Healthy Living

Why Sleep 'Ranks Number One' In Arianna Huffington's Life

And her six best tips for catching those Z's.
07/17/2015 08:27am ET | Updated July 17, 2015

Since her collapse from exhaustion in 2007, Arianna Huffington has transformed her daily sleep habits into her superpower. But rather than keeping this secret to her success under wraps, she's openly and enthusiastically sharing it with anyone who will listen.

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Parade magazine cover for Sunday, July 19, 2015, featuring Arianna Huffington

Parade magazine cover for Sunday, July 19, 2015, featuring Arianna Huffington, courtesy of Ben Baker/Redux Pictures

The latest cover of Parade magazine, which will hit newsstands on Sunday, July 19, showcases a photo of The Huffington Post's president and editor-in-chief in bed, cozy in pink satin nightgown, ready to share her six best tips for catching more Z's -- something the majority of Americans desperately need to do.

According to a poll of 15,000 people conducted by both Parade and HuffPost, 95 percent of respondents want more sleep, but more than a third of them sleep five hours or less each night.

In the cover story, "In Bed With Arianna: Why The Notoriously Hard-Driving Huffington Post Founder Makes Sleep A Priority," writer Carol Clurman explains why sleep "ranks number one" in Huffington's life, her secrets to achieving the coveted eight hours of shut-eye each night, and the science that offers a laundry list of sleep's health benefits:

"Huffington is not the only one touting sleep's superpowers. Researchers have found connections between sleep and heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, poor memory, weight gain -- and even shortened lifespan. According to a study published earlier this year by the American Psychological Association, sleep has been proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity." -- Carol Clurman, Parade

It's clear that sleep deprivation doesn't just affect your appearance, but wreaks havoc on your body as well. Be sure to check out the article on Huffington's sleep secrets from Parade online or in person on Sunday, and start prioritizing your sleep!