Arianna Huffington is the newest ambassador endorsing a good night sleep. The media owner has turned her life around after collapsing one day out of sleep deprivation, exhaustion and burn out. Her new book, “The Sleep Revolution” outlines the need for renewing our relationship with sleep so that we can take control of our lives once again.
In her book Arianna Huffington estimates that sleep deprivation costs US economy Au $ 83.41 billion (US $ 63 billion) each year each year states The Age. As against this, According to the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity and the Sleep Health Foundation, sleep disorders cost Australia around AU $ 5.1 billion a year states Sydney Morning Herald. The cost of bad or lost sleep is not just reflected in poor productivity or ill health. It can also be measured in terms of road accidents caused on account of fatigue or even increase in prescriptions for sleep medications.
“No matter who we are or where we are in the world and in our lives, we share a common need for sleep,” revealed Huffington in an interview. “Though this need has been a constant throughout human history, our relationship to sleep has gone through dramatic ups and downs. And right now that relationship is in crisis,” she added.
In a recent interview with NPR, Huffington explained that one of the reasons for declining sleep hours was the bravado attached to the act. “There’s a tremendous braggadocio going on. I had dinner with a guy recently who bragged that he had only gotten four hours sleep the night before,” she told NPR. “I didn’t say it, but I thought: “This dinner would have been a lot more interesting if you had gotten five,” she added.
In an age where even public figures boast of how less they sleep, experts from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society advise the opposite. They opine that adults need a minimum of seven hours and teenagers a minimum of eight hours sleep in the night.