There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a torture device. This was never more apparent to me than when my older daughter, Lisle, spent 6 days in the hospital with RSV when she was a 3-month-old baby. Between her pitiful coughing and the nurses’ frequent visits, I did not sleep for 5 days straight. Steve finally made me go home for a few hours after I had a breakdown. So yeah, getting enough sleep is essential.
Arianna Huffington gave this talk at the TED Women’s Conference in December 2010 about how much more productive, alert to problems, and innovative we might all be if we just got more sleep. Tomorrow’s next big idea, hell, my next big idea might be hiding behind the eight hours of regular sleep I haven’t been getting. Lights out by 10 p.m. tonight!