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    Best Books To Read When You Can’t Sleep

    Best Books To Read When You Can't Sleep


    What is it about reading before bedtime that is so relaxing? Propped on a pillow, snuggled up in your favourite pyjamas, a good book on your lap – the appeal is self-explanatory. That’s why we’ve rounded up ten titles to help you unwind before you catch some shut-eye.

    It’s been proven that reading can help to improve your health in many different ways. Reading can help to decrease blood pressure and lower heart rate. In fact, studies have shown that reading for as little as six minutes before bedtime reduces stress by 68%.


    woman reading book in bed to help sleep


    With this in mind, the research team at OTTY Sleep have brought together the best bedtime reading books for a peaceful night sleep (if you can put them down)! Sometimes it’s as simple as swapping a nighttime social media scroll for a good book.*

    Quiet by Fearn Cotton

    Do you think you could have a more positive mindset? This read from Sunday Times Bestselling author Fearn Cotton provides expert advice for those who feel overwhelmed by modern society’s demands.

    Mental health affects one in four people, but through reading, you can bring down stress levels, sleep better and improve productivity. Fearn creates a well-rounded experience for readers which provides techniques to quiet the mind, relax the body, help you to let go of everyday stress and ‘tame the bad inner voice’.

    Price: £4.99 Paperback

    Buy here: Amazon

    No Such Thing as Normal by Bryony Gordon

    If you feel like you’re in a physical and mental state of lockdown fatigue, infuriated by the news cycle, the uncertainty of the pandemic and staying home – well you are not alone. Many people worldwide are experiencing loneliness during lockdown, affecting children and adults’ mental health and well-being.

    Author Bryony Gordon released No Such Thing as Normal to provide readers with practical advice on coping with mental health effects. The book targets subjects such as sleep, addiction, worry, medication, self-image, boundary setting, therapy, learned behaviour, mindfulness, walking, and talking.

    Price: £11.99 Hardback

    Buy here: Whsmith

    Book CoversThe Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

    If you prefer relaxing fantasy fiction, this book is the perfect pick. Author Imogen Hermes Gowar takes you on a journey back to London 1785, where readers come up against engaging characters filled with obsession and passion.

    The story follows merchant Jonah Hancock and high society member Angelica Nealas as they move in opposite social circles, until the arrival of a mythical creature pushes them both onto the same path.

    Price: £8.99 Paperback

    Buy here: Waterstones

    The Psychopath by Mary Turner Thomson

    Based on a true story, The Psychopath uncovers the shattered life of Mary Turner Thomson, the beloved wife who discovered her husband was a bigamist, con man and sex offender. The story follows Mary as she begins a new chapter in her life, helping others stay clear of her ex-husband’s devastating ways.

    Price: £3.99 Paperback

    Buy here: Amazon

    Book CoversGrown Ups by Marian Keyes

    We’re creeping up on a year of lockdown. That’s almost 365 days of uncertainty, staying home and life-altering changes to society. If you’re seeking escapism, reading is a handy tool in maintaining a sense of calm.

    The Sunday Times No1 Bestseller Grown Ups provides readers with an adventure into another life, through Johnny Casey’s journey, his brothers Ed and Liam, their talented wives and children with whom they spend lots of time together.

    The family’s lives unravel as Ed’s wife Cara, gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts and feelings to herself – with uncontrolled thoughts comes a lot of unwanted drama for the characters.

    Price: £4.49 Paperback

    Buy here: Amazon

    The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

    If you want to silence the mind and reduce anxiety before bedtime, then you need to pick up the Sunday Times bestseller The Beekeeper. The fiction story explores the broken lives of a family separated by war and confronted by pain, loss and danger in a journey to find each other again.

    Price: £7.49 Paperback

    Buy here: Waterstones

    Grown Ups & The Beekeeper of AleppoIkigai by Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles

    For those with insomnia, getting out of bed in the morning is always a challenge, especially on a cold, groggy winter day.

    ‘Ikigai’ is the Japanese phrase for a reason to jump out of bed in the morning, something we have all struggled to find during the coronavirus lockdown. This book by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles helps readers discover their own ‘Ikigai’, a motivational reason to find joy and meaning in every single day.

    Price: £9.79 Hardcover

    Buy here: Amazon

    Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now by Jill Weber

    If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety at bedtime, then Be Calm: Proven Techniques to stop Anxiety Now is a hugely popular read that reduces panic symptoms, avoidance behaviour and worried thoughts.

    In a tone, both educational and deeply personal, Psychologist Jill Weber implements useful and practical strategies to help readers control anxiety symptoms through evidence-based techniques and studies.

    Price: £12.55 Paperback

    Buy here: Amazon

    Ikigai and be calm


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