Non Fiction Review: The Sleep Workbook

The Sleep Workbook by Renata Alexandre
The Sleep Workbook: Easy Strategies to Break the Anxiety-Insomnia Cycle
by Renata Alexandre

5 out of 5 stars

This book begins with an analysis of why people might have trouble falling asleep, and explains different sleep disorders. Then the author uses cognitive behavioral therapy to gently guide the reader into a better sleep pattern that will leave you feeling refreshed and energetic.

There are several sleep assessment quizzes you can take to determine some of the causes and details of your sleep issues. This really helps to pinpoint personal habits you might have that are hindering your sleep, or specific anxieties that are keeping you awake at night.

At the end of each section there are some journal prompts and room to write your thoughts about your sleep journey. There is also a sleep log that you can fill out to keep track of your sleep patterns.
The ideas for bedtime routines are wonderful! They include meditation, journaling, mindfulness, muscle relaxation, and even lavender and chamomile tea. There are so many great ways to relieve stress and anxiety, so that you can sleep better. One that really resonated with me is stimulus control, where you limit screen time before bed, cut down on caffeine and heavy foods, and make your bedroom quiet and comfortable. Setting up a bedtime routine and keeping to that schedule can make a world of difference in the quality and length of your sleep!

I really love the entire chapter about dealing with anxiety. It gives practical tools for redirecting your thoughts into a more productive and calm path. I also found the tips about what to do when you wake up in the middle of the night to be very helpful!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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