*** GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED***
It’s the second week of our Sleeptember campaign and we’ve a great giveaway for you thanks to the book publishers Oneworld Publications.
To celebrate we’re giving five lucky people the chance win a set of books, The Secret Life of Sleep, The Book of Night Women and The Elusive Language of Ducks.
As it’s Sleeptember and we’re promoting the healthy benefits of sleep, we’re challenging you to put down ALL gadgets before bed – from notepads, gaming machines, TV’s and most importantly mobile phones – and instead set aside an hour or so before bed to read.
We’re a nation of techies but unfortunately with this comes the inability to ‘switch off’ before bed. A reported 95% of us spend our final hour in bed checking social media, emails, playing games on our mobile, yet it’s these things that stop us falling asleep. Exposure to even the weakest glow at night – for example, the notification light flashing on your mobile next to your bed – can unconsciously play havoc with your body’s circadian rhythms, keeping you alert when you should be sleepy.
Winding down before bed is extremely important when it comes to getting a good quality night’s sleep and we’re strong advocates of reading before bed to help relax mind and body.
Here’s some more information on the books:
The Elusive Language of Ducks by Judith White
As if it will make up for her loss, they bring Hannah a duckling to care for. They were well meaning, and it could have done the trick. However, Hannah’s focus on the duck progressively alienates those around her. As the duck takes over her world, past secrets are exposed. Will Hannah’s life unravel completely? This funny, moving and insightful novel contemplates the chemistry between one person and another: a man and another man’s wife; a woman and a duck; a woman and her dead mother; a drug addict and his drug. Beautifully written, it is a penetrating and compassionate view of marriage, dependency, obsession, addiction, and love.
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Described by the New York Times as “both beautifully written and devastating”, The Book of Night Women is a startling, hard-edged dissection of slavery – a tour de force of voice and storytelling. At the heart of the novel is the extraordinary character of Lilith, a spirited slave girl struggling to transcend the violence into which she is born, her story narrated in one of the boldest literary voices to grace the page. Overflowing with high drama and heartbreak, at its centre is the conspiracy of the Night Women, a clandestine council of fierce slave women plotting an island-wide revolt. Rebellions simmer, incidents of sadism and madness run rampant, and the tangled web of power relationships dramatically unravels amid dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion.
The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff
Embark on an exploration of what lies behind our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep. What makes us cross the line from waking to slumber? According to Harvard scientists it’s our ‘sleep switch’ – a cluster of neurons in the hypothalamus. For the ancient Greeks it was the god Hypnos, caressing you with his wings. For the Blackfeet Indians, a butterfly. From the meaning of dreams to the dangers of sleeping pills, Kat Duff brings insights from the latest in sleep science, the paintings of Salvador Dali, the musings of Michel de Montaigne, and rituals from around the world to paint a portrait of an activity that we all cherish but know little about. Why do we sleep? What happens in our brains when we sleep? Why are sleep patterns in Western industrialised countries so unhealthy? Is the boundary between sleep and wakefulness as clear cut as we might have supposed? Tackling the full breadth of what sleep means to us, The Secret Life of Sleep blends cutting-edge research with captivating narrative to explore a hidden world that is both intimate and mysterious.
For more information visit www.oneworld-publications.com
The competition closes at 1pm on Friday 12th September. Winners will be announced on The Sleep Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages by 3pm. To enter you must follow AND retweet on Twitter OR like AND share on Facebook.
This draw is not open to employees, partners and associated agents of The Sleep Council or anyone concerned with this promotion or to members of any of our sponsors’ products. Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.
Sorry, no cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.
The closing date is 1pm on 12/09/2014. The winner will be drawn at random.
The competition winner will be notified by 3pm on 12/09/2014. If the Promoter is not able to get in contact with the winner within 14 days, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner will be drawn. It is the winner’s responsibility to notify the Promoter of any change in contact information.
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