How to succeed? Get more sleep

In this 4-minute talk, Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post) shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

Quotes from the talk:

"I was recently having dinner with a guy who bragged that he had only gotten four hours sleep the night before. And I felt like saying to him, "You know what? If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting."

There is now a kind of sleep deprivation one-upmanship. Especially here in Washington, if you try to make a breakfast date, and you say, "How about eight o'clock?" they're likely to tell you, "Eight o'clock is too late for me, but that's okay, I can get a game of tennis in and do a few conference calls and meet you at eight." And they think that means that they are so incredibly busy and productive, but the truth is they're not."


  1. Great to see people talking about the importance of sleep. I'm a firm believer in sacrificing many things in the name of sleep. Call me old fashioned, but I do everything possible to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Even as a resident! (I know, shameful.)

  2. No medical resident was able to get 7 hours of sleep while on call in my program. Five hours was considered a luxury. 36 hours straight without wink of sleep, baby! This is how obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertensions and diabetes start.

  3. Amen to Huffington's message and Dr. Psychobabble's approach! I aim to get 7-9 hours per night. When I don't, which is way too often, my body always seems to steal it back later. Might be partly why people say I look 7-10 years younger than my stated age.


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