Dec. 14 2018
Arianna Huffington is the founder of HuffPost, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. After collapsing from exhaustion and sleep deprivation in 2007, Arianna realized that the idea of burnout being the price we have to pay for success is a collective delusion–and she became more and more passionate about the science showing the direct correlation between well-being and productivity. In 2016, she founded Thrive Global to change the way we work and live by ending the global epidemic of stress and burnout. Below, this legendary mogul takes time out of her busy day to tell us all about her healthy–and relaxing–nightly routine.
8 P.M. Dinner is often with friends, Thrive Global partners or, if they’re around, my daughters. Bringing together people from different worlds and having interesting conversations over good food has always been part of my Greek DNA.
10 P.M. The first part of my transition to sleep is escorting my phone out of the bedroom. Our phones are repositories of everything we need to put away in order to sleep – our to-do lists, our inboxes, the demands of the world. They’re definitely not sleep aids! So, charging your phone away from your bed makes you more likely to wake up as fully charged as your phone.
10:30 P.M. Once I’ve put my phone to bed, it’s time for me. I’ll take a hot bath with Epsom salts and a candle flickering nearby, which I prolong if I’m feeling anxious or worried about something. I no longer sleep in my workout clothes (think of the mixed message that sends to our brains) but now have pajamas, nightdresses, even T-shirts dedicated to sleep.
Then, I’ll have a cup of chamomile, lavender, or licorice tea, which I’ll drink right before bedtime — it’s warm and comforting and helps me begin to wind down and say goodbye to the day. And I’ll also read physical books – especially poetry, novels and books that have nothing to do with work.
11 P.M. Lights out. I don’t have a set bedtime, but I try to go to bed before midnight and 95% of the time I get 8 hours of sleep a night.