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

A clear overview of the science of circadian rhythms and related forces shows how sleep, light, travel across time zones, shift work, and other factors affect our mood, and lives, across the lifespan.

Internal Time

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

This explanation of the mechanisms of circadian and sleep timing comes from a scientist who has worked all levels of analysis—from molecular to mathematical to epidemiological—and complements our emphasis on the bridge to mental health practice.

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 a scientist-journalist collaboration, the authors reveal the vital role of biological clocks, the strategies scientists are using to understand them, and the health risks that arise from malfunctioning clockwork.

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

This exposition of the internal calendar in plants and animals shows how it is synchronized by passage of the seasons, seasonal adaptations in biology and behavior, and the threat to the system by climate change.

Sleep: A Very Short Introduction

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

Two scientists from two labs delve into the biological and psychological aspects of sleep, and the causes and consequences of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation.

Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder, 4th edition

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

The now classic, but updated, explanation of winter depression cycles, with case histories (including the author’s own) has advice for management—from light therapy to medications to psychotherapy to diet and exercise, and more.