By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Arianna Huffington is empowering women around the world to take care of their health through SLEEP! Her new book, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time” was inspired by her own experience of not sleeping enough, to the point where she collapsed of exhaustion.
Arianna Huffington thinks you need more sleep, and she’s probably right.
We are a chronically under-slept nation, carving out far too little time for it, and turning to prescriptions and pricey mattress emporiums when that time is largely spent tossing and turning.
With her new book, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time” (Harmony Books), Huffington hopes to change all that.
“A huge cultural shift is needed,” she told me recently. “Part of it has to be around workplaces, and the recognition that if you want productive, healthy employees, you can’t expect them to be always on. But we all have our own decisions to make too, because we have more discretionary time than we acknowledge.”
Americans hold too tightly to a “time is money” ideal, Huffington maintains, treating sleep as lost time, rather than a necessary period of neurological activity, renewal, memory consolidation, neurochemical cleansing and cognitive maintenance, for starters.
“Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution,” she writes, “we have treated (sleep) like some dull, distant relative we visit only reluctantly and out of obligation, for as short a time as we can manage.”
Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, rather famously collapsed from exhaustion in 2007, an experience she wrote about in her last book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder” (Harmony Books). She considers the collapse a wake-up call, and she hopes “The Sleep Revolution” will convince the rest of us to put a premium on sleep.