Coffee. Its one of those things almost every journalist uses to fuel up, but not for Arianna Huffington. Her fuel is sleep.
The National Society of Leadership and Success chapter of MSU Denver hosted a live broadcast where the co-founder of the Huffington Post talked about her number one New York Times best-selling book, “Thrive.”
She wrote Thrive from her own wake up call that lead her into living a more healthier life.
Huffington collapsed in 2007 at her desk and woke up in a pool of blood, realizing she had broken her cheekbone and had a cut over her eye. After many tests and doctor visits, the only explanation of why her body just stopped functioning properly was simply over exhaustion and lack of sleep.
“Your first priority is to do what they tell you in airplanes. Put your own oxygen mask first.” Huffington said. “It is not selfish to put on your own oxygen mask first, it means you are taking care of your own human competence and then you are going to be much more effective at your job, your family, and giving back to others.”
Sleep affects your mental and physical health throughout your life. According to The Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.” It is recommended that adults and the elderly should sleep about seven to eight hours a day.
“I definitely stress myself out by overwhelming myself. It’s been really refreshing to hear Arianna talk about resting,” said Larissa Fleming, a theatre major at MSU Denver. “I made a goal for my self to get my eight hours or at least a minimum of six and a half and eat breakfast everyday. I can see that my actions are being reflected in a positive matter not only by me experiencing them, but getting them reiterated by someone whose reached so many successes.”
“I want especially your generation to know that our generation has gotten it all wrong, that we have been living under the collective delusion that burnout is a necessary price for success and it is not,” Huffington said.
Students juggle many things. School, work, internships, personal lives and their future are some of the things that are constantly on their mind. It is no surprise they can’t catch a breath and just relax for a while.
It doesn’t matter where you are in life, in order to reach success you must prioritize yourself first. Getting enough sleep will help you preform at your best and be more effective in your everyday responsibilities.
NSLS mission is to build better leaders who make a better world. That is why The Society offers many live broadcast lectures throughout the year to motivate and inspire students in their own lives and careers. Speaker broadcasts are open to members and non-members of the NSLS.