Book Review: The Power of Rest

Title: The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone Is Not Enough. A 30-Day Plan to Reset Your Body

Author: Matthew Edlund

My Review:

I have had an unhealthy relationship with sleep for the majority of my adult life.  I had four kids within a five-year span (I know, I know) and then I went to college for six years.  At one point, I was juggling kids, three jobs, and a full-time course load.  It didn’t take long for me to be of the opinion that “sleep was for sissies.”

Yeah, sure it is.

Matthew Edlund’s The Power of Rest tackles an issue that most people don’t take seriously — the importance of sleep.  What do you need sleep for?  Oh, stuff like weight control, mood and memory, brain cell growth, and good health.

According to Edlund, I never really “rest,” although I will start to put some of his suggestions to use.  I especially like the “sex as social rest” tip.  Ha!  It’s also important to rest your cold morning brain and develop an effective sleep ritual.  It’s equally as important to not drink alcohol or caffeine or eat too much before bedtime.

Granted, it’s going to take some time to read The Power of Rest, not to mention practice and master all the techniques, so don’t think you’ll be resting like a champion right off the bat.  But, you have to ask yourself if your health and peace of mind is worth the effort — it is for me!

I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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