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The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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“Arianna shows that sleep is not just vital for our health, but also critical to helping us achieve our goals. Sometimes we need to sleep in to lean in!”
-- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In
"Arianna Huffington is one of our leading authorities on the life well-lived. In this passionate, deeply researched book, she reveals everything you need to know about the magic elixir of sleep: from how to get enough, to why it matters. I dare you to read this book and carry on depriving your body (and soul) of the nightly nourishment it so desperately needs."
-- Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of Quiet
“In this very thorough and highly readable book, Arianna Huffington explains the history, nature, and science of the sleep problem: why so many people today do not sleep well. And she gives us solutions in the form of evidence-based advice about what to do and what not to do to enjoy the restorative sleep we need. I recommend The Sleep Revolution highly.”
-- Andrew Weil, MD, author of Fast Food, Good Food
“Arianna Huffington has written a book of profound importance. From time to time we'll all find sleep comes hard. For many, it is a constant struggle. Taking Arianna's wise advice to rebuild your relationship with sleep— to befriend rather than struggle with it— will transform your life, putting you back in touch with your more compassionate and intelligent self.”
-- Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford and Co-author of The Mindful Way Workbook
“The message of Arianna Huffington’s compelling book won me over: You can be your own Prince Charming. You can empower yourself with knowledge— knowledge in this book— to wake yourself up. And then, use that knowledge to put yourself, every night, into a sleep that is healthy and restorative!”
-- Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT and author of Reclaiming Conversation
"Is inadequate sleep the new smoking? Ms. Huffington tackles the issue of our deteriorating sleep hygiene and its serious health and performance consequences in a comprehensive, engaging, and accessible book. A must read for everyone burning the candle on both ends.”
-- Gene Block, Chancellor of UCLA, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
“Science and experience proves it: the foundation of a happy, healthy, energetic, and productive life is a good night’s rest—yet for many of us, it’s hard to turn out the light and turn off our brains. The Sleep Revolution is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to build the crucial habit of sleep.”
-- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Propelled by cutting-edge science and brimming with wisdom and wit, The Sleep Revolution is the single best book about sleep in years. An extraordinary achievement.”
-- A. Roger Ekirch, author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past
“In her new book, The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington draws on a remarkable breadth and depth of science, literature, spirituality, and story to remind us that sleep is not just a restorative, but a threshold to the resources of life that wait below our noise. By looking honestly into her own journey, Arianna uncovers important markers in the human journey through detailed research, knit together in a way that broadens our foundation. The chapters ‘Sleep Throughout History’ and ‘Dreams’ are, by themselves, an invaluable contribution to our modern consciousness. The Sleep Revolution unravels the tense threads we tangle ourselves in, giving us a chance to re-engage the forces that sustain us. This book won’t just help you sleep better; it will enliven you while you’re awake.”
-- Mark Nepo, author of Inside the Miracle, The One Life We’re Given, and The Book of Awakening
“Count on Arianna Huffington to write a book on sleep that kept me up at night. The Sleep Revolution is invaluable, interesting, and ultimately necessary for us all. It explains why we are so tired and how that has to change. Here is the science, history, and culture of the role that sleep plays in our lives —and the role that it should really play.”
-- Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Surgeon, Researcher, and Author of Being Mortal
“A lucid, compelling, and rational narrative on the importance of sleep to our mental, emotional and physical health. In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington exposes the dangers of our modern-day attitude towards sleep and advocates for a renewed emphasis on the importance of sleep to our well-being. It is nothing short of a call to arms for policy makers, CEOs, parents, educators, hospital administrators, and coaches to confront the fact that insufficient sleep is a modern-day health crisis.”
-- Patrick Fuller, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Deaconess Medical Center
"This is one of those books that, if you don’t read, when you’re dead you’re really going to wish you had. I never thought I would have needed a self-help book for sleep, but I did! Sleep is everything – that’s my takeaway, and so you better know how to do it."
-- Bill Maher
About the Author
Arianna Huffington, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the founder of the health and wellness startup Thrive Global. She is the co-founder and former 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, The Committee to Protect Journalists and Uber.
Her 15th book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, was published in April 2016 and became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
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There is no filtering in a sense of the quality of studies and science that are referred to in the book. A lot of the author's claimed problems with our modern daily lives that prevent us from sleeping will probably just make you end up more paranoid about losing sleep and as a result have a harder time sleeping.
I recommend instead - say goodnight to insomnia by gregg jacobs. An author experienced in the subject and providing higher quality content in less words. Helped change my sleeping habits significantly.
So. Why would I read Arianna's book? Well, basically, because I had a suspicion that there was something in here that would address my strange relationship to sleep. And what did I find?
I've been UNSLEEPING myself to death for over half my life.
Well, that certainly got my attention. And now I get more sleep...I actively drag my unwilling self off to bed MUCH earlier than I have for the last several decades of my life. And yes, it makes a huge difference. I'm still a night owl, and ideally, I get my 9 hours by sleeping in (at least according to my early-bird family members), but this book has (excuse the pun) woken me up as to the devastating long-term damage that can happen through consistent lack of sleep.
And it was even more horrifying to me since I don't fit the pattern of the usual causes of sleep-loss: I don't have a smart phone, am not checking the computer late at night, do not suffer from insomnia or other cannot-fall-asleep situations, and yet, here I was getting far too little sleep.
There were some chapters less - ahem - riveting than others...the ones on our culture of over-work/too much device interaction are relevant for a lot of people, just not for me. The chapters on how the brain uses sleep to chemically function, repair itself and regenerate were my favourites (and the most acutely uncomfortable for me to read, based on my situation).
I never thought this book would tell me how to get to sleep - and it's NOT a HOW-TO SELF-HELP book - but this read certainly got my attention and got me to drag my head to the pillow! Sleep now or die.
Eighteen months ago I visited a Marriott and there was an information card on the bedside table, "Arianna Huffington's 8 tips for a better sleep."
I got more from that ( and did not see this in the book) than her book. I am going to list so you can save your money.
1. Set a cool room temperature.
2. No electronic devices starting 30 minutes before bedtime
3. No caffeine after 2 p.m.
4. Pajamas, nightdresses and even special t-shirts send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wear it to the gym, don't wear it to bed.
5 Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga or meditation to help your body and your mind transition to sleep.
6. When reading a book, make it a physical book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light.
7. Ease yourself into sleep mode by drinking some caffeine-free tea.
8. Before you turn off the lights, write a list of what you are grateful for.
These have worked for me. And her book put me to sleep too.
My biggest criticism is that some of the conclusions she made are a good idea in theory but in practice most working people can't entirely avoid. I agree that its always best to stay in bed to fend off a cold but that in the world where time off from work is measured most peoples best choice is to go into work pushing meds and tea. Most people would prefer to go home and sleep if they are tired but eating a candy bar helps them complete the task at hand. This sleep revolution certainly doesn't apply to the average person who needs to work for someone else!
In all honestly, it's a so-so book. It did educate me on the importance of sleep, and that prescription sleep aids are a problem, not a solution.
But I didn't get much by way of concrete ways to improve my sleep issues.