Sleep isn’t the first thing to come to mind when we discuss success. If anything, it is an afterthought.
Many business leaders believe it is a badge of honor to get less sleep than the competition. Donald Trump, President Obama, Jay Leno and many others regularly boast about getting less than six hours of sleep per night.
At first thought this makes sense. There are only 24 hours in a day, so to get ahead of the competition the first thing we can cut out is sleep. Then we have more hours to work, create, respond to customers, make decisions, and spend time with our families.
Although this seems like a winning strategy, for the majority of people less sleep doesn’t equate to success. The opposite is true in most cases.
There are some people (very few) who can genetically run on less sleep, but most of us need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Any less than that, then you are not running optimally.
One of the primary reasons we need sleep is to reset our brains. When we sleep, the glymphatic system empties the trash from our brains. This cleansing helps our cognitive abilities, and we think clearer.
To learn more about sleep, check out my Ultimate Sleep Guide.
If you want more success, happiness, and productivity in your life, then more sleep may be your answer. Below are five ways sleep helps you become more successful in all areas of your life.
Five Ways Sleep Improves Your Life
Better Decisions/Fewer Mistakes
Do you know what Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and Three Mile Island all have in common? All of those catastrophes were blamed on sleep deprivation.
When we consistently get less than six hours of sleep per night, it is harder for us to focus. Our brains don’t have an opportunity to empty the toxins and may even affect our healthier cells.
Sleep deprivation impairs judgments and makes the decision-making process more difficult. To ensure you are making good decisions, get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
More sleep helps you make better decisions at work and home.
Getting more sleep seem counterintuitive because when we sleep more, then we have less time to work.
The truth is when you stay awake for longer than 18 consecutive hours then your ability to focus, reaction speed, decision-making ability, memory, and cognitive skills start to deteriorate. When you get this little sleep over multiple days, then these skills get even worse.
If you want to be productive at the highest levels, then get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
It is no secret likable people are more successful than unlikable people. They get promoted more, have more friends, make more sales, and have more money.
Getting by on the minimum amount of sleep makes it difficult to be sociable and likable. You are less engaged, look less interested, and participate less in team meetings. Lack of sleep also affects your emotions, and you have a greater chance of snapping at your colleagues or bursting into tears.
To ensure you are more likable get the proper amount of sleep because will improve your mood. When you are in a better mood you will have more patience, ask better questions, be more engaged in conversations, and tend to talk to more people.
Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on your health, and we know it ‘s hard to be successful when you are sick (especially when you miss work).
Chronic sleep loss impairs your immune system. Many studies show when you continually get less than six hours of sleep per night you are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes; not to mention the common colds and flu.
Anyone who wants to achieve more should have a goal of being healthy too. An excellent way to promote good health is to get an adequate amount of sleep. Additionally, staying healthy helps you stay focused and miss fewer days of work due to health issues.
As we learned earlier, when we sleep our brains empty out the “trash.” This flushing technique helps our creativity and problem-solving skills.
Studies have shown sleep helps the brain seek out unrelated ideas and produces a connection among them that increases the chances of a creative solution. This is the reason many successful people keep a journal beside their bed and write down ideas once they wake up.
At the surface, getting less sleeps appears to be the way to be more successful and get more done. However, less sleep is the worst the decision you can make.
To improve your productivity, success, and health; aim to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping; then download my Snuze Guide.
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