Arianna Huffington: The Woman Behind The Sleep Revolution

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With an impressive resume as author, journalist, commentator and entrepreneur, we find this powerful woman one of the most influential female voices of our time. This Greece native was born Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoúlou, but we know her as Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of The Huffington Post.


Although she stepped down from her role as Editor In Chief of The Huffington Post in late 2016, her work is far from over. Arianna Huffington is now devoted to her startup Thrive Global, which shares health and wellness information. The mission of Thrive Global is definitely one we stand behind: to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both wellbeing and performance.


Her shift in platforms began years ago when sleep deprivation caused her to pass out at her desk and break her cheekbone. That jarring occurrence made her realize the immense stress she was under. Huffington admits the pressure she put on herself to do it all and “be the perfect mother” was damaging her health. She was suffering from burnout and realized that millions of women and men also experience this same exhaustion. “We are living under the collective delusion that [burnout] improves our performance, which it doesn’t,” she states.


Huffington is determined to help others prioritize their health by taking sleep seriously. “Sleep is free, sleep is available,” shares Huffington. There’s a resounding idea in our society that sleep is wasted time and Huffington wants to shatter that belief. In her book The Sleep Revolution, she uncovers the science of sleep and offers advice on how we can thrive and improve performance with just a few more hours of rest.


One simple tip we should all follow, and one that Huffington herself abides by, is to keep your phone away from the bed at night. Huffington advises to leave it in the other room and definitely never touch your phone when you’re in bed (no matter how tempted). The device disrupts your body’s sleep state.


Stress is something we all have and sleep is something we all need. As a woman who has seen the cruel harm stress can do, we should all take a bit of advice from Arianna Huffington – sleep, sleep, sleep.