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The Circadian Code

Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight
Written by: Satchin Panda PhD
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 or 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. 

Beginning with an in-depth explanation of the circadian clock - why it's important, how it works, and how to know it isn't working - The Circadian Code outlines lifestyle changes to make to get back on track. It's a concrete plan to enhance weight loss, improve sleep, optimize exercise, and manage technology so that it doesn't interfere with your body's natural rhythm. Dr. Panda's life changing methods show you how to prevent and reverse ailments like diabetes, cancer, and dementia, as well as microbiome conditions like acid reflux, heartburn, and irritable bowel disease.

©2018 Satchin Panda, PhD (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Interesting content, terrible narration.

incredibly annoying voice...drags out the end of each sentence a few milliseconds too long. no passion...could be computer generated. ruins the book. would have been much better if the author read it. sounds weird to have a western voice read about life as a child in India. won't bother finishing.

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Reasons to switch from being an owl to a lark

Or more precisely, what are the medical reasons why it is useful, perhaps essential even, to harmonize one's daily schedule to the solar rhythm and limiting eating to a specific duration.

Content (overall): Actionable and supported by svientific studies. It purports to provide key information in a practical program. Because regularizing my sleep schedule is something that I need to do after 38 years of not doing so, the goal of this book is perfect for my needs. But I think of this book as an adjunct to the app affiliated to Salk Institute which is monitoring my attempt to change. Be warned - you have to have a smartphohe, using a tablet the app is seni-functional. I think a text version would be a better chouce (references, for one) so I will get the Kindle if available.
Very good.

Narration (perfornance): Nasal, strange intonation - from Ohio? Doesn't matter what speed I play it at, he sounds weird to me.
Not comfortable to my ear.

Writing (story): The grammar is correct, the vocabulary understandable. He doesn't ramble (although he does repeat). The author is a scientist writing a non-fiction book. I don't expect William Faulkner. But in truth I found it a bit dry. He won't win any 'fascinate the layman by writing how-to health books' awards.
Good enough.

Weaknesses: Only one - paddedness. Here is what I picture happened over the phone...

Publisher: Dr. Panda we need X more pages.
Doctor: I have already said what needs to be said. It could be half the length, even a third and accomplish the same goal.
Publisher: We have rules. The book has to be between X and Y pages.
Doctor: What do you expect me to do?
Publisher: Add some diet advice?
Doctor: But this isn't a diet book.
Publisher: We need X more pages
Doctor: OK, but I think it will detract from the message of the book - that in addition to when one sleeps, it's less important what you eat than when.
Publisher: Do what you can...

2 weeks later...

Publisher: We got the additions, chapter six
Doctor: Good
Publisher: Ah, actually we are two pages short.
Doctor: mhmm..
Publisher: We have rules.
Doctor: Sorry, there is nothong more I can do.
Publisher: How about we go through the dictionary and list every healthy food that you recommend?
Doctor: (silence)
Publisher: We'll do it for you. All you have to do is approve or edit the list.

Oh, and why is the subject called 'Circadian Code' rather than 'circadian rhythm'? I suspect this is more of a marketing than scientific matter.

The book, as useful as the information is, was not the fundamental inspiration to put the plan into action. That took a family reason - avoiding mental illness.

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phenomenal read!!!

So happy I read this book in my journey to better my health and the health of my family. packed full of amazing science fact and useful biological information.

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  • Just a guy
  • 2018-07-20

Poor narration of a great book

I started reading the Circadian Code on Kindle. It's superbly written, making some very complex circadian science easy to understand and interesting. So I got the Audible version so that I could listen to it. Unfortunately the narrator gives this a cold read that loses the liveliness of the book. You almost feel like the narrator doesn't really like the book. Really unfortunate. After listening to a chapter of it I stopped listening and won't go back to the Audible edition. Best to read it myself.

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  • Dave
  • 2018-08-06

READ THIS BOOK FOR BETTER HEALTH

Reading this book will improve your life! For the past 100 years we have been focused on what to eat and what to do for better health. And especially in the past 30 years we (Americans in particular) have gotten sicker.

Sure our lifespans have increased, although I head the 2018 is likely to mark the first time in American history where the average lifespan has decreased 3 straight years, but what about health span.

One does not need to run a double blind controlled experiment to see that Americans are fatter and sicker at an earlier age than at anytime in recent memory.

I believe a large reason is that we got WHAT we should eat very wrong. But that is a topic for another review on another book (like What the Heck Should I eat by Dr. Mark Hyman.)

If you eat a Vegan, Paleo, Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) or are totally confused about what a healthy diet looks like and just want to enjoy what you eat, following Dr. Panda's advice of WHEN to eat, exercise and sleep will improve your health and life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-03

I couldn’t stop listening...

If you want to change your life without a lot of effort, this book is for you. If you don’t like the narrator, don’t let that stop you from listening. The content is that good.

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  • Kathleen Dodge
  • 2018-08-21

It all makes sense now

I loved this audio book. It gives me hope ! I have suffered for years with a broken sleep pattern . Never imaging that TRE could help . I am a 57 year old female and am about 50lbs over weight. I have tried many diets over the years as well as the Keto diet and fasting . I have lost the same 20 to 30 lens many times never quite reaching my goal and always gaining a little more back . I think my lack of sleep has been by biggest obstacle. If I could sleep I think my whole life would be different.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-31

Awesome!

loved it, full of great information presented very assessably! would highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • JayInTX
  • 2019-02-14

False promises?

Ok - I am sure circadian rythms are real and I am sure they are important for health. I also believe that disrupting your circadian rythm can lead to negative health consequences. However, it feels like this book is trying to tie just about every health issue to circadian disruption and supports fads that do not otherwise have a lot of scientific backing at this time.

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  • Dave O
  • 2018-09-13

Very informative

I am going to follow this approach to improve my Circadian Rhythm and my overall health!

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  • ruchii
  • 2018-08-11

Life changing for anyone at anyage at any level.

Kumar

I belive this book crakes the fundamental code that helps to improve health and well being of Humankind in a natural way.

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  • Amazonuser
  • 2019-05-01

Good information

I enjoyed the information provided in the book but had a hard time getting past the narrator’s voice. I thought that I was experiencing one of those bad driving safety films from high school.

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  • Find a Path with Heart
  • 2019-02-26

Very clear actionable information to improve your health in non-complex ways

This book provides very clear, actionable information you can apply to your life without having to do as many “what about this?” and “what about that?” decisions as you often have to make with health books.

This book should increase your optimism about your ability to get better in a straightforward manner. I have been applying the information on time-restricted eating and regular bed times with good results for my health and weight.

The only drawback is in the audiobook: the reader stresses/increases tension on the next to last word in many sentences instead of just making them declarative statements. The tension can transfer to the listener — it’s the same effect as when your third-grade teacher was fussing at everyone for not getting the point of a lesson. Unfortunate.

Nevertheless this book is totally worth reading or listening to.

Thank you Dr. Panda!

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