The CEO Sleep Experiment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In the city that supposedly never sleeps, it’s not nightlife that’s preventing people from getting their Z’s: It’s more work. (Martin Novak/Shutterstock)

After WNYC's "Clock Your Sleep" project, four CEOs launched an experiment to encourage their employees to rest more during the day, get better sleep, and stay away from email after work. Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Herb Scannell, President of BBC Worldwide America, and MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO at Forest City Ratner Companies, check in on what they learned and what permanent changes might work for them.


MaryAnne Gilmartin, Arianna Huffington, Herb Scannell and Laura R. Walker

Comments [8]

michelle e.e. from brkln

@michael d.d.

Jul. 15 2014 05:11 PM
carolanyc from Brooklyn

One of the deficiencies of the WNYC Clock your Sleep project was that it didn't have a mechanism for including meditation, only naps. As Brian just mentioned, taking a nap in the middle of a work day can be logistically challenging, but doing a 20 min. meditation in a chair is much more feasible, and even deeper rest. When I worked in an office, I would do it on the first half of my lunch hour.

Jul. 15 2014 12:04 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Maybe MaryAnne Gilmartin isn't supposed to be getting a good nights' sleep. There are some things, Atlantic Yards being one of them, about which people are supposed to have the kind of guilty consciousness that keeps you awake at night.

Jul. 15 2014 12:02 PM

If Ariana Huffington started actually paying the unpaid contributors to Huffington Post who made very rich, and plagiarizing the work of others (yes, there was a court case) she would doubtless give lots of writers better nights' sleep.

Jul. 15 2014 11:57 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

In these discussions of workplace stress, I'm surprised that no one ever mentions the fact that before email, many upper-level office workers and executives had administrative assistants to read, sort, and respond to their boss's correspondence. The fact that the correspondence is now electronic does not change the amount of correspondence, or the time it takes to address that correspondence.

If these special, executive guests want to help their teams, they should go back to hiring and assigning administrative assistants to those with higher-level skills who are being buried in email.

Jul. 15 2014 11:51 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

How ironic can you get? MaryAnne Gilmartin of Forest City Ratner is on a segment about how people can get more sleep? After Forest City Ratner abuses its "Atlantic Yards" welcome and rights to construct and drive piles, doing construction in the middle of the night, and keeps on extraordinarily harsh and bright lights that disturb the neighbors?

Furthermore, wouldn't we all sleep better at night if we could rest assured that Forest City Ratner wasn't colluding with our elected officials to take our home via eminent domain under pretext of "blight? Not to mention robbing the public fisc blind with monopolistic theft of subsidies.

Jul. 15 2014 11:51 AM
Molly from New York

I think it's great writing AND sending emails in the evening. Because then the responses are in the next morning.

Jul. 15 2014 11:47 AM

You lost me at Adrianna Huffington. Turning off now.

Jul. 15 2014 11:44 AM

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