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ENCORE: Arianna Huffington calls for a Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington, the hard-charging founder of the Huffington Post, wants to change the world -- 40 winks at a time. Her new book shares her quest to wake us up to the true costs of sleep deprivation and help lead what she calls a "Sleep Revolution."
Media mogul Arianna Huffington is calling for a sleep revolution. Sleep deprivation affects health, productivity and personal growth — reports say 60 per cent of Canadian adults feel tired most of the time. (Peter Yang)

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Did you get enough sleep last night? If the answer is no, you're part of the majority of Canadians who go through most days feeling like they could use a nap.

Arianna Huffington's new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, aims to wake us up to the harsh realities of sleep deprivation.

I learned the hard way when, nine years ago, I collapsed from sleep deprivation and burnout, hit my head on the way down and broke my cheekbone. And as I came to in a pool of blood, I had to re-evaluate my life.- Arianna Huffington on when she realized the dangers of sleep deprivation

It became clear to Huffington that we as a society were equating long days and short nights with success. She now sees sleep deprivation as the new smoking — something we saw as harmless in the past, only to realize its seriousness later. 

But Huffington says that we are currently seeing a cultural shift when it comes to sleep. She says companies, like her own, which provide nap rooms and ones like Aetna compensating their employees for a good night's sleep, mean that people are starting to see the far-reaching effects of adequate sleep.

"[Sleep] improves our productivity and it reduces our health-care costs," she says. 

And if you're reading this and feeling the familiar sensation of heavy eyelids, Huffington says take a nap as soon as you can.

"Naps are the only way to reset your day if, for whatever reason, you haven't gotten a good night's sleep."  - Arianna Huffington

Are you in need of a sleep revolution?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese.