Media mogul Arianna Huffington offered advice on how to succeed in business at Thursday's Perspectives 2012: Get some sleep.
The multimillionaire often offers this advice, and it draws laughs, but her message is quite serious, as one Roseville sleep specialist told me.
Dr. Amer Khan described sleep deprivation as a pervasive problem that is sabotaging U.S. business and Americans' health.
"The smarter, high-income people ... feel like they're being so much more productive by sleeping less," he said. "The problem with lack of sleep is that you lose alertness. You're less likely to make good decisions. You're more impulsive. You have trouble consolidating your memories, and you're more prone to stress. That means some of your decision-making will be impacted by feelings of anxiety."
Huffington didn't elaborate Thursday on what motivated her advice, but in a 2010 talk to leaders in technology, education and design, she said: "Two and a half years ago, I fainted from exhaustion. I hit my head. I broke my chinbone. I got five stitches on my right eye, and I began the journey of rediscovering the value of sleep, and in the course of that, I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I'm here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep."
Khan sees the problems: Delivery drivers barely miss accidents. A manager's brain stops working by afternoon. A teenager's grades fall.
Yet these are minor issues compared with what a lack of sleep eventually will do. It's directly linked to weight gain, increased blood sugar levels, early diabetes, early heart disease, stroke and more, Khan said.
"It goes back to a discussion of why as a population we are becoming more overweight, more diabetic, more hypertensive people, in general," Khan said. "... In the early 1900s, the average sleep of an American was about nine hours per night, and now it's about 6 1/2 hours."
Some of this is about sleep apnea, but much of it can be attributed to poor habits around sleep that started in childhood and were never addressed, Khan told me. Sleep deprivation can accelerate the onset of hypertension, type 2 diabetes or other health problems that an individual was genetically predisposed to have.
At www.sehatusleep. com, Khan blogs about situations he's encountered, and he welcomes emails at email@example.com.
"When we have a population of people that are living longer, we also need to have that population healthier and more able to take care of themselves," Khan said. " All these problems would happen much later in life and could be avoided to a large extent if people had good sleep health."
So, everything does look better after a good night's sleep.
Before you sleep, Mangia
Now that restaurateurs Mark Scribner and Dave Virga have added Mangia to their Paesanos family of restaurants, there's very little of the day when they're not feeding Sacramento.
The new restaurant, located next to Paesanos at 1806 Capitol Ave., opens as early as 7 a.m. most days. Their Uncle Vito's restaurants in midtown and Davis close as late as 2 a.m. on several nights.
Dana Scarpulla, who heads up operations for the Paesanos chain, said Mangia continues to serve Java City coffee as an homage to the local roaster that operated at the site for 27 years.
"We're really seeking to hit that early morning-lunchtime crowd whereas Paesanos next door, with the full bar and the hearty pastas and pizzas, really does great business at dinner," she said.
Mangia's sandwiches range from the Bombay chicken salad at $6.95 to the the $8.95 Hail Mary with chipotle coleslaw, melted Swiss cheese, and pastrami cured and smoked on site. It's a menu developed by Paesanos executive chef Jason Sondgrath.
As for the name Mangia, it's an Italian order to "eat."