I had an incredible day on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. I had the opportunity to attend Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution book signing hosted by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley. Sheryl Sandberg casually interviewed Arianna about her story and her new book –The Sleep Revolution: Transforming your life one night at a time.
As a 40+ year old woman, I really don’t have too many role models in my life, except for my Mother, sisters, Oprah, and Arianna Huffington. Arianna’s story resonates with me because I also worked hard and persevered to do things that inspire me. I admire Arianna in many different ways. She is an elegant lady who projects warmth and class. I also admire her tenacity to stay relevant in such a competitive and judgmental society. She realizes that she can’t be a superwoman 24/7 and I do too!
Arianna is a self proclaimed “sleep evangelist” who is publicly more passionate about sleep than Rumplestiltskin. According to her friends, you haven’t made it on Arianna’s good side if you haven’t gotten at least 7-8 hours of solid sleep a night.
I wished I had someone beating down my door, telling me all about the importance of sleep! Several years after the birth of my son, I came down with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. There are many symptoms, but my main one was insomnia. I was suffering from a bad thyroid, adrenal fatigue, and exhaustion. I thought I could handle everything and failed! I had to learn to schedule in my sleep and my naps……WHAT? Who naps??? Well, I do and so does Arianna! Power Naps, Catnaps, Snoozes, whatever you want to call it, you need it like you need air to breathe, water to drink, and food to nourish your body.
In Arianna’s book, she breaks down sleep into a basic guide to recharge your relationships, body, and mind. Backed by extensive scientific research, her book discusses our current sleep crisis, sleep disorders, dreams, co-sleeping, naps, and jetlag. Her helpful tools and campaign are simple, but not a whole lot of people are listening. I whole heartedly recommend Arianna’s book to ANYONE who has ever had less than a perfect night’s sleep.
I had the opportunity to briefly meet Arianna after her lecture. She signed my copy and I quickly asked her if I could give her my book: Relax a Bye Baby. As I pulled out my book, her green eyes got even wider, she thanked me for helping her with this movement, as she accepted my book. I must admit I was nervous and thought she could see my heart beating out of my chest, but for that brief moment in time with her, I felt the validation from her and I knew I needed to stay on track and keep the sleep dialogue going.
I wrote Relax a Bye Baby with the same intention as Arianna’s-to find the right way to unwind, relax, and reduce stress. Relax a Bye Baby was written and designed to teach children body relaxation in a fun and whimsical manner through repetition before bedtime. As a collective, it is important to emphasize the importance of sleep at all levels-infancy through adulthood.
Thank you Arianna Huffington for your message, charisma, and using your influence to change the world, one night at a time!