The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington
Published by: Harmony Books on April 5, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
How many times do you hear or say things like: “I’m tired.” “I didn’t get enough sleep last night.” “I’ll just stay up to get this done and try to sleep more this weekend.” “Sometimes I try to sleep in, but it just doesn’t happen.” “It takes me forever to fall asleep at night.”
These phrases are becoming increasingly common for us to say and hear–and even tell ourselves. And Arianna Huffington sets out a good case for what this all means. Without a doubt, we are in a sleep deprivation crisis as a society. With the pressure to do more and more in the same amount of time in a day, people are overextending themselves and giving up something essential to survival: sleep. As we are also more stimulated and connected by technology, it makes it that much harder to wind down at the end of a long day.
While we often dismiss this as okay, using some of the phrases above, it has health implications that we may not always know are there. Fatigue and exhaustion are just the tip of the iceberg. Sleep has been shown to have connections to healthy weight, blood pressure, and several other conditions.
But knowing we’re sleep deprived is just the beginning. Especially since almost everyone would admit that they feel tired or sleep deprived on some level at some point in any given week. Where Huffington takes things a step further is offering some suggestions for how we can each start addressing the crisis in our own lives. Working on the issue starts with each person. Not only is this because society isn’t going to shift until the people pushing for the shift reaches critical mass. It’s also because the tactics and strategies for prioritizing sleep need to be determined on an individual basis.
This is an interesting read. Huffington has collected a great deal of research and anecdotes in one nice, tidy place. And while I don’t think anything here is particularly profound or novel, it’s a stimulating and thought-provoking read.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]