Sleep Your Way To Success
I know some of you have gone off on a tangential thought path. What I am referring to is actual ‘sleep’ and how getting a good night’s sleep is essential to you being able to create success.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved my sleep and Mum used to say that I knew when I had had enough and I’d just go and put myself to bed. As an adult, I still love my sleep with 9 hours a night being ideal. I often think to myself that if I could just get by on less sleep, I could get even more done during the day. After reading several books recently, I have realised that it is because I sleep well and get a good night’s sleep that I am able to do as much as I do throughout the day.
There is the dangerous stereotype of the overachiever who lives on caffeine and four to five hours, burning the candle at both ends. When you take an account of their time and performance, it quickly reveals why they have to work 20 hours a day to get everything done. The lack of sleep means their work is inefficient and they end up doing everything twice. Sleep is essential to success at work and in business. I know for myself when I am learning something new, I get up super early because I am excited to get stuck into it but this cuts into my sleep and by the end of the day, I look back on what I have achieved for the day and the day felt like a shemozzle and I didn’t accomplish as much as I set out to.
A lack of sleep reeks havoc with your body causing increased cravings for dense carbohydrates and sugar. I know this to be true for myself when I don’t get enough sleep, I crave sugary junk. Obesity and sleep have long been associated and there is research now that reveals why. A lack of sleep has been associated with weight gain even when there is little change to the level of physical activity. The body’s insulin response can be disrupted and people, particularly women, eat more, especially at night.
A lack of sleep affects your immune system. I’ve experienced this first hand with my dog wanting to go outside two or three times a night for a few night’s in a row. I started to feel tired, run down and I came down with a cold. A few days later I had to fly to a conference and with the congestion and the change of pressure from the flight, I burst my ear drum. It all started with several night’s of disrupted sleep. Most people don’t associate the cold they have with a lack of sleep.
The brain does many functions while you sleep including sorting through information. This is why creative bursts and solutions can spontaneously emerge to challenging problems after a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is also vital for your mental health and memory.
Your prescription to creating more success in every area of your life is: have a good night’s sleep of eight and half hours, every night.