We’ve all been there. The clock’s ticking as you lie awake waiting for sleep (you need your 8 hours) but your mind just won’t switch off. But never fear, books are here! Below are 6 books intended not to bore you to sleep, but to take your mind away from the day’s trials and troubles. Reach for one of these saviors next time insomnia strikes and wave goodbye to sleepless nights.
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
If you’ve yet to dive into this original tale that we all know and love, then now is the time! Travel down the rabbit hole and into the wacky world of Wonderland. Get lost in the weird and wonderful and before you know it, you’ll be fast asleep. Check out our review, here!
2. An Atlas of Tolkien by David Day
Everyone loves a little Lord Of The Rings now and again, but instead of rereading the original trilogy before bed, why not dive into something a little more fantastical? More than a collection of maps, this book delves into the mystical creation story of Middle Earth, adding layers of depth to a time before Frodo and the One Ring. Complete with beautiful illustrations, this guide is a window into another world.
3. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
This fictional collection of a young Albert Einstein’s dreams is a perfect vessel to sail you off to sleep. Mixing science and reality with the creativity of imagination, this bestseller is a magical addition to any bedside book collection. With pages full of imagined worlds and realities, Einstein’s Dreams will soon be inspiring you to dream up your own.
4. Dreamer’s Dictionary by Lady Stearn Robinson and Tom Corbett
Sticking with the dream theme, this handy dictionary literally gives you definitions for what elements of your dreams really mean. Whether you believe it or not, this book uses details of your dreams to predict your future, but aside from this it also makes for addictive reading. So have a browse before bed and maybe you’ll need it when you wake to unlock the secrets of your dreams.
5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
So Sherlock Holmes may not be the first to come to mind when considering night time reading but I feel it deserves a place on the list. The collection of short stories provides a bite-sized window into the whirlwind world of Victorian England, complete with the crime solving adventures of everyone’s favorite Holmes and Watson. Let Doyle’s timeless classic whisk you away into a mystery or two, until your whisked right off to sleep.
6. I Can’t Sleep Journal by Knock Knock
Ok this may not be a book in the storytelling sense but it is a useful last resort if all else fails you. This handy journal is a specifically designed space for you to write about what’s keeping you awake, in the hope that getting it out and onto paper will leave you feeling soothed enough to sleep. Next to every page the journal also includes quotes about insomnia from famous authors and thinkers which provides a further branch of thought to take you closer to sleep. (I actually have one of these and think it’s incredibly useful!)
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