Sleep Wise: How To Feel Better, Work Smarter, And Build Resilience by Daniel BlumSleep Wise: How To Feel Better, Work Smarter, And Build Resilience by Daniel Blum

Sleep Wise: How To Feel Better, Work Smarter, And Build Resilience

byDaniel Blum

Paperback | December 27, 2016

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The Center for Disease Control considers insufficient sleep a national public health epidemic— nearly 30% of adults and two–thirds of all high school students report they regularly get insufficient sleep. Time, effort, and intention are required to keep our sleep healthy. In Sleep Wise, Dr. Daniel Blum discusses the everyday activities and habits that play a major role in shaping sleep and overall health, including physical exercise and diet. Sleep Wise incorporates sleep science, mindfulness practices related to sleep, and real–world examples and anecdotes to support a mindful, sustainable sleep practice. Anybody who has trouble sleeping will be relieved to have this enjoyable, effective manual at their bedside.
Daniel Jin Blum, PhD, is a sleep psychologist and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Fellow at Stanford. He helps individuals improve their wellbeing through cognitive behavioral therapy and circadian optimization.
Title:Sleep Wise: How To Feel Better, Work Smarter, And Build ResilienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7 × 5.75 × 0.64 inPublished:December 27, 2016Publisher:Parallax PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941529402

ISBN - 13:9781941529409


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love it! Sleep is so important, and this book taught me to come at it from a different angle.
Date published: 2017-01-03

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From Chapter 2: Benefits of SleepFor many people, it is unnecessary to make a strong case in favor of sleep. We feel great when we get enough sleep and a bit more on edge when we don’t. Despite intuitively knowing that we should get adequate amounts of sleep, this gut feeling is often insufficient motivation. Part of the challenge is that many of the effects of sleep lie between barely perceptible to outside of conscious awareness; this is particularly so when it accumulates gradually over time, as it does for so many of us. These subtle changes subsequently affect how we respond to the environment and how the outside world responds to us. We may notice the effects of drastic changes in sleep, yet the impact this has on our internal physical and mental processes remain hidden. Thanks to the amazing human capacity of adaptability, we quickly shift our frame of reference to match our sleep–deprived states. While this is an incredibly helpful mechanism to get us through rough patches in the short–term, it can inadvertently perpetuate the perception that we can function on less sleep. The truth is that we can "function" but at levels far below our potential, for a much shorter time in this life, and while feeling worse; we can become quite good at living on autopilot and only engaging for moments at a time. Choosing to more fully experience all the moments in between requires intention, effort, practice, and sleep. It is not for everyone. It can be difficult and even painful. But just like a tough hike to a gorgeous vista, the work and the moments along the way contribute to the greater enjoyment at the end. The first step is to fill one’s knowledge base with the amazing benefits of sleep. The more you know about and understand these processes, the deeper the well with which to draw upon when other activities compete for your attention. Research continues to illuminate the critical nature of sleep through the myriad ways it impacts our physical and emotional lives and functioning, both positively and negatively, so this chapter will focus on some of the great insights that have already been discovered. As you continue to delve deeper into your intentional sleep practice, the interactions between your waking and sleeping lives will strengthen your resolve; you will see that your entire being benefits from this interconnected collaboration. This understanding will then give you the freedom to choose where to intervene to start the ripples of positive change.

Table of Contents


My story

My philosophy

Benefits of Sleep

Health & immune function






What does healthy sleep look like?


Two–process model

No naps!

Helpful hints and warning signs of insufficient sleep

When to get a professional opinion or assessment

Starting Your Sleep Practice

Why am I changing my sleep?

Setting your intention

Sleep environment

Fellowship: sharing the journey can help

Identifying Your Baseline

What’s my sleep story?

Sleep diary

Sleep Scheduling

Same sleep and wake time

Morning routine

Bedtime routine

Worry time

Consolidating sleep

Centering Practice: Meditation

What is a "Centering Practice?"

How does it help me sleep?

Cultivating self–compassion

Deep breathing

Guided imagery

Progressive muscle relaxation

In everyday life


How much do I need?

How exercise affects my body and sleep

How sleep helps exercise

Diet & Water



How they affect sleep and are affected by sleep

How quickly can you recover in the future?

Sleep will always be disrupted for one reason or another

When you get your sleep to a place that feels comfortable, take time to do this exercise:

Reflect upon the improvements

Top 3–5 things that you felt were most helpful in facilitating change

What will be your warning signs that your sleep is straying further off–course than you would like?