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Fast Asleep

Improve Brain Function, Lose Weight, Boost Your Mood, Reduce Stress, and Become a Better Sleeper

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Clever Gut Diet and “one of the world’s leading journalists covering nutrition and health” (Dr. Valter Longo, director of the University of Southern California Longevity Institute) presents a science-based sleep program designed to improve brain function, support weight loss, boost your mood, and reduce stress.

Getting a good night’s sleep is everyone’s daily goal. After all, it reduces your risk of depression, helps you fight chronic disease, improves your memory, and it just plain feels good. Yes, but if sleep can give us all these things and more, why is it that so many of us struggle to get the necessary seven to eight hours a night?

In Fast Asleep, Dr. Michael Mosley brings together the latest, groundbreaking science to explain exactly why it is so important that we regularly get enough sleep. Prone to insomnia, he has taken part in numerous sleep experiments and tested every sleep remedy. Combining personal insight and in-depth research, he explains why so many of us struggle with sleep, what works and what doesn’t, and shares his own myth-busting program to help you achieve a good night’s rest.

Filled with fascinating case studies, fifty delicious, sleep-promoting recipes, and more Fast Asleep is a complete resource that offers a range of tools for combating fatigue and tiredness. Simple, effective, and life-changing, this book explores the science of dreaming, explains why gut health and meal times matter, and reveals tips and tricks to help you not just to sleep better, but to reduce stress levels and feel happier and healthier in general.

Photograph by David Bostock

Dr Michael Mosley is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The FastDiet, FastExercise, FastLife, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, The Clever Gut Diet, The Fast800 Diet, and Covid-19. Dr. Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London before joining the BBC, where he spent three decades as a science journalist and executive producer. Now freelance, he is a well-known television personality and has won numerous television awards, including an RTS (Royal Television Award), and was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.

“A brilliantly informative book showing you how to boost your sleep and cure insomnia.”

– Daily Mail (London)

“Mosley’s first-hand experience of insomnia, and his search for answers, makes this book a real page turner. It will change many lives.”

– Prof. Barry Marshall, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine

“I read this eagerly because I am desperate for tips on how to sleep better. It is based around the revolutionary idea that when it comes to sleep what matters is not the hours you spend in bed but the quality of the sleep you are getting—your sleep efficiency. This book was full of surprises!”

– Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 presenter and broadcast journalist

“A fascinating and accessible book with some truly surprising findings. If you or someone you know struggles with poor sleep, this book is a must.”

– Prof. Felice Jacka, director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University

“This book is well written, well researched and very practical. It’s a down to earth guide to sleeping better written by a famous former insomniac. It covers the latest science and offers fascinating insights and many original tips.”

– Dr. Tim Spector, professor of genetics at Kings College, London

“I would highly recommend Fast Asleep as it is engaging, humorous, and a very relaxing read with practical advice on understanding every aspect of sleep and our friendly gut bacteria. Also full of very useful tips for parents.”

– Dr. Desiree Silva, professor of pediatrics at the University of Western Australia

“What a great book! The subject is fascinating and Dr. Michael Mosley has produced a clear and very entertaining guide to the dark mysteries of sleep and how to sleep your way to better health.”

– Dr. Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at the University of Newcastle

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