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Arianna Huffington Discusses the Importance of Sleep to Boost Immunity

Arianna Huffington Discusses the Importance of Sleep to Boost Immunity

Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington discusses why sleep is crucial for our immunity right now.

Welcome to another edition of B-Well Together, a webinar series, highlighting tips, resources, and coping skills from leading wellbeing experts to support you and your families. Prior episodes featured renowned Buddhist meditation practitioner and author Jack Kornfield, award-winning comedian Trevor Noah, and pioneering psychiatrist Kim Norman.

Today, Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington — who also founded the Huffington Post and authored “The Sleep Revolution” — discusses why sleep is crucial right now. “We need to make sure our bodies have the ability to fight off any viruses,” Huffington says. “Sleep is key to building up our immunity.”

In this video below, she offers a number of key tips to ensure you get enough sleep, which lands between seven and nine hours a night for most people. Some people, she adds, have a genetic mutation where they do not need that much, but those exist in a very small group. The rest of us have to release ourselves from outside forces like stress, work, and constant news and social media to allow us to get a good night’s sleep.

“You can’t make yourself go to sleep,” Huffington adds. “You have to surrender to sleep.”

She recommends not having your phone in your room, so you’re not tempted to look at it, especially if you wake up in the middle of the night. Also: soothe yourself with good books, meditation, and warm purifying baths or showers to help your body shift gears. For more tips like this, watch the video in full below.

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Ari Bendersky Contributing Editor

Ari Bendersky is a Chicago-based lifestyle journalist who has contributed to a number of leading publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal magazine, Men's Journal, and many more. He has written for brands as wide-ranging as Ace Hardware to Grassroots Cannabis and is a lead contributor to the Salesforce 360 Blog. He is also the co-host of the Overserved podcast, featuring long-form conversations with food and beverage personalities.

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