WASHINGTON - The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. But in an average week - between work, family, and our phones - it just doesn't happen. The result - major consequences that impact our health, job performance, relationships and happiness.
That’s where Arianna Huffington steps in. The co-founder of the Huffington Post is out with her new book - The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. In it, she discusses the link between sleep and success and the vital role sleep plays in every waking moment of our lives.
SLEEP DEPRIVED CULTURE
The culture in which we live does not value sleep, said Huffington when she visited the set of GoodDayDC. “Men brag about how much sleep they need and they wear it like a badge honor. You congratulate people for working 24-7, which now scientists tell us is the equivalent of coming to work drunk.”
Her realization of the importance of sleep came to her after she fell victim to exhaustion. “I collapsed from exhaustion and sleep deprivation; hit my head on the way down; broke my cheek bone. As I came to, in my own pool of blood, I had to recognize that I had become a victim of this delusion that I had to burn out to succeed - which is totally untrue,” she said.
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
That scary incident was the catalyst Huffington needed to begin using the science of sleep to regain control of her life.
She did so by developing these steps – some of which are surprisingly simple:
#1. Keep bedroom dark, quiet, cool
#2. No electronic devices 30 minutes before bed
#3. Don't charge phone next to bed
#4. No caffeine after 2 p.m.
#5. No work in bed (Remember your bed is for SEX and SLEEP only, she says)
#6. No pets in bed
#7. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts, cold shower
#8. Wear PJs to bed (Rekindle your romance with sleep)
#9. Light stretching, deep breathing (Slow down the brain)
#10. When reading, make it a real book (Not an iPad)
#11. Ease into sleep with some tea
#12. Before bed, list what you're grateful for (3 things – even little things, Arianna said)
The bottom line is that a clear line between day and sleep is needed.
Get more about the book here: http://ariannahuffington.com/books/the-sleep-revolution-hc
Check out Arianna Huffington on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ariannahuff