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Let’s go to Bed Early

I recently finished the book: Thrive, by Arianna Huffington, who many of you many recognize as the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.  Thrive is actually her second book, where she: ” talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters — of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her “aha moment.” (From the Hardcover edition.)

I enjoyed the book and applaud Arianna in her attempts to redefine success.  She focuses on the importance of taking care of oneself, speaks about the benefits of yoga and meditation.  She also divulges into how she has transformed her daily sleep habits.

Here she is was the cover of Parade magazine a few weeks ago, sharing her six best tips for getting more sleep.

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According to a poll of 15,000 people conducted by both Parade magazine and Huffington Post, 95% of respondents want more sleep, but more than a third of them sleep five hours or less each night.

Isn’t that crazy that 95% of us want more sleep?  And more than a third of the people that were surveyed are getting 5 or less hours per night.  Wasn’t the magic number 8?  According to Arianna, everyone has a different sleep IQ, which you need to determine through trial and error to find out how much sleep you really need.  It could be 8, or it could be 7.

She also recommends establishing a routine: meditating, reading, flickering a candle.  She also has a no-device rule.  She uses old fashion alarm clocks and charges her cell phone in another room entirely.  She makes tradeoff when it’s in her control, organizing her life around what time you go to bed the next night.  She keeps the room temperature cooler at night and is a big fan or naps!

The benefits of a good night of sleep are obvious.

But did you know that there are a large number of negative effects of loss of sleep that have to do with your sex life, health, memory, looks & even your weight loss?  Count me out, I’ll set my alarm for when I need to go to bed tonight.  Let’s see if that helps with my headaches too.

A restorative pose to get the body ready for sleep:

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