It's not a stretch to say that the last few years have left Americans more tired than ever. However, for many people who have trouble sleeping, they are more than tired. Each night is an anxious odyssey where getting a good night's sleep feels like a battle to win rather than the easy and refreshing experience it should be. The problem is that too many people approach sleep as an issue of control rather than focusing on changing their relationship to sleep. The truth is that we all already know how to sleep – we don't need a formula to fix it, or a collection of tips to optimize it because perfection is neither necessary nor sufficient for sustainable sleep health.
Dr. Jade Wu, behavioral sleep medicine specialist and researcher, has helped hundreds of patients over the last ten years. Her debut book Hello Sleep: The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications (on-sale February 7, 2023 from St. Martin's Press; $28.99; ISBN 978-1250828408) is a guide for those with insomnia to help them shift their relationship with sleep to make it enjoyable and natural again. Even those without insomnia will find explanations and recommendations to improve their own sleep habits.