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review 2016-09-10 21:52
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time - Arianna Huffington

I was really excited to read this book. I first saw that Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies was reading it and it looked intriguing. I haven't read a non-fiction book in years and I wanted to get back into it. So when I saw this at my library and I remember how Ro said she was enjoying it, I thought it was about time I read a bit of non-fiction about sleep. Sleep has always been an interesting topic for me since I rarely got any when I was younger and now I just crash on certain days. I wanted to know the science behind sleep and the history of it, too. And this book provides that... for the first half anyway.

 

I really liked the amount of effort and research Arianna Huffington put into this book. You might know her from the Huffington Post. She is an incredibly smart woman and I enjoyed reading this book by her. However, I started to lose interest when it came to the anecdotes by various celebrities. I mean, when it started to get repetitive, when each celebrity interviewed kept saying, "I was a mess without sleep but now I feel great," I couldn't help but roll my eyes because at this point, we ALL know how important sleep is. What I wanted was what happens to the brain when you sleep or don't sleep and how, in some cultures, sleeping is used as a means to reach "another world." The History of Sleep! That's what I wanted to read, and like I said, I got that in the first half of the book. Not so much the second half.

 

Another problem I had with this book was how general it was. Separating people into "the rich, straight" category. To the "men and women" category. I wasn't too keen on how Huffington talked as if everyone had money and everyone was in a straight relationship. So a lot of the studies only included couples of men and women. But what about those in homosexual relationships or those who can't afford expensive sleep treatment? *Sighs* As much as I can tell she did a lot of research for this book, it was very much catered to a specific audience, which really bothered me.

 

I do appreciate Huffington for including all her resources and articles where she found out all this information so if you wanted to continue learning about the topic, you can. I really did like this book and if you want to learn more about sleep and don't mind having celebrities telling you what you already know then I recommend you give this a shot. Might learn a bit more about your own sleeping patterns in the process.

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review 2016-05-20 18:07
Nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary.
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time - Arianna Huffington

I had read Huffington's 'Thrive' a few years ago and wasn't particularly interested in reading anything else by her. But then this book popped up at a time when sleep was not exactly coming to me easily so it seemed like it would be a good read. Luckily my library had a copy ready to go.

 

Unfortunately the book is really nothing new. I agree with other assessments that it's like she threw together a bunch of works from Google and other books about sleep, rest, health, etc. for this book. Part I is about the concept of sleep: what it is, what it does, the industry that surrounds it, the consequences of not getting enough, what happens when we are adequately rested, etc. This is fine, but a lot of it is not particularly interesting if you're looking for more about how to get more sleep (which is what I thought the book was about based on the title).

 

She does provide tips and tricks for how to sleep better, but there's nothing new here. Turn off your electronics, don't caffeinated drinks by a certain point of the day, be sure your bedroom is just used for sleep and sex, etc. I suppose if someone had absolutely no idea on how to sleep better, this might be a good "primer" but I don't know if there's much that can't be found via Google.

 

I suppose if I had to sum it up, this book might be good for an alien to discover thousands of years from now and wanted to know what "sleep" was and what its place was in human lives.

 

It's not terrible but I certainly wouldn't buy it either. Library if you're really interested.

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