26 September 2023

Fast Asleep

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Michael Mosley, Simon & Schuster, $29.99.

Can’t sleep? Who better to deliver the recipe for a peaceful night, based on groundbreaking sleep science, than the prolific, bestselling author of Covid-19, The Fast 800, The Clever Guts Diet and The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet.

Some of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep and that may have become heightened over the past few weeks as the world battles a pandemic. A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy brain and body. So why do so many of us struggle to sleep well?

British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley explains what happens when we sleep, what triggers common sleep problems and why standard advice rarely works.

Prone to intermittent insomnia, Dr Mosley has taken part in numerous sleep experiments and tested every remedy going. The result is a radical, four-week program, based on the latest science, designed to help you re-establish a healthy sleep pattern in record time.

Sleep is something we all do; in fact, we spend around a third of our lives in this strange, unconscious state. Yet until recently we understood very little about

what sleep was for, how much we need and the role that dreams play in improving our mental health.

Our current attitudes to sleep are very different. Thanks to recent research there has been a revolution in our understanding of sleep and just how important it is. We know that too little sleep can devastate your body, brain and microbiome (gut bacteria), dramatically increasing your risk of developing a range of chronic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

When it comes to sleep, it’s not just about quantity, but about quality too. There is plenty of surprising advice including tips for teenagers, people working night shifts and those prone to jet lag, plus recipes that will boost your deep sleep by improving your microbiome.

Fast Asleep provides the tools you need to sleep better, reduce stress and feel happier.

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