We have hustled so hard that we have to do extensive million-dollar research studies to prove to ourselves as busy business people the degree of how important sleep is—so much so that bestselling books are being written about these simple age-old concepts.
A recent study from the NIH is nearly finished in proving that sleep protects people from developing heart disease.
Also, it’s already proven that people who sleep for shorter periods of time tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep.
AND, we know short sleep can negatively impact some aspects of brain function to a similar degree as alcohol intoxication!
Why is it then that we continue to brand ourselves with pulling an all-nighter or with how busy we are or with pride over our love for how coffee keeps us going?
Because the root cause is deeper.
With most things in life, people already know what’s good for them; however, it’s a combination of their core beliefs and their habits that keep them from making it a priority.
It’s the distraction and allure of a short-term win over the long-term effects of making the right decision. I can see your minds all conjuring up different examples of this in your own life. What comes to mind?
Sleep is one of our biggest habits… But if you believe that getting that next A in class is more important than your health, or that your kid has to take every extracurricular activity he wants, or if you need that coffee in the morning to get your brain going and don’t want to give up the taste, you’ll make decisions in the short term to get what you want.
We don’t need more intellectual understanding. We need better experiential understanding.
What’s keeping you from getting the sleep you need?
Instead of complaining that you’re not getting sleep, and start supporting yourself with better decisions about what’s important in your life. Start giving attention to one of the biggest assets you have. It’s one of the biggest investments you can make that won’t break your bank account.
Feedback is very important to me, and I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts and insight. How has the hustle impacted your self-care habits? Have you developed any strategies to keep yourself in check?
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