Anyone who regularly sleeps less than six hours has a higher risk of depression, psychosis, stroke and obesity. Sleeplessness undermines your whole body.
In an interview with Susan Goldberg, of the National Geographic Magazine, Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time, has this to say:
You’re known as hard charging. Did you have a moment when you said, I’ve got to change what I’m doing?
Yes , in 2007 when I collapsed from sleep deprivation, exhaustion and burnout. Being a divorced mother of two teenage daughters, I had bought into the delusion that this was the price of success and of managing all aspects of my life.
It was after I collapsed that I started studying this epidemic of burnout. There had been a lot written about the importance of nutrition and exercise, but sleep was still underrated and dismissed. And so I wrote the book.
Will getting enough sleep ever be prioritized in our culture?
It’s importance is becoming more recognized. Of course there are holdouts, people who still brag about how little sleep they get, but they’re increasingly like dinosaurs.
One of the metaphors I like to use is that sleep is like the laundry. You’re not going to take the laundry out 10 minutes early to save time. You have to complete all the cycles in the washing machine. Our sleep cycles have to be completed too: otherwise we wake up and we feel like wet and dirty laundry.
“When I get eight hours, I know the difference. I know I’m more effective: I’m a better version of myself.”
– Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, CEO of Thrive Global, and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time
Formally sleep-deprived, Arianna Huffington, was interviewed by the NationalGeographic magazine in the following Q & A article with Susan Goldberg.
Thanks for sharing your expertise on sleep, the topic of our cover story. Thomas Edison called sleep “an absurdity” and “a bad habit”. Is that idea ingrained in our culture?
I think it is deeply ingrained, but we’re at a moment of transformation. What stops people from prioritizing sleep is the fear that somehow they’re going to miss out. We have so many phrases that confirm that – “You snooze, you lose,” “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” But now there are role models, people who prioritize sleep and are super effective.
“Professor Tim Noakes was being used by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) as a “guinea pig” to test waters on guidelines for the conduct of health professionals on social media, which did not exist.”
– Michael Van Der Nest, defence advocate
He was speaking during the second day of proceedings in Pretoria into the appeal by the HPCSA seeking to overturn a “not guilty” verdict for Noakes for advising a mother to wean her baby on to a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet in 2014.
Van der Nest said the council had freely admitted it did not have any guidelines or standards for health professionals with regards to their conduct on social media.
He said the case was nothing more than a “disgruntled dietitian” who had reported Noakes to the HPCSA because he was threatening her livelihood and that of other dietitians.
“There is no way to eat that is more expensive than the current diet in South Africa if you consider the immeasurable cost of having diabetes and what that chronic disease will cost the state.”
– Professor Tim Noakes MBCHB, MD, DSc (Med)
In South Africa, the poorest of the poor are most at risk of becoming obese and developing Type 2 Diabetes. Professor Tim Noakes heads up The Noakes Foundation and this 11 minute movie explains it’s Eat Better South Africa outreach program to struggling areas of the Western Cape.