night's sleep, and plan and implement better nights going forward.

Any additional comments?

There is a lot of sleep books coming out these days, I think this is an excellent primer and probably one of the best you could by. It's not too long, and it gets to the point quickly with fast results if you follow the advice.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Trumbles on 01-16-17

Some good tips, but descends into nonsense

There are some tips on here that will make a difference instantly. My sleep has hugely improved with the basic and common sense approach.

However, once you get past that, the book just feels like filler and a sales ad for Nick's special bed. The emphasis on sport is also a little grating and sometimes the name dropping is pointless.

Most importantly though, the narrator is dreadful. Is intonation makes no sense with sentences having random pauses halfway through them for no reason.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Raistrick on 02-24-17

Should have got someone else to narrate

I thought the content was really useful. Like many of these books, the info isn't entirely new and can be researched online, but it does bring it all together well.

The narration was rubbish though. Personality-less. It was as if he hadn't written it! He seemed to be reading as if he had no idea where the sentence was going. Penultimate commas and colons were all treated as full stops, which got really rather irritating after a while. Asides and light-hearted remarks were read in the same cadence and tone as every other sentence. Bonus: the book itself serves as a great sleep aid.

Bottom line: I'd recommend the book and use the advice throughout my life, but I wouldn't recommend the audio version.

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3 out of 5 stars
By alanjamesgibson on 03-14-17

Some great tips but a PAINFUL listening experience

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would definitely recommend the content but do yourself a big favour and buy the physical book rather than the audio version

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Each chapter was well summarised with clear bullet points

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator can add a huge amount to the enjoyment of the book and equally can significantly detract from it. I think it was a major error for the author to do his own narration. It is a painfully difficult listen and I could only really tackle it in 30-45minute chunks. Such a shame .....

Any additional comments?

Buy the book, buy the book, buy the book it'll be much easier to digest the content than being distracted by the narration

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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 06-16-18

Amazing

Understanding circadian rhythms and how to utilise sleep cycles is one of the best ways to balance your allostatic load. The information provided can be immediately implemented to change improve sleep, performance, mood and more. Loved it!

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