In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with author, syndicated columnist, and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
Huffington talked about her new book “The Sleep Revolution,” what a “danger” Donald Trump is and how very wrong Thomas Jefferson was. She also talks about what she describes as her biggest achievement.
BQ: We are a sleep-deprived bunch. This is an important book.
AH: It seems now that the majority of people are sleep deprived and burned out. It was bad enough before we became addicted to technology, and now with our addiction to technology and our smart phone being the portal to our work life, it means we never really disconnect. And we see this at every age. That’s why I feel it’s time to take control of our lives and recognize how essential sleep is.
BQ: Being chained to our technology is part of our workaholic culture. One of the stats from your book says 40 percent of Americans say they are sleep deprived. That is a crazy number.
AH: It is, because what it means is that we are affecting our health. The connection in the science chapter of the book between sleep deprivation and almost every disease, from obesity and diabetes to hypertension and heart disease to cancer … Alzheimer’s is so clear that when weare sleep deprived , we think we are just very busy and we’re too important even sometimes to really have enough time to sleep. But we are hurting our health and paradoxically we are hurting our productivity. So we often sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, in the name of our work but in fact, we are degrading the functions that make us most creative and productive.
BQ: How about napping? I know you say napping is really good, but is sleep cumulative?
AH: If for whatever reason you don’t get your full 7 to 9 hours, everyone’s advice in the scientific circles is to get a nap as soon as you can. Because it means you are going to immediately reset your body and your brain and you are not going to be walking through the rest of your day like a zombie.
BQ: A cranky zombie!
AH: Like a cranky zombie, a cranky, moody zombie who is overeating too, because if you are sleep deprived, your body craves sugars and carbs. There are two hormones that regulate our hunger that are activated. So absolutely the worst thing you want to do if you want to lose weight, is set your alarm too early in the morning to go to the gym. So my advice to everybody listening and watching is sleep in if you want to lose weight.
BQ: Now as for your political career, are you really, really plugged in and don’t want to miss a minute of this current campaign — this current campaign is “unusual?”
AH: Well, obviously we are covering it relentlessly at the Huffington Post but we’ve taken some very strong stands regarding what a danger Donald Trump is and we have an editor’s note at the end of each article on Trump where we remind our readers he’s the only candidate who is a birther, who regularly incites viloence at his rallies, who wants to ban 1.6 billion Muslims and we think it’s very important as a responsible media company to remind readers and voters of all that.
Check out the full interview in the video above.
About Arianna Huffington:
Arianna Huffington is the author of 15 books, a syndicated columnist and co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post — a news and blog site that launched in 2005 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012.
In 2006, and again in 2011, Huffington was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Originally from Greece, Huffington moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics.
She has two daughters who she calls her greatest achievement.
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.
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