Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius by Ryan Holiday and Stephen HanselmanWhat's inside: timeless life advice based on the ancient observations of Stoic philosophers from Seneca to Cicero to Marcus Aurelius, presented in a well-organized, accessible format.
Topics include: the power of character to determine fate; preparing yourself for failure as much as you prepare for success; and the value of self-rule, which is "the greatest empire."
The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy LeschzinerWhat it is: a science-based yet still accessible review of the neuroscience of sleep, with a focus on sleep disorder case studies from the author's medical career.
Read it for: the outline of each patient's plan of care, which gives readers a look at the full road to recovery and not just an open-ended list of suggestions.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhDWhat it is: an engaging and conversational attempt to answer the most scientifically elusive question about sleep.
Topics include: how relatively recent our understanding of the mechanics of sleep truly is; what sleep deprivation can do to the mind and body; how modern society's relationship with time makes everyone get less sleep than they need.
The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter, MDWhat it's about: the most common sleep problems and what can be done to manage them by changing your habits around food, exercise, lighting, and time management.
Don't miss: the tips for how people (like shift workers) who might not be able to make radical changes to their sleep habits can modify small things that will still have an impact.
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