In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.



  • How much sleep do you usually get every night?
  • Do you get up feeling refreshed each morning?





  • dormant – in a deep sleep
  • deprive – prevent (a person or place) from having or using something
  • virilty – manliness
  • one-upmanship – the technique or practice of gaining an advantage or feeling of superiority over another person
  • gratitude – the quality of being thankful


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • How did Arianna rediscover the value of sleep? What happened to her?
  • What does Arianna say about the way some men think about sleep deprivation?
  • What is the problem for some people with 8 o’clock?
  • What is the conclusion of Arianna’s talk? Do you agree?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the words in CAPITAL LETTERS used in correct forms.

This is a room of type A women. This is a room of sleep-________ DEPRIVATION women. And I learned the hard way the value of sleep. Two-and-a-half years ago, I fainted from ________ EXHAUST. I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone, I got five stitches on my right eye. And I began the journey of ________ DISCOVER the value of sleep. And in the course of that, I studied, I met with _________ MEDICINE doctors, ________ SCIENCE , and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more ________ PRODUCT, more inspired, more ________ JOY life is getting enough sleep.


Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

________ is now a kind of sleep deprivation one-upmanship. Especially here in Washington, _________ you try to make a breakfast date, and you say, “How about eight o’clock?” they’re likely to ________ you, “Eight o’clock is too late for me, but that’s OK, I can get a game of tennis in and _________ a few conference calls and meet you ________ eight.” And they think that means they are ________ incredibly busy and productive, but the truth is, they’re not, because we, at the moment, have had brilliant leaders in business, in finance, in politics, making terrible decisions. So a high IQ ________ not mean that you’re a good leader, because the essence of leadership is being able to see the iceberg before it hits ________ Titanic.


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