Recommended Reading for the Public

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Reset Your Inner Clock: The Drug-Free Way to Your Best-Ever Sleep, Mood and Energy

Michael Terman and Ian McMahan. New York: Avery, 2013

Sleep problems and depressed mood go hand in hand, forming a frustrating cycle. Michael Terman has analyzed the brain functions that feed these disorders. In Reset Your Inner Clock, he reveals the heart of his findings, a powerful program that recalibrates our internal clocks–our exquisitely designed sensitivity to the timing and brightness of light exposure. He shows how these need to be tuned to the modern demands of a 24/7 society.

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Chasing the Sun: The new science of sunlight and how it shapes our bodies and minds

Linda Geddes. Profile Books Ltd, London; Welcome Collection, 2019 

Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. Little wonder then that humans have long worshipped and revered our nearest star: life itself arose on earth because its relationship with the sun was a special one, and that relationship still affects us well into the era of electric lighting, indoor workdays, and vitamin D supplements.

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The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight

Satchin Panda, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA. Rodale Books; Reprint edition, 2020   

Like most people, you probably wake up, get hungry for meals and doze off in bed around the same time every day. If you’ve ever experienced jet lag or pulled an all-nighter, you know that this schedule can easily be thrown off kilter. But for some people, that imbalance—difficulty sleeping at night, hunger at odd times, or sudden fatigue at noon—is a constant. If you’re one of those people, Dr. Satchin Panda, one of the leading researchers on circadian rhythms, has a plan to reset your body clock.

Internal Time

Till Roenneberg. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012

Winner of a British Medical Association Book Award
A Brain Pickings Best Science Book of the Year

Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns may be the most obvious manifestation of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition.

Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005

In this fascinating book, the chronobiologist Russell Foster and the journalist Leon Kreitzman explain the significance of the biological clock, showing how it has played an essential role in evolution and why it continues to play a vitally important role in all living organisms.

Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010

How do plants and animals “know” that the seasons will change? How do seasonal changes affect humans? What happens when the timing of seasonal events is altered? Just as daily events are timed by living creatures through circadian rhythms, so seasonal events are timed through an internal calendar that signals birds to return to nesting grounds, salmon to spawn, plants to flower, squirrels to hibernate, kelp to stop growing.

Sleep: A Very Short Introduction

Russell G. Foster and Steven W. Lockley. London: Oxford University Press, 2012

Why do we need sleep? What is sleep? What happens when we don’t get enough? Two chronobiologists seek the answers.

Winter Blues, Fourth Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Norman E. Rosenthal. New York: Guilford Press, 2012

Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal is the pioneer of light therapy in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). He reviews the research and provides information about treatment possibilities.