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."

3 comments:

  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.)

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  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.

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  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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