Sleep…..who needs it?
The answer to the question that this blog post title poses should be pretty obvious. We all need sleep! And not just a little bit of it.
But as we get busier in life, especially when working on new projects or trying to better ourselves, it becomes so easy to sacrifice a few hours of sleep for a few more hours of work.
And why not? Especially if we’re trying to live a more positive life. Those few extra hours that we work on that project may make us more successful. And if we are more successful, aren’t we going to be happier and more positive?
I learned a long time ago that you cannot discount the power of sleep. Many years ago when working on a project I had a huge passion for I was putting in over 40 hours a week. This was on top of the 40+ hours a week I was putting in on my day job. It was also on top of the time involved in being a parent and in participating in numerous other activities. My drive to be successful in all these led me to reduce my sleep time to a mere 2 to 3 hours a night! Let’s just say it didn’t really work out.
These days, despite having huge dreams and numerous projects I’m working on, I still try to make sure I leave enough time for sleep. Why is it so important? Lack of sleep definitely can have a negative effect on our mood. And at a time when we are trying to focus on being more positive, lack of sleep makes that infinitely harder. Our tempers are so much shorter. That inability to keep our temper hampers our ability to be positive. It is so easy to flip out and make everything negative when you’re tired.
As I write this, it is actually getting pretty late. I had a successful day. I accomplished everything on my list. But I am very very tired. My creative mind is telling me to push on, to add more tasks to the list. After all, I have got a lot to accomplish and only a little time to do it in.
But I also remember that I don’t like the being negative. I don’t like having a quick temper. And truth be told, you’re much more creative when your mind is rested and refreshed.
So resist the temptation. Make sure you go to bed on time. Make sure that you make sleep a priority. Just don’t make it too much of a priority! Because, you do have to get something done every once in a while.