Being the established co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post is no easy task, however, dream chaser Arianna Huffington has been snoozing her way to the top.
It wasn’t always the way for Arianna. According to an interview with Business Insider,
for years, she never understood the importance of sleep. Her wake up call didn’t arrive until she had an accident due to sleep deprivation which caused her to change up her mindset around sleep and her health.
Like any badass leader would do, Huffington turned this negative lifestyle pattern into a positive by jumping head first into a drastic sleep transformation while researching the latest scientific studies behind sleep while writing her latest book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.
Not surprisingly, the latest studies show that we need to sleep a whole lot more than we thought. Scientists have started realising just how important sleep is to our entire cognitive function and the role it plays in the detoxification of waste proteins in the brain.
“Just as we wouldn’t eat off dirty dishes, why would we settle for going through the day with anything less than the full power and potential of our brains?” Asks Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, a co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester.
She has also referred to sleep deprivation as “the new smoking” and says although a number of entrepreneurs wear it like a badge of honour, the tides will soon turn as more awareness spreads to the harmful impact sleep deprivation has on society and the workforce in general.
However, a new era is upon us. With Nap studios being implemented in a number of workspaces around the globe and more attention being brought towards sleep and its positive influence on our health, we are now moving towards the golden age of sleep science.
In terms of applicable tactics, there are a number of changes Arianna has made apart of her nightly routine; including the removal of all electrical equipment from the bedroom, writing in a gratitude journal and making sleep something the body looks forward to.
Since prioritising 8 hours of sleep each day, Arianna has quoted that “It has brought so much joy and creativity into the next day. And without question, I can say I have been a much more effective leader at The Huffington Post”.
So if you think that in order to succeed you need to forget about snoozing, it might be time to put down that laptop and pick up a pillow.
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