Sleep 101


“Women will literally sleep their way to the top,” states Arianna Huffington in a TED conference talk.


If Arianna Huffington, co-founder and chief editor of The Huffington Posts says so, then by all means, let’s sleep to succeed. Here is the rest of her talk, she is really funny and inspiring.

We all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Nobody wants to go to work or school feeling groggy, cannot process even the simplest of instructions, and moving into a lifeless zombie action isn’t exactly what we envisioned for any of our day-to-day activities.

Knowing the value of sleep, there are still a lot of people who don’t really mind if they get less than eight hours of sleep. I’m pretty sure you know people who are happily moving from one task to another with only five hours of sleep. And how about the flight attendants and pilots, cruise ship staff, hotel night staff – how can they sleep well at night when they’re required to be up most nights?

Studies are now showing that sleep quality is much more important than sleep quantity. Sure, you’ve slept for ten hours. But what’s the use of your ten-hour sleep if you wake up every two hours from your neighbor’s noise or lighting that goes on and off?

The Basics of Sleep

We all want quality sleep. Let’s admit that drinking way too much coffee is not healthy at all and it won’t get you through the day. What we don’t know is that we can easily achieve it without the need to enroll in classes or purchase items. Here are the top tips on how to appropriately sleep:

  1. The NO CAFFEINE rule. Did you know that after 2 in the afternoon, you should stop drinking caffeinated drinks? I bet some of you are still sipping on your lattes even after 6 pm.
  2. Take it slow two hours before sleep. It would be ideal if you could start lying down, listening to your iPod, or reading a book, two hours before your actual sleeping time. But, of course, you should have a sleeping time first.
  3. No bright lights in the bedroom. If you still work on your iPad or laptop even before sleeping, I suggest you download an app like f.lux that can change the lighting of your screen, fit to be a just-before-bedtime activity. Nothing too bright to make your body think it’s still morning time.
  4. Pitch black is good. At night, of course. Try to make your sleeping room as dark as possible.
  5. Avoid big meals before sleep. If you like all those lavish dinners, where you tell yourself it’s okay to eat a lot, think again.


Why sleep?

This video will enlighten you on the importance of sleep. Perhaps you will be following the tips mentioned above once you know why we need sleep and what will happen to our bodies if we become night owls.

Here’s to hoping you will get a good night’s sleep tonight!

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  • Lynda Webster says:

    I can seriously relate that in a room full of people, almost 99% of the people there are sleep deprived.

  • Johanna Kelly says:

    I don’t understand it either. But stress is such a big contributor to people’s lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep. Even if we know that it’s important, it’s the least of our concerns most of the time.

  • Linda LEAHY says:

    If you lack sleep, you really can’t be productive. I find that being able to sleep well makes me function better the next day that’s why I prioritize it. I would honestly put socializing aside (esp. after work get together with friends) as long as I get enough sleep at night.

  • Mary Garcia says:

    Oh no, it’s 4:00PM now and I’m still drinking coffee. Sometimes, I feel like I’m already immune to coffee so I don’t get bothered by drinking it late in the afternoon. But now that I’m thinking of it, maybe it does affect my sleep at night.

    • Lynn Saunders says:

      It does, because it makes you feel like you’re hyper!

  • Catherine Hogan says:

    I make sure that as early as 7:00 at night, I already have dimmed lights after I take my warm shower. Similar to babies, even adults respond to night time habits. It prepares our body for sleeping time.

  • Laura Mendoza says:

    I can’t sleep in a pitch black dark room so I just make use of lamps that don’t emit light that’s too blue/white. I’m okay with warm lights.

  • I don’t need anything to enlighten me about how important sleep is because I already know. But the problem is, sometimes we sacrifice sleep even if we know how important it is!

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