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Posted at 1:24 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

Arianna Huffington shares one of the secrets of her success: Getting a good night's sleep.

Reminds me of Justin Fox's argument that "the propensity to nod off in planes, which I do not possess, may be the No. 1 prerequisite to success in the world of multinational corporations."

By Ezra Klein  | January 3, 2011; 1:24 PM ET
 
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I completely agree with Justin Fox. Most of the truly successful executive types I have known have been blessed with the ability to grab sleep (real REM sleep) in bits and pieces, fully clothed and in all manner of public facilities or conveyances. It's a skill that I am, sadly, completely lacking.

Posted by: Virginia7 | January 3, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Come on. She is successful because she was married to a politician and knows the right people.

Turns out she was smarter than he was, but a good night's sleep has absolutely nothing to do with her success.

Many Americans get a good night's sleep but aren't successful, so obviously it isn't about sleep.

Posted by: lauren2010 | January 3, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

And yet one sometimes wonders how Arianna sleeps at night at all. She is the queen of the misleading headline and hyperbole. Transgressions that would make me not just blush but lose sleep over.

I don't think people become successful because they have the ability to sleep but -- au contraire -- are able to sleep because they have no scruples about the things they've done to become successful.

The rest of us sit awake at night worrying about whether we perhaps said the wrong thing or could have done something better, and then have to go downstairs and pour a glass of cognac or grappa to rid ourselves of the guilt. The conscientious and humble are damned to fitful sleep; the self-assured rest like babes.

Posted by: JJenkins2 | January 3, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Getting a good night's sleep . . . with whom? LOL

Posted by: 54465446 | January 3, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sleep your way to the top... Ha. Americans are known, and for some reason proud of, our work weeks. We work late, get up early, commute further and it takes its toll on our friends and family. But being the most productive country in the world, and the last remaining superpower has its costs.

Posted by: RisingTideLiftsAllBoats | January 3, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I almost can't stay awake on planes. I frequently miss that first run at the drink cart because as soon as the takeoff starts and I get pressed into the seat I just immediately start nodding off. I don't know that it's made me more successful, but I am baffled that people are so willing to sacrifice sleep. We need it!

Posted by: MosBen | January 3, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

a multimillion dollar divorce settlement would allow me to sleep soundly, too...

Posted by: daudder | January 3, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

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