How sleep affects your brain, emotions and overall health.
The better you sleep at night, the better your brain will function, and the better you’ll feel. Sleep is not just vital for our health, but also critical to helping us achieve our goals.
Science and experience proves it: the foundation of a happy, healthy, energetic, and productive life is a good night’s rest. We can think of sleep almost like a life-support system:
- Sleep helps with memory and improves cognition
- Creativity needs sleep
- Sleep loss and depression are intertwined
- Sleep benefits your physical health and longevity
- Sleep increases productivity and happiness – and smarter decision-making.
How to succeed? Get more sleep! Why sleep and success are inseparable.
In this short TED talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep.
“ This is a room of type A women. This is a room of sleep-deprived women. And I learned the hard way the value of sleep. Two-and-a-half years ago, I fainted from exhaustion. I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone, I got five stitches on my right eye. And I began the journey of rediscovering the value of sleep. And in the course of that, I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep. And we women are going to lead the way in this new revolution, this new feminist issue. We are literally going to sleep our way to the top — literally –”
In The Sleep Revolution – Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives – -and even our sex lives in this New York Times bestseller.
In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna provides insight into the crisis of sleep deprivation and its expansive effects on all aspects of life.
“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.”
Tips for a good, restaurative night sleep:
• Have a sound and regular night routine: go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time
• Digital detox, switching off all electronic devices one hour prior to bed
• A hot bath with Epson salts and essential oils
• Hot tea for relaxation, such as chamomile
• Reading books unrelated to business or work, such as novels
• Listening to music for relaxation
• Practicing yoga exercises, even in bed
• Creating a relaxing environment for sleep with aromatherapy and low lightning
• Sleep inducing supplements with melatonin, 5-HTP, valerian
Do you have a good relationship with sleep? What are your best tips for a restaurative sleep?