TEDxWomen is this weekend. To celebrate, we revisit one of our favorite TEDWomen talks: co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, on a big, but often-ignored problem facing women today — sleep deprivation.
After fainting from exhaustion at her desk, suffering a broken cheekbone as well as a gash on her eye, Arianna soon realized that sleep deprivation is an issue far more serious than the complaints and brags at the water cooler of how much sleep we aren’t getting.
"We women are going to lead the way in this new revolution, this new feminist issue," she says. "We are literally going to sleep our way to the top.
…Because unfortunately for men, sleep deprivation has become a virility symbol…I have a feeling that if Lehman Brothers was Lehman Brothers and Sisters, they might still be around. While all the brothers were busy just being hyper-connected 24/7, maybe a sister would have noticed the iceberg, because she would have woken up from a seven-and-a-half- or eight-hour sleep and have been able to see the big picture.”
In response to Arianna’s argument, we asked organizers of some of the 140 TEDxWomen events that will be hosted worldwide around the webcast of TEDxWomen — what stops them from getting enough sleep. Here are some of their answers:
Carving out the time.
—Dora Chomiak, TEDxWestVillageWomen
Being an individual who has too many hobbies. Work, performances, sports training, volunteer work, club meetings, etc. keep me going non-stop.
—Uyanga Vladimir, TEDxUlaanbaatarWomen
Most often, a snoring husband and evening meetings that leave my mind racing with ideas.
—Carrie Willar, TEDxABQWomen
Spending a great, enjoyable time with my laptop…for midnight brainstorms, reading, chatting, watching videos, sharing ideas, throwing out ideas.
—Deni Simeonova, TEDxMladostWomen