Hey T&T’s Entrepreneurs,
You know we’re always researching the best content to equip you with the necessary tools for success and being your best selves. We stumbled upon this find – a book written by Arianna Huffington called ‘The Sleep Revolution’.
This lady is huge, but just in case you haven’t heard about her, here’s a little intro. Arianna Huffington is a Greek author of 12 books, syndicated columnist, co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.
Since her accident a couple years ago due to sleep deprivation where the author fainted at her desk, fractured her cheek bone and had to get stitches over her eyes, she began in depth research with scientists and doctors on the importance of sleep in order to write her latest book.
I listened to a couple podcasts and TED talks featuring the media mogul and extracted the most pertinent nuggets. Here’s what she had to say:
1– You need at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night in order to function on all cylinders. Huffington declares that you would then become more present and joyful, make better decisions, increase productivity, inspiration and improve your overall health.
2– Adequate sleep is not only a performance enhancer, but she says it’s the “gateway to the mystery of life”. Huffington says we are not just our jobs, but when we get enough sleep and we dream, we connect with a higher reality and tap into our intuition and wisdom. She says life is a dance and there’s a fine line between letting it happen and making it happen.
3– Based on Huffington’s research, lack of sleep is linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. It is also linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It also causes symptoms such as memory problems, outbursts of anger, inability to concentrate and process information.
Therefore, sleep is necessary to clean up all the toxins from the day in the brain and improve cognitive functions!
4- Many experts including Huffington recommends that you turn off your devices (phones, iPads, computers) at least 2 hours before you go to bed and remove them from your bedroom in order to be fully recharged by morning.
What’s that you say? Your phone wakes you up in the morning? It is suggested that you get an alarm clock that is separate and apart from your mobile phone!
5- Huffington says don’t go to the gym with the intention to lose weight if you’re sleep deprived, because that’s when our body craves sugar and carbs. Get another hour of sleep before your exercise.
6- Finally, Huffington says that you must bring joy and gratitude into everything that you do and in order to do this, you must be fully recharged, thus getting enough sleep is vital!
Hope you put these tips into practice. As usual, feel free to share and shoot us a comment below and let us know if you found this blog post useful!
Until next time.
T&T’s Entrepreneurs Team.