Book Review: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

There’s nobody who appreciates a good sleep like I do. But there are plenty who don’t see the value in a bit of shut eye. Change your mind with the following book.

Blurb

We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, with profound consequences to our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What we need is nothing short of a sleep revolution: only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream. She takes on the sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.

The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that reveals the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health–from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

In today’s fast-paced, always connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night’s sleep is more important–and elusive–than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.

The Sleep Revolution Book Cover

Review

The Sleep Revolution was on the reading list for my coaching course. I avoided it at first as it seemed to have little to do with coaching but I’m sorry I didn’t read this book sooner.

I’m someone who both needs and values a good sleep. I know that if I don’t have it, it will effect not only my energy but my mental health. However, just how bad the lack of sleep can be for a person didn’t really get through to me until I read this book. The author goes into vast detail on how too little sleep hinders our performance and the performance of the people we put out faith in: doctors, politicians, firemen. Now, this book is US-based and things are different in Europe but I could not believe the lack of regulations around sleep. The book recalls the story of one Target truck driver on the road for 36 hours without a break who was involved in a very unfortunate accident. But this book is not filled with shock-inducing stories. It’s all filled with science and research, so there is no disputing the importance of sleep.

For this who have trouble sleeping, The Sleep Revolution also provides actionable tips. Perhaps one-third of the book is dedicated to this. However, my favourite aspect of this book is the exploration into our attitudes around sleep. Especially for men, getting by on a couple of hours a sleep a night is seen as a badge of honor. Such a person is seen as hard working and dedication. The danger of such little sleep is never touched upon. It was eye opening and also showed that the sleep revolution must not just be about getting more sleep but how we perceive the act itself too.

Want to get more sleep or just learn more about the topic? Get your copy of The Sleep Revolution here.

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