The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time

Arianna Huffington. Harmony, $26 (400p) ISBN 978-1-101-90400-8
Prompted by a frightening personal experience with exhaustion, Huffington Post founder Huffington (Thrive) synthesizes a vast array of sleep research and provides tips on maximizing sleep time in an increasingly deprived global culture. Noting that this deprivation is often “glamorized and celebrated” among go-getters, Huffington cites figures indicating that sleep-deprived people are less productive at work. She also lists health risks, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, as well as cognitive impairment on par with alcohol consumption. Huffington goes on to explore the history of sleep, from the ancient world to the Industrial Revolution, when sleep began to suffer. For science, she discusses circadian rhythms, sleep stages, and sleep disorders and their treatments. Tips on achieving better sleep habits are presented for different age groups, with parents encouraged to rethink how they approach putting their children to bed, and students to place more emphasis on sleep for a higher GPA. Much advice is familiar—put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate—but some is less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Huffington proves herself a powerful advocate for those suffering from what she identifies as the current “sleep crisis.” Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/07/2016
Release date: 04/05/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
Compact Disc - 978-0-14-752282-5
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-1-101-90402-2
Hardcover - 978-1-4104-9144-2
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