I was fortunate enough to sit down with Arianna Huffington for an extended interview to discuss the #SleepRevolution. She was able to expand on her personal experience with sleep deprivation and explained how prioritizing sleep will benefit your education, work, and social life.
Changing our bad habits with sleep is not something we can change quickly. Here are some constructive ways from Arianna's Huffington's book The Sleep Revolution, to help you consistently get a good night sleep on a daily basis.
Recently The New York Times had a terrific article in the Sunday Style section about Monotasking. Yes, that is actually a thing. The antithesis of multi-tasking -- monotasking -- in case it has been so long that you actually need a definition -- is doing only one thing at a time. Radical -- I know.
After pouring through The Sleep Revolution, fostering more sleep at home seems like a no-brainer and there's no prescription needed. Small changes, beginning with dispelling the collective delusion that less sleep equals more productivity, can lead to big life shifts and may even make for a complete cultural sleep revolution.
"Sleep is the best meditation" -- Dalai Lama "The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep" -- Woody Allen Al...
Getting enough sleep becomes a responsibility -- not merely a choice -- and parents should instill the importance of sleep in children at a very young age. Adults need to set an example for their children by unplugging from electronics at least an hour before bedtime, and keeping regular sleep schedules that nourish their minds and bodies.
Now, if only this practice of baths and adequate sleep would go viral, spreading relaxation, reason, and calm throughout the land....
Remember, those who have good sleep habits are the sturdiest ones. Challenge yourself to sleep seven to nine hours every night.
So I want to declare here and now that I am an Olympic sleeper, surely deserving of a gold medal, and, thanks to Arianna, I can say it out loud and repeatedly.
It started with my own painful wakeup call. On the morning of April 6, 2007, I was lying on the floor of my home office in a pool of blood. On my way down, my head had hit the corner of my desk, cutting my eye and breaking my cheekbone.
This is the kind of book everybody needs on their bedside table. The good sleepers and the bad sleepers. We all need to know why sleep is so important, what it means, and how it can change our lives.
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Arianna's book came to me at a critical time in my academic and professional career, when sleep is often sacrificed for other demands and responsibilities. This movement has shown me the restorative power of sleep.
Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.
I'm regularly being transported between points A and B by people I've never met and will likely never see again. Usually that's not a problem, but every now and then, #DrowsyDriving catches up and it becomes life threatening. Here's what happened to me.
How many hours of sleep should I get? How do I sleep better? If all these practices are effective, why aren't college students using them? The answer will surprise you.