Arianna is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and the book was inspired by the day in 2007 when she collapsed from exhaustion and how that became her wake-up call. She wrote about the experience in her #1 New York Times bestselling book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and as she traveled the country talking with people, the issue that folks brought up most often was sleep and how they weren’t getting enough of it.
The Sleep Revolution
Arianna learned how to prioritize sleep after her collapse, going from a sleep amateur to sleep pro. She also wanted to help the rest of us prioritize sleep by writing The Sleep Revolution.
It may seem books like The Sleep Revolution are preaching to the choir, but Huffington’s tried and true advice is what Elle compares to a good mattress: supportive, yet firm! She’s our coach, personal sleep evangelist, and champion. She compiles the latest research about just how sleep-deprived we are, the havoc it wrecks on us personally and collectively, and uses the latest cutting-edge research and science to lay out a road map of practical tips to help us get to sleep.
☽ Sleep is a fundamental and non-negotiable human need.
☽ When we walk through the door of our bedroom, we will leave the day, with all of its problems and unfinished business behind!
☽ A good day starts the night before.
☽ Sleep allows us to see the world with fresh eyes and a reinvigorated spirit.
☽ We may be what we eat, but also, to be sure, we are how we sleep.
☽ Exhaustion is a sign of chaos, not a badge of honor.
☽ The bedroom is for sleep, not for work.
☽ We will usher our smartphones out of the bedroom when we go to bed.
☽ We will not drive if we are drowsy!
☽ Great pajamas are a great investment!
☽ We will choose sleep over busywork!
☽ Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool – between 60 and 67 degrees.
☽ No caffeine after 2 P.M.
☽ No electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime.
☽ Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: gently escort all devices completely out of your bedroom.
☽ Remember, your bed is for sleep and intimacy only – no work!
☽ Sorry, Mr. Snuffles! No pets on the bed.
☽ Take a hot bath with Epsom salts before bed to help calm your mind and body.
☽ Pajamas, nightgowns, and even special t-shirts send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wore it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed.
☽ Do some light stretching, deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help your body and mind transition to sleep.
☽ When reading in bed, make it a real book, or an e-readers that does not emit blue light. Also, make sure it’s not related to work. Instead, read novels, philosophy, or poetry – anything but work!
☽ Ease yourself into sleep mode by drinking chamomile or lavender tea.
☽ Write a list of what you’re grateful for before bedtime. This ensures that your blessings get the closing scene of the night.
About Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books.
In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists.