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The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time Paperback – April 4, 2017
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We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis writes Arianna Huffington the co founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post And this has profound consequences on our health our job performance our relationships and our happiness What is needed she boldly asserts is nothing short of a sleep revolution Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives In her bestseller Thrive Arianna wrote about our need to redefine success through well being wisdom wonder and giving Her discussion of the importance of sleep as a gateway to this more fulfilling way of living struck such a powerful chord that she realized the mystery and transformative power of sleep called for a fuller investigation 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 is revealing 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 The Sleep Revolution Arianna 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 She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream She takes on the dangerous 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 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 sle
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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.
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!
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.
I gave it 4 stars because while the research backing her statements is solid - it was almost too much. Every other sentence would refer back to a study, which inhibited the flow of the reading for me. Overall though, -absolutely worth a read!