Skip Nav
Self Help
9 Simple Ways to Make Positive Changes in the New Year
Tip to Limit Screen Time
Screen Time
I Have a "1 Screen at a Time" Rule For Myself, and It's a Game-Changer
Life Hacks
25 Hacks to Get You Through the Holidays in 1 Piece
How to Make a Bag Out of Wrapping Paper
Life Hacks
No Gift Bag? No Problem! Watch How to Make One Out of Wrapping Paper
Holiday
Gift Wrapping Hacks So Good, Even Santa's Elves Will Be Impressed

How Sleep Can Help Your Career

How to Sleep Your Way to the Top

Did you ever think you could find a boss who would advocate taking naps during the workday? Arianna Huffington, the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, is that business woman. And, for good reason. In 2007, Arianna experienced a major wake up call: she literally broke a cheek bone when she fell asleep at her desk from lack of sleep and being overworked. The moment inspired a rethinking of her priorities and the understanding that being successful begins with fundamentals, like sleep.

The passion for Zzzs and research into the science of sleep led to her new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time.

I interviewed Arianna about how to achieve success and work-life balance and she listed sleep as the number one priority. Otherwise, "everything becomes transactional. You go through the motions — you go to your meetings, you get your to-do list. There's no joy and there's no real creativity." Ariana believes in this approach so deeply the Huffington Post now has nap pods you can book throughout the day for a rest — whenever you need it.

"Sleep is of the brain, and for the brain, and by the brain."

While many workers don't have ample calendar time to catnap (or don't make time), Arianna believes even 20 minutes can restore your energy and mind. "You must recline," she said. And she leads by example. She has a glass office with a couch and makes a point of lying down for her team to see that she has to rest and recharge at times. And, so they see they can follow suit. She quips it's the way to "sleep your way to the top."

It is the science behind the importance of sleep that led Arianna to the understanding that you can achieve success if you understand how important sleep is. When I asked Arianna what surprised her most about all the research she did for the book, she said, "sleep is of the brain, and for the brain, and by the brain. For a while we thought that sleep was a kind of inactivity; sleep is actually a kind of frenetic activity where all the toxins that accumulated during the day are flushed away." So when you start the day recharged, you are more likely to succeed at the office, get that desired promotion, and prove to your team that you are well equipped to run the show!


Image Source: Getty / John Lamparski
Alternatives to New Year's Resolutions
Tip to Limit Screen Time
Ways to Improve Sleep
Life Purpose According to Zodiac Sign
Best Arnica Products
Free Healthy Things to Do in the Summer
Things to Do Alone in Your 20s
How to Downsize Your Home
Did Jennifer Lawrence Learn Ballet For Red Sparrow?
UAE Sleep Report Ikea 2018
Fitness Benefits of Getting Sleep
Bedtime Routine For Anxiety
Latest Career & Money
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds