Updated: 2019, Jul 20

“The Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington, In-Depth Book Review

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The CDC reports that sleep deprivation has become a public health issue linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and many other accidents and unfortunate scenarios. It is needless to mention that lack of sleep increases stress levels and negatively affects a person’s health and wellbeing. According to the American Sleep Association, 37% of 20-39-year-olds are sleep deprived, and 40% of 40-59-year-olds don’t get enough sleep either. Busy lifestyle and hectic schedule usually prevent us from getting enough sleep. A day has only 24 hours, and it seems like we can’t sleep and do everything else during that period. To show us otherwise and help us improve sleep for a better quality of life, Arianna Huffington released a book The Sleep Revolution. Here’s what you should know about it.

What is The Sleep Revolution all about?

Throughout her The Sleep Revolution book, Arianna Huffington demonstrates how the cultural dismissal of sleep and assuming it’s plain time-wasting puts into jeopardy our health and the decision-making process. The sleep deprivation, prevalent among Americans and on the global level too, has a negative effect on our business and personal lives, even the sex life.
In the book, Arianna Huffington, one of the most influential women in the world, explores the latest science on what is going on while we sleep and dream. Moreover, Ms. Huffington also discusses the increasing rise of sleeping pill industry and takes on different ways our addiction to technology prevents us from getting enough sleep.

Sleep Revolution

The Sleep Revolution is far from a book that just lectures you about all those bad things that affect our sleep pattern. She offers a wide array of tips, tricks, and recommendations to get better and more restorative sleep to be healthier, happier, more energetic and productive.
The idea for this book wasn’t random; a busy lifestyle of a journalist, multimillionaire, networker, ex-politician, author, and co-founder of Huffington Press, left her sleep deprived. In April 2007, Arianna Huffington collapsed in her office due to sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Now, she refers to that event as the wake-up call and that made her realize that millions of people are burned out, not just her. Passing out was a warning that inspired the author to make some changes and get her life back on track. In The Sleep Revolution, she shares her experience, sleep routine and valuable information with other people.
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Structure and opinions about the book

The book is structured in two parts:

  • The Wakeup Call – She lays out the argument why we need sleep, mentions evidence from history, science, religion, and economics. This part is abundant in statistics, facts, and other data whose intention is to tell you, from a scientific point of view, why you should strive to get more sleep
  • The Way Forward – Rich in perspective advice on how to get more sleep. Readers get to read about different things they can do to get enough restful sleep and avoid burnouts

After its release, the book received mixed reviews. While some find it informative and helpful others disagrees. For instance, Financial Times published a review which states that the tone of the book is wrong where good research is undermined with scaremongering. Also, a review in Fortune is skeptical of whether Arianna Huffington practices what she preached in the book.
On Amazon, the book got 3.7 out of 5 stars which aren’t totally bad and reviews are mixed there as well. For instance, one customer said The Sleep Revolution looks like she just Googled the topic and compiled what she found while another buyer claimed the book brings no new info about the topic. However, there are also those who wrote that book was incredibly helpful and they learned some facts about sleep that they didn’t know before.
Goodreads reviews vary as well, and while there are readers, like one business woman, who praise the book for evidence-based approach and useful tips that can help, others describe it as a high-quality college essay. This just goes to show the taste in books varies and it’s always recommended to read the book before forming an opinion about it.

Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Tips

Sleep Tips
  • Keep bedroom dark, quiet and cool
  • Read a book in bed
  • Don’t use technology e.g. phone or tablet in bed, and no TV starting 30 minutes before bedtime
  • Don’t charge phone next to bed
  • No caffeine after 2 pm
  • No pets on the bed
  • Do some light stretching, meditation, or yoga before bed
  • Write a list of things you’re grateful for

Conclusion

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington is a book inspired by personal experience with consequences of sleep deprivation. Throughout 400 pages, the author informs readers about consequences of sleep deprivation and analyzes all implications of this issue, while also showing there’s a “way out” by offering useful and easy-to-implement tips and recommendations. The book got mixed reviews, but learning more about such an important factor in our lives is never a bad thing.

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Dr. Ahmed Zayed

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandri

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