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Nobody Is Too Important for Sleep, Arianna Huffington Says

She calls smartphones "kryptonite for sleep." Turn them off, people!

Vjeran Pavic for Re/code

Sixty percent of people sleep or have slept near their smartphones, and that’s a big problem, Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington says. The solution, she argues in her new book "The Sleep Revolution," is to gradually ease yourself off of technology before you hit the hay.

"You don’t just drop children into bed. You kind of have a little ritual: You give them a bath, put them in their PJs, read them a little something," Huffington said on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask. "We need to create a ritual for ourselves. … Even if it’s five minutes before you turn off the lights, turn off your devices and charge them outside the bedroom."

On the new podcast, a special episode focused squarely on sleep and technology, Huffington also delved into the types of devices that are good for sleep:

Later in the show, co-hosts Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answered your questions about sleep tech, including about Apple Night Shift and whether virtual reality will affect our dreams.

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