“We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis,” warns Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post – and author of her newest book, The Sleep Revolution.
Throughout the pages of her book, Arianna shares poignant stories and fascinating research explaining the huge (and often under-appreciated) role sleep plays in our lives – influencing a varied range of things like job performance, creativity, mood, love life, sex life, mental clarity andoverall health.
Arianna first became aware of the dangers of sleep deprivation back in 2007 – when one day she suddenly collapsed at her desk – and awoke in a pool of blood, with a broken cheekbone.
Back then Arianna was regularly only sleeping about three to four hours a night, then drinking lots of coffee – to fuel her ability to lead her media empire, fly around the world for various events, and parent her two daughters.Shortly after the broken cheekbone incident, Arianna met with doctors who made it clear that she needed to create a healthier sleep routine.
Arianna began with small steps: adding 30 minutes more sleep nightly and taking her phone and computer out of her bedroom. Soon she found herself to be more productive, more creative, more happy – and less cranky, less irritable, less reactive.
In her new book, Arianna explains how there’s a “collective delusion that overwork and burnout are theprice we must pay in order to succeed.” Arianna believes the time has come to call for a sleep revolution – where our world fully celebrates the many positive powers of sleep.
“More and more human functions are being taken over by machines,” Arianna says, “so human beings will be increasingly valued for their creativity, for deeper contributions that are going to be much harder – if we’re not connected to a deeper part of ourselves.”
Happily Arianna reports that already there’s been a shift in our world’s reverence of sleep. For example, the first sleep center was founded at Stanford in 1970. Now in 2016, there are more than 2,500!
There’s an old Irish expression… “A good laugh and a good long sleep are the 2 best cures for anything.”
Arianna’s book offers a lot of research and stories to highly support that saying.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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