In 2007, Arianna Huffington – the co-founder, former president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group – collapsed from sleep deprivation and broke her cheekbone. As she recovered, she started studying the scientific connections between well-being and productivity. This led to her writing Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Sleep was just one of the subjects in the book, but as she went around the country on her book tour, it was the one topic that everyone wanted to discuss. “Everywhere I went, I’d hear versions of what one young woman said to me after a reading in San Francisco, ‘I don’t remember the last time I was not tired.’” Huffington realized that the role of sleep in our lives needed a fuller exploration. In 2016 she wrote The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time.
Today, Huffington is committed to ending the delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. Through her company Thrive Global she is helping to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. “We know that when we prioritize our well-being, our decision-making, creativity and productivity improve dramatically,” she says.
Ready to join the revolution, reclaim your life and move from merely surviving to thriving? Wondering how to start? Arianna Huffington shares five tips for getting a great night’s sleep.
1. Keep the bedroom dark, quiet and cool (60–67 degrees).
2. Avoid electronic devices starting 30 minutes before bedtime.
3. Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: Gently escort all devices completely out of your bedroom.
4. Avoid caffeine after 2pm.
5. 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.