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

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  6,004 ratings  ·  749 reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Harmony (first published March 10th 2016)
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Steven Lewis
It's like a high-quality college essay by someone who's done some research, read extracts from scientific papers and Googled what famous people from Roosevelt to, yes, Cameron Diaz (and Gwyneth Paltrow) have said about sleep. Then she's put it into a logical sequence: what is sleep, why do we need it, what happens when we don't get it, why is that bad, and what should we do about it. And she's sprinkled in some personal shit -- she likes long baths before bed, for instance. If you already think ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember the good old days when I slept soundly every night. I didn’t have a problem getting a solid 8 hours. But nowadays, I struggle to get even six hours. And I know I’m not alone. It seems to be the favorite subject of conversation amongst my friends. But I am really trying to stay away from prescription sleep aids. So, I jumped on the chance to read Ariana Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution.

There are some interesting sections on the history of sleep but she doesn’t break any new gro
Scott Wozniak
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Excellent book if you need to be convinced of the importance of sleep. Mediocre book if you need to know how to improve your sleep quantity or quality--only at the end does she share some tips and these are basic.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
if you're wondering whether to read this book, my advice is to pass; your time would be better spent sleeping.
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Arianna Huffington is most famous for starting the Huffington Post, which she modestly named after herself. In April 2007, after a particular gruelling period of work and family commitments, she collapsed at work. After visiting a number of doctors, her diagnosis was clear: she was burned out, totally and absolutely exhausted. Following that event, she changed her approach to life. She realised the importance of sleep and, once she realised how important sleep is to health, happiness and product ...more
Steve Peifer
May 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
A slight, extremely padded article with a thyroid condition. This is a book whose contract specified how many pages it needed to be, and by God, she hit her page count. I think the topic is important but I think this book misses the mark in every conceivable way.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well, this book was a real sleeper. Zzzzzzzz

To be fair, I have had a lifelong battle with sleep; plus, I enjoy research, so I was already very familiar with what Arianna Huffington wrote about in this book. For individuals who don't know much about anything sleep related then The Sleep Revolution would likely be an interesting read. The bottom line: Sleep is important. Get some.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, self-help
Lots of us have trouble sleeping, and most of us know several things that we could do about it. Much of the information in The Sleep Revolution might not be new to us. However, the way that Arianna Huffington wrote the book made me want to take action right away to improve my sleep. Reading the book itself was a relaxing experience. Learning the extent of the sleep deprivation in our society and the array of problems that it causes motivated me to focus on better sleep immediately. For me, and f ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary. I had read Huffington's 'Thrive' a few years ago and wasn't particularly interested in reading anything else by her. But then this book popped up at a time when sleep was not exactly coming to me easily so it seemed like it would be a good read. Luckily my library had a copy ready to go.
Unfortunately the book is really nothing new. I agree with other assessments that it's like she threw together a bunch of works from Google and other books about sleep, r
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Possibly I am already too bought into how sleeping is awesome to enjoy this book. Also I rarely have trouble stopping working to sleep, so I didn't need many chapters of celebrity quotes convincing me I should. I did enjoy getting ammunition for why naps make me more creative and effective.
Rui Delgado
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meditation, wellness, and mindfulness. Three words we still don’t associate with the culture of work, especially in places like hedge funds and in Corporate America. This reality is changing very fast.

Now we care about not burning out employees. 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 11 days of lost productivity per year per worker, or about $2,280. That means that the annual cost of sleep
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought I'd be skeptical of this book, but actually Huffington says exactly what needs to be said about our chronic lack of sleep: That it's a problem driven by social, economic, and cultural factors. Many of the negative reviews here are a great example of this. They criticize the book for not telling them exactly how to get more sleep, as if it's an activity that needs to be done efficiently and effectively for the purpose of optimizing your work performance. Yet Huffington actually answers ...more
Ml Lalonde
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I bought this book at LHR, enroute from Tokyo and destined for a week of jet lag recovery. Arianna Huffington famously broke her cheek bone when she fell asleep at her desk from fatigue and over work. So, given her street cred, I was hopeful it would provide some solid, employable tips. What a snooze, and not in a good way. The first half of the book tries to convince the reader of the value of sleep, which presumably is why they bought this dumb book to begin with. The second half has a few tip ...more
Daniela Lockhard
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
This much is simply a review of statistics and research as well as stories of those who have realized that they need sleep. I didn't find any earth shattering tips or a section that summarizes the strategies to sleep better. The book could have been written in half the number of pages.
Ericka Clouther
Very important topic. I pay attention to sleep research whenever it comes up in the news and this still had a lot of new information. Likely worth the read for everyone. It's a serious examination of the benefits of sleep and the serious health consequences of going without sufficient sleep.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprising how much there was to learn about something that I have spent so much time doing.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
An opening thank you to Fareed Zakaria and my mother who both introduced me to this book, though only the latter encouraged me to sit down and read it for myself.

I've never been a strong sleeper, and in fact it almost always takes an hour or more for me to fall asleep at night, and even when I do I'm easily woken up by sounds made by pets and so sleep has often been a chore for me, rather than a source of physical and spiritual re-nourishment. This book was life-changing for me in that it's gott
Sotiris Makrygiannis
With the passion of a university student and the charisma of a Greek grandma this book is full of information about sleeping. To be frank, didnt sleep well last night and has nothing to do with this book, so I going to be quick on my review and go back to sleep.

Sleep people, sleep, is good.
Nancy Aguilar
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was great! It really opens your eyes to the importance of working from home, sleeping 8+ hours a night and taking vacations!
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, not necessarily because it provides a detailed step-by-step process of how to get more sleep, but more because I felt it was an interesting and thorough look into the history of sleep, our emerging attitudes about its importance that often seems at odds with our corporate, capitalistic structure, and the general discussion about why and how to make sleep a priority.

I've always believed sleep was important, so on that front there was nothing earth-shattering about this
There is a good amount of interesting information in this book.
Clearly there has been a lot of research and info gathering been done for this book and by the author, and I did learn a handful of new things about sleep so that was interesting.

But this book is overly focused on the USA specially and the sleeping problems that are happing there, which is rather frustrating especially since the book clearly states at least twenty time that sleeping problem so and the need to revolutionize our sleep
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'll save you the nine + hours this audiobook lasts.
1) Sufficient sleep is important for physical, cognitive, and psychological well-being
2) All the sleep advice you've heard everywhere else (keep a regular schedule, don't look a screens right before bed, make sure your room is dark and a comfortable temperature, don't eat large, heavy meals right before bed, cut of caffeine intake in the early afternoon, etc).
3) Endless padding, self-congratulatory anecdotes, an entire chapter of sports stats
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Perhaps an appropriate last book to conclude my 2019 reading challenge, as I’ve definitely read less and slept more in the last week since I’ve been reading this. Perhaps it could have been 100 pages instead of 300, but I found Huffington’s tone and clever quips to be engaging rather than annoying, so I didn’t mind. The book is well-researched and convincing in its argument about the vital importance of getting enough sleep. Definitely a lifestyle change for me, but one that long overdue and has ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A needed book to bang on the drums that sleep deprevation is not a sign of a healthy workplace. I have alarm clocks ringing always when somebody brings up a 48h hackathon or how little they sleep. Everybody should sleep at least 8h, and probably even more. Many great athletes also mentioned 10-12h sleep. But it's difficult to not see sleeping as "doing nothing" and this is probably the main reason this book is important - to reframe doing nothing into "recovering, rebuilding and rebooting" your ...more
Tihomir Goliykov
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nothing worse than a book telling you the things you so painfully know already, presenting them in an ever so boring manner. There is nothing special about citing a few research papers and giving examples of 1 or 2 gadgets that probably cost more than the average person can afford.
Karen Nelson
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an informative book all about our sleep problems and how to change our horrible behavior regarding devices, caffeine and other sleep robbing habits. Read it if you have problems with sleep.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, health
Summary: Huffington summarizes the research on sleep, the impact of sleep deprivation on our lives and performance, and steps we may take night by night to reverse this deficit and improve our lives.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Arianna Huffington argues that this book is for all those who are, which includes many of us in our fast-paced modern society. We are the sleep-deprived, and it has crucial impacts on our relationships, our performance, our sense of well-being and even o
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I am a convert to understanding the importance of sleep, but this book was a slog. I finally abandoned it after months of barely making it through a few pages at a time. If you’re interested in her thoughts, listen to a podcast interview-much more accessible.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being a business woman and having important decisions to make every day. still the author put in a lot of effort and time to write this book to inform the public how important sleep it.

The book is well researched. Hundreds of literatures were reviewed and pointedly presented. I learnt a comprehensive knowledge on sleep - its history, its link of gods in different culture, its effect on the body and mind (and lack of it), how famous people throughout history thought of it and practised it and mo
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this book to be more interesting than I had expected. There were fascinating stats on the "40% of Americans who are sleep deprived", the Tokyo residents who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night, and an acknowledgment that technology allows us to carry our work with us. The author asserts that our loss of sleep "adds up to more than 11 days of lost productivity per worker per year".

Our health also suffers. Even losing an hour of sleep a week can lead to a higher risk of heart attack. S
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Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national repor

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