Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, is promoting a new book called The Sleep Revolution, which encourages Americans to turn off electronic devices, shut out the world, and get more sleep in order to be more productive.
And her top target is the President-elect, who famously claims to sleep only between 90 minutes and four hours per night.
“Trump suffers from the classic symptoms of sleep deprivation and it means he makes rash decisions,” she told an audience at the Discovery Leadership Summit in South Africa. She says the lack of shut-eye has led the Republican to make controversial statements and explains why he sends temperamental Tweets out in the middle of the night.
She’s not the first to question Trump’s sleep habits. Back in April, the Daily Beast asked how Trump was able to function in the Republican primaries on barely half of the recommended amount of sleep for a 70-year-old man. In February the New York Times, in its “unified theory of Trump,” claimed that Trump’s lack of REM sleep caused a host of Trumpian “character disorders” as well as “sudden, inchoate bursts of anger.”
Huffington went on to describe Trump’s election as “incomprehensible.”
Her namesake website, which is now under new direction, couched all of its stories about Donald Trump with an “editorial note” reading, “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”
They’ve since stopped the practice claiming Trump deserves a “clean slate.”
And, it seems, more sleep.