Book Review: Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff)
“We sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, but ironically, our loss of sleep, despite the extra hours we put in at work, adds up to more than eleven days of lost productivity per year per worker, or about $2,280. This results in a total annual cost of sleep deprivation to the US economy of more than $63 billion, in the form of absenteeism and presenteeism (when employees are present at work physically but not really mentally focused). “Americans are not missing work because of insomnia,” said Harvard Medical School professor Ronald C. Kessler. “They are still going to their jobs, but they’re accomplishing less because they’re tired. In an information-based economy, it’s difficult to find a condition that has a greater effect on productivity.”
Sleep Revolution is a boring book. In a good way.
I grabbed this book as I have long been at odds with my sleep patterns and how much I actually need. For the better of the past 10 years, I’ve slept 4-6 hours a night a “made up” for it with afternoon naps. This was find when my main work was playing basketball. The napping came into question as my entrepreneurial work increased and I realized I was missing out on buisness by sleeping when the exact people I wanted to do buisnes with were working.
Also, thankfully having dated women who were sleep-conscious and always, as best they could, would tell me how my sleep habits could be hurting my productivity rather than helping it.
But I’m kind of hard-headed and I had to find it my own way. It wasn’t until listening to the Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast and hearing multiple successful entrepreneurs talk up the benefits of a full night’s sleep, and a great TED talk I watched on the topic (at the best of my current beau) that I started to actively think about how I could fix my own sleep. [Note: if you want to have your TED talk get a ton of views, talk about sleep.]
Enter Arianna Huffington.
Sleep Revolution is all about the science and (emerging) business of sleep, a book he wilt researched and fueled by Arianna’s own challenges with pushing sleep away as an unnecessary pause of work and productivity (like many of us). The book details sleep habits of past current and (hopefully) future cultures and its effects on every single area of life. Just reading it made me feel like relaxing and… maybe… laying… down for a few minutes.
Sleep Revolution is a really good book to force on someone who sees no benefit in sleeping or uses the tired (pun intended) I’ll sleep when I die phrase when warned of the effects of deprivation.
Luckily for me, I was already wide open to changing my sleep habits before reading this. Sleep Revolution is boring, in a good way: you’ll be ready to sleep more just from reading it.