the sleep revolution - book review

Arianna Huffington - The Sleep Revolution



I bought Arianna Huffington’s new book at the airport, on my way to catch a 3.5 hours flight. I thought I wanted to stay awake, and what better way than to read a book on “Sleep”, right?

As it turned out, the book did actually keep me awake throughout my flight and made me seriously ponder my sleep habits. I’ve never been the biggest sleep advocate, despite the fact I need at least 8 hours a night to feel switched on the next day. However, this book did change my mind on a few things...

It’s truly one of the most thoroughly researched books I’ve read in a while. At times, perhaps too researched. Its structure makes it a really easy read as well - Huffington discusses the lack of sleep, i.e. the current sleep crisis; the industry that’s arisen around sleep deprivation and ultimately how to get better sleep.

If you never saw yourself as a sleep advocate, this book will probably change your mind quickly. It will teach you to watch the number of coffee cups you consume in a day, to skip the late night movie in bed, and to stop using your smartphone last thing. Here are some of the tips Arianna recommends for better sleep:

  • Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool.
  • Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: Gently escort all devices completely out of your room.
  • Stop drinking caffeine after 2 p.m.
  • Don’t work in bed!
  • If you like to read in bed, choose a real book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light. And whatever you do - make sure it’s not work-related!
The quote "Sleep makes us better at our jobs while simultaneously reminding us that we are more than our jobs." from The Sleep Revolution

The book will also remind you that it’s those that get enough sleep that are more creative, more productive and ultimately happier - at work and outside of the workplace. If you praise yourself for getting by on a tiny amount of sleep, remember that every aspect of your life is better with more sleep.

You can buy the book here.

Or you can watch Arianna’s TED talk here: How to succeed? Get more sleep.

Teddy Todorova does Digital Marketing for Impact UK.