The Sleep Revolution

Book #2 – The Sleep Revolution

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I’m finally on book #2 and I have to hand it to Arianna Huffington, she sure can stretch out a book about sleeping! For my second book of the year, I decided to read The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. Some of the pages literally put me to sleep. It was pretty great actually considering I spend most of my nights falling asleep to Instagram.

All in all, the book really was very interesting. I knew our society was heavily sleep deprived, but some of the facts and figures were pretty shocking. What hit me the most? Apparently, truck drivers are classic cases for not getting enough sleep. This, as you may have guessed, causes them to crash into other cars, often killing the passengers inside. Tragic, I know. I also thought the idea of a sudden “wakeup call” by various sleep deprived subjects was very interesting.

Full disclosure: I skimmed some of the middle chapters. There was only so much I could read, especially when I was flipping through the same general copy of statistics page after page. I get it, I need more sleep. Thank you for pointing that out.

What I Learned

Those who dramatically changed their daily patterns and started to get more sleep were people who had something very scary happen to them. Some has even been hospitalized for exhaustion. One woman, the author, even tells a story of how she woke up in a pool of her own blood. She had passed out from exhaustion, and broken her cheek bone. Stories like these are some of the more dramatic cases, but they do happen.

Nothing so drastic ever happened to me, but there was a semester in graduate school where I had a severe sleep problem. I was able to break the sleepless cycle within a few months, with the help of a dear friend, but it seemed very scary at the time. I’m sure it was due to stress throughout many pieces in my life: love, family, education, my faith. All categories were hot button topics that seemed to keep me up at night. I had to take a serious step back and ask myself: What do I plan to do about this problem? It couldn’t go on, and luckily, I was able to make some serious changes.

This was the major reason why I picked up the book in the first place. It’s not a thrilling read by any means, but it makes me seriously question watching that extra hour of TV, or having the last thing I see at night be a screen. Reading books in the evening have helped me unwind, and The Sleep Revolution has taught me a lot about why I need to keep my sleep balance in check.

Have any book recommendations for me? I’m all ears!