Sleep is the foundation to a productive, healthy lifestyle

Ariana Huffington, founder of Thrive Global, believes sleep is the foundation of every aspect of our physical and mental well-being.

In an article she wrote for Thrive Global, she highly recommended removing cell phones from bedrooms.

That would be very difficult for me to do. That’s my alarm clock and as a dad of three now-grown and married daughters, I still have an innate feeling that I need to be available to them, if there was ever an emergency.

However, keeping my phone charging by my bed, also works to interrupt my sleep with text messages at 2:19 a.m. from someone else who can’t sleep and opts to respond to a group message at that time of night.

“Our phones are repositories of everything we need to put away to allow us to sleep — our to-do lists, our inboxes, the demands of the day. So charging our devices in another room allows us to wake up as recharged as our phones, Ariana wrote.

Studies have confirmed that even when people are not using their devices, part of our minds are still subconsciously attending to them, or anticipating an interruption. Plus, the blue light our devices emit suppresses melatonin, the hormone connected to sleep regulation, she added.

“So as soon as I started taking my devices out of my bedroom as part of my sleep routine, my sleep quality improved,” said Ariana.

The full story as well as information about what Ariana does to reset her mind can be found at