Getting Enough Sleep – If you would like to be successful, then it is imperative that you get enough sleep every night. Do you believe that you are superhuman and can survive on less sleep than everybody else? Do you figure that if you stay up a little longer that you will be more productive?
Well, you may be the exception, but that is probably not the case.
The average person needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to be productive.
Failure to meet these guidelines may lead to –
– Increased weight
– Increased strew and maybe even depression
– Lack of focus and clarity
– Increased chance of accident
I, like many of you, fall into the trap of thinking that if I cut out an hour of sleep each day, I can get more done. I made that error last night and wound up setting my alarm to get up an hour early. I am not sure if that was a good decision or a bad decision, but I do know that I did not get enough sleep last night.
As a result, I am going to put in a new practice to make sure that I can get more sleep on a daily basis. This may benefit anybody who struggles with getting enough sleep.
Go to sleep at the same time every night – This is easier said than done. However, the body craves consistency and the best way to give it this consistency is to go to sleep at the same time each day. It helps if you can have a bedtime routine, which may include winding down about an hour before you want to go sleep. Get your body and mind trained that it s about to sleep and you will be more likely to fall asleep quickly.
Complete things that day – A major cause of people’s inability to sleep is worry because of things that are not done. You will not be able to get everything done every day. However, you o have control over completing a few things a day and creating plans for those things that you can complete during that day. Putting in this simple practice will allow you to go to sleep at night with a fairly clear head. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, attributed much of success to being able to get enough quality sleep each day, even when he was facing tremendous stress and pressure in building his business.
Whatever is going on, make every effort to clear your mind at night. If you are successful at doing this, you will be in a much better position to make tomorrow a more productive day.
Don’t beat yourself up – Like anything you do, getting enough sleep is more of an art than a science. If you are not completely successful at achieving your sleep goals, do not beat yourself up. Learn from your experiences and you will put yourself in a much better position to get everything that you want out of your life and your work.