Co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives--and even our sex lives in this New York Times bestseller.
We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, with profound consequences to our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What we need is nothing short of a sleep revolution: only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.
In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream. She takes on the sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.
The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that reveals the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health--from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.
In today's fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night’s sleep is more important--and elusive--than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.
Prompted by a frightening personal experience with exhaustion, Huffington Post founder Huffington (Thrive) synthesizes a vast array of sleep research and provides tips on maximizing sleep time in an increasingly deprived global culture. Noting that this deprivation is often "glamorized and celebrated" among go-getters, Huffington cites figures indicating that sleep-deprived people are less productive at work. She also lists health risks, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, as well as cognitive impairment on par with alcohol consumption. Huffington goes on to explore the history of sleep, from the ancient world to the Industrial Revolution, when sleep began to suffer. For science, she discusses circadian rhythms, sleep stages, and sleep disorders and their treatments. Tips on achieving better sleep habits are presented for different age groups, with parents encouraged to rethink how they approach putting their children to bed, and students to place more emphasis on sleep for a higher GPA. Much advice is familiar put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate but some is less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Huffington proves herself a powerful advocate for those suffering from what she identifies as the current "sleep crisis."
Great book if you want to take your sleeping to the next level
I found myself taking notes and trying new things to improve my sleep as I read this book. I consistently get 8 hours a night and am performing the best work of my life. While I don’t have days that I’m not tired I do feel much better and am always looking to improve my sleep hygiene and encourage others to do the same. I can’t count how my dinner parties I have attended where talk of sleep comes up and I tell people this book is a must read and I share some insights from it.
This book has improved my life immensely. I work third shift and the stress of sleep was cracking me. After reading The Sleep Revolution, I sleep peacefully each night. I was able to accept sleep as a tool for health and as a spiritual experience.
The Sleep Revolution
Thank you Adriana for waking me up to this subject!
- Mike Lorelli