A Horrifying Example of Why You Need More Sleep
“One by one each of his organs started shutting down. His heart rate was erratic. It become painful to stand up straight. He had to blend his food because he could not digest it. His blood pressure was so low he blacked out if he stood up too fast. He went to the emergency room twice.
He kept telling himself he would slow down after the next deal, then the next, then the one after that. But of course he didn’t.”
The above paragraphs are an excerpt from a chapter about sleep from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown, where he talks about a thirty-six year old, ambitious, overachiever CEO named Geoff who routinely slept only 4-6 hours each night – not nearly enough.
Sleep is important.
In fact, in another example from Essentialism Greg mentions how Charles A. Czeisler, the Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, wrote in an article that “Pulling an all-nighter or having a week of sleeping just four or five hours a night actually induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.”
Yes, that’s legally drunk folks. And that’s without drinking a single beer – Which would be way more fun.
Sleep helps us perform at our best, feel our best and be our best selves. This is exactly why super-high performers like Jeff Bezos, the founder of amazon.com, are focusing more on sleep. Bezos says “I’m more alert and I think more clearly. I just feel so much better all day long if I’ve had eight hours.”
Are you getting 7-8 hours or more of sleep each night?
If not, you may want to consider the long term ramifications of not doing so.
I’ll leave you with the best message on the subject, directly from Essentialism, “The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves.”
Take care of yourself, have a great day and for the love of God get some sleep!