Want to get ahead? Get more sleep, Huffington says

Mon Jun 2, 2014 1:47pm EDT
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By Nigel Stephenson

HAY-ON-WYE Wales (Reuters) - Money and power are all well and good but if you really want to live a successful life, get more sleep and turn the phone off.

That was the message from Arianna Huffington, founder of the online Huffington Post and one of the world's most prominent - and wired-in - businesswomen, to an audience at the Hay Festival of literature and arts, which ended on Sunday.

Political and business leaders across the world, and the people who work for them, are often living lives of sleep deprivation and burnout in pursuit of the two traditional measures of success - money and power, Huffington said.

But those who chase these two goals alone are likely to come crashing down. "This is like trying to sit on a two-legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off," she said.

Huffington should know. Seven years ago, she collapsed from overwork and exhaustion, banging her head as she fell.

"By any sane definition, when you come to in a pool of your own blood ... you are not successful," she said on Saturday at the book festival in Wales.

The first result of what she calls her wake-up call was to get more sleep. "It's like a miracle drug," she said.

The Huffington Post newsroom includes two "nap rooms" where journalists can grab 40 winks.   Continued...

Arianna Huffington arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year in New York April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson