sleep-challenge-2010

We believe getting enough shuteye is the next feminist issue. After all, women have already broken glass ceilings in politics, sports, business and the media -- just imagine what we can do when we're fully awake.
This is it, the last post of Sleep Challenge 2010, my joint project with comrade-in-PJs Arianna Huffington to urge American women to stop walking around sleep-deprived and be good to themselves for once. So, what have I learned, other than that the world won't fall apart if I don't watch Letterman?
Among the 972 weird things about sleep I didn't know until Arianna Huffington and I started the Sleep Challenge: There is a toothpaste that supposedly makes you sleep better.
I know for a fact that everything in life is more interesting when you dress for it. So I've stopped collapsing in bed wearing my old Doors T-shirt, and actually started thinking of bedtime as a fashion occasion.
For the first time in probably 10 years, I've only fallen asleep when I meant to, as opposed to on planes, trains, automobiles, over romantic dinners or during family events.
Just one of the startling things I've learned over the last two weeks of the Sleep Challenge is that apparently, when it comes to good health, what you do in the hour right before you go to bed really matters.
Here's a question for all of you: What are you doing less of to make more time for sleep?
All of a sudden, there I was in the pitch-black, mentally scrolling through my to-do list. I did end up eventually falling back asleep, but when I went for a run this morning, I accidentally locked myself out of my own house.
I firmly believe that one of the major reasons I'm thriving in my late 60s is that I am adamant about getting sufficient sleep.
As of this morning, we've emerged victorious from what some experts consider the biggest test of American women's sleep habits: that 48-hour health menace known as the weekend.
It's four days into Sleep Challenge 2010 -- the experiment Arianna Huffington and I kicked off to try to encourage American women to get more rest. So how's this American woman doing?