Sleep Well = Success
Updated: Mar 7, 2019
Hold on a minute! Did I hear you right that SLEEPING WELL leads to success?
I thought success came from hard work, long hours, commitment, outdoing the competition....
S-L-E-E-P….that valuable commodity that most of us get precious little of these days. Of course, it’s a stretch to say that being a world class sleeper will ensure your success, but it will certainly help you to accomplish the things required and be the kind of person who CAN become a success – no matter your endeavor.
I’ve written about sleep in previous articles, but it’s a topic that really cannot be emphasized enough. It’s so easy to fall into habits that don’t serve us well, and many of those things have a direct impact on the quality of our sleep.
I honestly don’t think that most people realize that they are sleep deprived, and they certainly don’t realize the impact that being sleep deprived has on their health, concentration, creativity, memory, relationships, and overall motivation.
Can you relate?
Maybe you are a world-class sleeper…. if so, well congratulations! Let me shower you with confetti! You’ve achieved one of my highest goals! (I’m not kidding…)
However, I bet you know plenty of people whose learning ability is impaired to about the same degree as someone who’s been binge drinking or using marijuana.
What?! That’s right. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that poor sleep quality was equal to binge drinking and marijuana use in determining academic performance.
“Well, OK…but I’m not a student anymore, so that doesn’t really apply to me.”
I beg to differ….because learning is hugely important in our lives, no matter what stage of life we’re in. We must all be able to learn and retain information to be able to succeed at whatever we’re attempting to do.
Here are just a few of the direct benefits of high quality sleep:
· Improved immune system
· Balanced hormones
· Increased metabolism
· Increases energy
· Improves brain function
It goes to say that poor quality sleep can do just the opposite, plus more.
An excellent book – well written and very well-researched – is Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson. If you do not have it, I highly recommend it. Get it. Read it. Implement his suggestions. Then share it!
In the meantime (while you’re waiting for his in-depth book to arrive in the mail), I’ve pulled together seven of the things that have a huge impact on my sleep quality. I’ve put them in the form of a checklist, and you can download it by going here. Print it out and keep it handy – use it as an occasional “quiz” or assessment to check up on yourself and see where you might need a bit of tweaking in your routines. The checklist includes what I personally think are the 7 primary areas that can have a huge impact.
I’m including a little short assessment that is in the back of Shawn’s book as part of his 14-Day Sleep Makeover.
Rate yourself 1 to 10 on these 5 questions:
I certainly hope you were able to honestly give yourself lots of 8s, 9, and 10s. However, experience shows that most of us – at least from time to time – fall short. Start making some improvements NOW by downloading my freebie “Sleep Sanity Checklist” and purchasing Shawn Stevenson’s “Sleep Smarter” book. Share this blog article with your friends, because I guarantee, some of them are suffering from this modern day malady.
Here’s to your improved sleep and good health!