Sleep your way to the top

News: Sleep to the top

October 16, 2013

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Arianna Huffington was talking to The Telegraph at the One Young World summit in Johannesburg. One Young World hopes to promote and create the next generation of global leaders.

In Arianna Huffington’s eyes, wellbeing is the key to being a good leader. She explains: “If you’re not feeling well, you aren’t going to be as effective, or as creative, or as productive.”

Women in stressful, successful jobs have:

40% greater chance of having a heart attack and heart disease

60% greater incidence of diabetes

Gents on the other hand, can deal with things much better. Arianna explains: “[Men] can go and watch a football game and forget about it but women want to wrestle it into the ground.”

Arianna’s rude awakening

“In 2007, in the middle of building the Huffington Post, I fainted from exhaustion… I hit my head on my desk, I broke my cheekbone and got four stitches on my right eye. Don’t wait until you get a rude awakening like that.”

Ms Huffington offers sleep rooms to encourage her writers to rest when they need it rather than rely on caffeine and sugar to keep thing going.

She is on a mission to make us slow down, get more sleep, and be more conscious in the moment. “Multitasking is a disease. I’m here to celebrate uni-tasking. Miracles happen when we give our full attention.”

Read Ms Huffington’s full article here