Arianna Huffington, Glamour’s Cindi Leive: Get Some Sleep!

SleepChallenge2010.jpgGoing against Warren Zevon’s theory of “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” The Huffington Post editor in chief Arianna Huffington and Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive are teaming up on Sleep Challenge 2010, in which they committed to getting the minimum amount of sleep recommended by doctors each night: seven-and-one-half hours.

Huffington and Leive will jointly blog twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays, on both sites, and HuffPost’s Living section features research on the impact of sleep deprivation, advice from former insomniacs, dream interpretations and more.

Huffington said:

Cindi and I recently attended a women’s conference and noticed how many high achievers were skipping sleep in their quest to “do it all.” We want to remind women that sleep isn’t an optional luxury, but a necessity that pays priceless dividends, from increased productivity to more happiness and creativity.

Leive added:

It may sound far-fetched, but I honestly believe that sleep is a feminist issue. As women, we spend a lot of time talking about how to achieve control of our lives and power in this country, but really, what kind of a shot do we have at that if we’re walking around half-asleep all the time? So many women I know cheat themselves out of sleep because unlike work and family commitments, it seems optional—but of course it isn’t. We want to tell women that it’s not selfish or lazy to put themselves first, at least for seven-and-a-half hours a day.