Publisher and founder of website The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, recently held a live Q&A on Twitter for her new book called The Sleep Revolution.
After suffering from sleep deprivation and burn-out which resulted in Huffington falling down a flight of stairs and breaking her cheekbone, she began researching into the science of sleep.
Huffington, who is now a self-confessed sleep enthusiast and big believer in the restorative powers of a good nap, answered questioned posed by the public in short videos posted on her Twitter page.
From the Q&A, here are Huffington's seven tips for getting your best sleep ever.
1. Rekindle your romance with sleep by having a transition routine.
Huffington recommends having a transition process to sleep better. "Mine is getting the devices out of the bedroom, having a hot bath... wearing PJ's...and reading only physical books in bed," she says.
2. Didn't sleep too well last night? Take a nap in the day.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 3, 2016
"You need seven to nine hours sleep," says Huffington, "and once you accept that you're going to make the necessary changes in your life." But on the night's you can't get a full dose of shut-eye, try to get a nap early in the next day, she says.
3. If you're a 'night owl', you need to retrain yourself to sleep at night. Your productivity will thank you.
"I used to think I was a creative night owl, but the truth is I would often use food to power through and I would wake up exhausted, and the day would be wasted," says Huffington. And after retraining herself, she says she finds herself even more creative.
4. Don't worry about oversleeping. There is no such thing.
"We can't oversleep, unless you are a narcoleptic or you have deep depression," says Huffington. The sign to knowing you've had enough sleep is when you wake up without an alarm, feeling refreshed for the day.
5. Exercise before bed is fine. It's the exercise first thing in the morning that can be a problem.
Exercise at anytime of day releases stress and gets you ready for bed. But Huffington says, "People put the alarm on to wake up and go to the gym, before they've had enough sleep." That's where the problems start.
6. If you get enough sleep, you won't have to choose between sleep and a social life.
It's all about prioritising sleep, says Huffington. "You're going to be much better in terms of your grades, and you're going to have a better social life where you'll be really present and enjoy yourself," she says.
7. Best way to get rid of the afternoon slump is to take a nap.
Yep, she loves naps. "Take a nap as soon as you get tired," says Huffington. It helps you avoid excess caffeine which can dehydrate you and make you more tired in the long run.