The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

By | September 9, 2016
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

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 sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.

From the Hardcover edition.

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3 thoughts on “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

  1. Classic
    124 of 134 people found the following review helpful
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    No filtering of the quality of studies and science she refers to, April 25, 2016
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    This review is from: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Kindle Edition)
    It’s like someone Googled everything the Internet had to say about sleep and pasted it into a book with minimal editing.

    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.

    Sleep well.

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  2. Sleep Doc
    92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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    Sweet Dreams are on the way, in The Sleep Revolution, April 14, 2016
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    As a practicing sleep specialist for the past 16 years I am often skeptical of new sleep books, especially from non-academic authors. This book was GREAT. I learned many new facts that I can share with my patients, friends and family. The tone of the book was both informative and conversational. Loaded with fascinating facts (and some scary ones) this book has appeal to readers of all ages, and in all stages of life. Huffington correctly defines our current Sleep Crisis in realistic, authentic stories and terms. She takes on the sleeping pill industry, and brings to light the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (something I use in my practice daily). Speaking of light, she also identifies how artificial light (from our devices to our bedside table lamps) effects our entire sleep environment, and how we need to seek alternate technologies to allow us to function without destroying our circadian rhythms. One of my favorite sections was entitled ” Our First Sleep Teachers”. Here we see the exploration of how important it is to have a positive conversation between parents and children on the topic of sleep. This conversation, and a parents actions, frame the child’s viewpoint of sleep for their future. I also like that she has paved the way for workplace wellness (years before this book came out) with nap rooms, and many other progressive programs for her employees. Finally, I give her great credit for creating a “Sleep Wish List” and actually giving a list of challenges we can all aspire toward. Arianna, thanks for the potential for some Sweet Dreams.
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  3. Palomar
    78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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    Why good sleep gives you a competive advantage at work, April 5, 2016
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    The big take away is that you can’t cheat sleep. Your performance and your health will suffer when you get less sleep than your body requires. Most Americans are getting less sleep than they should and their work performance and quality of life suffers as a result.

    What’s interesting is how celebrities, athletes and top executives increasingly view good sleep as a competitive advantage in their field. I was surprised to learn, for example, that sports teams increasingly hire sleep coaches to ensure that athletes sleep well. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks. Tom Brady goes to bed at 8:30 so he can think clearly. Google’s Eric Schmidt targets 8.5 hours of sleep every night.

    I read the book in one afternoon. It is well researched and supported by hundreds of references. Considering how much time we spend sleeping, this books is a high ROI investment.

    Update: I reread the book and followed some of the reference material. I wish there was greater discussion on the topic of accumulated sleep debt. How much sleep debt can I accumulate? What’s the best way to catch up? How long can it take to catch up?

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