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

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  4,593 ratings  ·  599 reviews
Co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives--and even our sex lives in this New York Times bestseller.

We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, with profound consequences to our heal
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2017 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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
if you're wondering whether to read this book, my advice is to pass; your time would be better spent sleeping.
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No filtering of the quality of studies and science she refers to

It's like someone Google everything the Internet had to say about sleep and pasted it into a book with minimal editing.

There is no filtering in a sense of the quality of studies and science that are referred to in the book. A lot of the author's claimed problems with our modern daily lives that prevent us from sleeping will probably just make you end up more paranoid about losing sleep and as a result have a harder time sleeping.

Rui Delgado
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ml Lalonde
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Surprising how much there was to learn about something that I have spent so much time doing.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruth Pohl
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
Nancy Aguilar
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great! It really opens your eyes to the importance of working from home, sleeping 8+ hours a night and taking vacations!
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
Nora St Laurent
Arianna Huffington was on the fast track to success. She is the cofounder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. She believed the lie other successful individuals which was “sleep was a waste of time.” There was too much work to be done to sleep. Sleep was over rated.

Arianna’s world came to a screeching holt when she collapsed in her office. She hit her desk on the way to the floor and broke her cheek bone. She had been running on very little sleep and lots of caffei
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arianna Huffington's roundup of science, literature, tips, and facts about sleep is a lot like a news website in 2016: It casts a wide net over a topic, speaks to a lot of experts, is written in bite-sized chunks, and yet still leaves important topics uncovered.

I started this book thinking it would be like a documentary or like other science nonfiction I enjoy; maybe like Mary Roach. Instead, Huffington writes a strongly first-person narrative about her experiences with sleep, includes opinions
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 3.5, but I just can't go 4. It's not that I didn't enjoy the book or need to hear the information - I just found the book quite repetitive. There are only so many ways to say, you need to commit to getting a good night's sleep. That being said, there was enlightening information, and there were warnings about the dangers of inadequate sleep and sleeping remedies (sleeping pills) that I will try to take to heart. Great appendix section with additional resources.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
LOVE the message in this! 100% agree. However... and this is a complaint I have for many a nonfiction book, it seems like she really had enough material for a really, really good long read article in say the Atlantic, but not enough for an entire book. It gets repetitive and she spends copious time treading ground that could have been summed up much more pithily. Still, everyone should make sure to get a good nights sleep! Super important!!
Justin Neville
Very readable and persuasive about the importance of sleep. And plenty good tips on how to change your approach to it.
However, in truth, there's nothing new here that I haven't read in countless other books on sleep. So for me, it hasn't really added anything.
But, hopefully, the big name and accessible style will help many others.
Mala Ashok
This is an important book to read. The book tells us very clearly how a minimal amount of sleep is a must for us to live a healthy, productive life. The statistics provided bear testament to this. I would have liked some more methods of how to go about getting the required sleep.
Cathryn Conroy
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Reading this book could be life-changing—and in a way you may initially think will be detrimental to your career and social life. I dare you to read this book. I double dog dare you! Heck, let's go all the way! I triple dog dare you.

Written by Arianna Huffington of "Huffington Post" fame, this book will show you in no uncertain terms that you simply must sleep at least seven hours a night (more is preferable). If you don't, you will pay the price eventually, and that price could be an
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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
“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.” 2 likes
“When we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for us to get everything done, when we wish for more time,” wrote sociologist Christine Carter, “we don’t actually need more time. We need more stillness.” 2 likes
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