From renowned ABC News anchor/correspondent and former insomniac Diane Macedo, comes a practical, user-friendly guide to getting better sleep. The Sleep Fix flips the switch on common advice, illuminating the reporter’s relentless search for how to get a good night’s sleep and the surprising, scientific, and practical solutions she found along the way.
Roughly thirty percent of the population is estimated to be living with insomnia, while many more unknowingly suffer from other sleep disorders. In The Sleep Fix, Macedo aims to change that with perspective-shifting research and easy-to-implement solutions based not just on science and experts, but also her own years-long struggle.
As an early-morning reporter and overnight news anchor, Macedo learned the hard way how valuable sleep is, and how it affects everything from our heart to our brain to our immune system. The longer Macedo struggled, the more her health deteriorated. Desperate, she tried standard sleep tip after standard sleep tip, but nothing worked - instead, it made her worse.
Finally, after developing a tolerance to sleeping pills, Macedo decided to attack the problem as a journalist, interviewing sleep experts from all over the world to get to the bottom of what really keeps us from sleeping—and the various ways to fix it.
As Macedo explains, the solution to catching zzz’s isn’t as simple as giving up caffeine, or putting away your phone before bed. With her down-to-earth explanations and humor, she instead teaches us how to:
• Understand sleep biology
• Identify sleep obstacles
• Flag sleep myths and separate fact from fiction
• Try counterintuitive approaches
• Shift our mindset
Most importantly, Macedo — a busy, working mom — teaches us how to adjust and fit these solutions into our everyday lives. Offering expert wisdom, cutting-edge research, intimate sleep stories from public figures, and actionable advice, The Sleep Fix is the tell-it-like-it-is guide this sleep-deprived world has been waiting for.
Sleep is the apex predator of healthy habits. Often overlooked, but massively important. Using both anecdote and science, my longtime colleague Diane Macedo offers up a series of wise and flexible approaches we can all customize to our own benefit. — Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier
My esteemed colleague Diane Macedo has certainly done her homework. Like many, I have sleep issues. After reading The Sleep Fix I no longer dread hitting the sack. Surprising solutions indeed! — Robin Roberts, ABC's Good Morning America
Take it from a narcoleptic, this book is so important. The Sleep Fix not only has the basis of credibility coming from Diane, a mother and a master of overnight shifts, but it focuses on what should be the base of our health pyramid: identifying and addressing our sleep problems in order to get quality sleep. — Ginger Zee, ABC News Chief Meteorologist
The Sleep Fix is a pleasantly informative read that provided me with something I didn’t know I needed: a reeducation on how to sleep! — Kofi Kingston, WWE Superstar
I’ve been waiting for a book like The Sleep Fix. Diane delivers science-based and down-to-earth explanations for how the most common sleep disorders work, often in ways that are, frankly, much better than many of us sleep specialists have done. It’s filled with concrete solutions based on research and clinical wisdom gathered from dozens of the sleep medicine field’s top minds. Diane’s compassionate, authoritative, yet humorous voice imbues her message with real hope—if she can overcome her sleep problems, so can her readers. — Jade Wu, PHD, clinical psychologist and board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist
The advice in this book is absolutely spot on. Diane Macedo shows an impressive knack for distilling sleep science into straightforward advice. — Jennifer Mundt, PhD, Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Northwestern University
A practical, entertaining, and encouraging book about getting better sleep. Instead of rehashing the same old sleep hygiene cliches, The Sleep Fix gives actionable, straightforward advice based on good science and thoughtful personal experience. As a psychologist who specializes in insomnia, there aren't many books about sleep I recommend—but this will definitely be one of them. — Nick Wignall, board-certified psychologist specializing in treatment of anxiety and insomnia
In The Sleep Fix Macedo combines an authentic portrayal of her personal experiences overcoming insomnia with simple, actional advice from leading experts in sleep science. With a 'no fluff' approach, The Sleep Fix clears up much of the confusion around insomnia by righting the ill-advice that is rampant online. Macedo provides an extensive list of practical sleep tips combining science, expert advice, and anecdotal experience. She explains in detail how these sleep tips work so readers can easily tailor them to suit their life circumstances. For individuals suffering insomnia, especially those working night shifts this book could literally be a lifesaver. — Dr. Thomas Dickson (Phd), Musicologist at the University of New South Wales
Mixes personal anecdotes… with surprising tips… It’s a winning formula. — Booklist
"The suggestions in this book encompass every area of sleep disturbance and should be tried at once!" — San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Diane Macedo is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and is currently an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, appearing on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, World News Now, and America This Morning, as well as breaking news reports. She’s also an anchor for ABC News Live, where she hosts ABC New Live Update, The Breakdown, and covers breaking news and special events. An alum of Boston College, she lives in New York City with her family.