The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest

How to sleep without popping pills. 

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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 methods 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 Dr. Aric Prather

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.

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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

“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

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