What kind of post is this??? Hahaha! In all seriousness, If you consider what I’m writing, it could change your life. Big promise, eh? Well what if you accidentally spent your whole life in a state of drunkenness? That would be a huge problem, right? You very well may be.
One of the guys I’m constantly learning from is Michael Hyatt. He is a genius as far as I’m concerned. His post from yesterday, Click here to check it out, was a game changer. It is about sleep and how it seriously impacts your performance. In fact, you should probably leave my blog and go read his. Just don’t forget about me if you get consumed by his great content 🙂
What was the big takeaway? For me, one statement about the impact of sleep deprivation really hit home. According to a study he referenced, getting 6.5 hours of sleep a night is equivalent to walking around drunk. In the sense of reduced intellectual capacity, at least. I can verify this.
I recently kicked the habit of the snooze button. It used to be terrible. 10 times in the morning! Why would you do that?! Going off every 3 minutes until it wouldn’t go off again if I hit it again. Then I stopped cold turkey. I started setting an old school alarm, instead of my phone, and getting up at the first sound of it going off. It was incredible! I was getting so much accomplished with the extra time in the mornings (like writing this blog).
But then something happened. My greatly flawed philosophy of more is better kicked in and convinced me that if I could accomplish that much by getting up at 6:00 instead of hitting the snooze button for 30 minutes, then I could conquer the world if I got up at 5!
Wrong! Why? Because I didn’t go to bed any earlier, so I was cutting an hour into my sleep right off the bat, and then, since I didn’t get enough sleep, guess what I started hitting again? Yep, the snooze button.
My productivity has taken a huge hit and it’s obvious why. My mental clarity is nowhere near what it is when I get a full 8 hours, and I’d be willing to bet that you are the same.
Wouldn’t it be worth at least a try? Plan to get a full 8 hours of sleep tonight and see if I’m not right. If you really want to test it, Plan to get a full 8 hours for a full week and watch how much you accomplish. This isn’t a challenge I’m just throwing out for you. It is for me as well.
Lets not keep getting drunk with the snooze button. Sleep well, and wake up ready to conquer the world. Here’s to a good night’s rest and a better, more productive life.
Keep making progress,