Top Sleep Myths I Learned While Researching My New Book

Excerpt: Chapter 1 of “Make Sleep Your Superpower”

Robert Roy Britt


Sleep is the most underrated activity that affects physical well-being, energy level, mood, memory and thinking skills — for people of any age. Good sleep puts you in charge of your emotions, your actions and reactions, your productivity, your entire day.

However, much of what you hear about sleep is wrong or misguided. Pharmaceutical companies and others who make money off the myths want you to think we’re all sleep-deprived zombies, that snoring is always a bad sign, that older people can’t sleep well, and that drugs or expensive devices are the best and only solutions.

In my new book, Make Sleep Your Superpower: A Guide to Greater Health, Happiness & Productivity, I debunk these and other common sleep myths and misconceptions, explain how sleep works and how much we really need, and what happens when we don’t get enough. I then lay out 20 practical, science-based strategies for falling asleep faster, sleeping more soundly, and sleeping efficiently — especially in the most restorative and rejuvenating stages of sleep, when your brain and body carry out most of the repair work necessary to allow you to be at the top of your game the next day.

Here is Chapter 1...

Good Sleep Doesn’t Just Happen

“What’s like a perfect day for you?” David Letterman asked Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the comedian and star of Seinfeld and Veep, in an interview for his Netflix show. Her reply came without hesitation. “A perfect day, let’s just say, just starts with a good night’s sleep.”

Pinning down the best strategy to cultivate a good night of sleep starts with being honest about the ways in which we sabotage it — the chronic conditions that intrude on our health along with the stupid things we do, knowingly or otherwise, the kryptonite that radioactively permeates our waking hours, eroding our superpower all through the night.

Whether you struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep or get the quality of sleep that supports perfect days, here’s some great news:

You don’t have to take lousy sleep lying down.

Get your head straight



Robert Roy Britt

Editor of Aha! and Wise & Well on Medium + the Writer's Guide at Author of Make Sleep Your Superpower: