For years, I was a raving insomniac!
On average, I got 4 hours of sleep a night. The nature of my work (as a heart surgeon for kids) coupled with some lifestyle choices led to this situation.
And for a long time, I didn’t see any (obvious) ill-effects from this.
But now that I’ve made a habit of protecting my sleep time, it’s just as obvious how many subtle changes a lack of adequate sleep caused in my personality and mental state.
Striving to find personal satisfaction can impact your sleep. You might already know the importance of getting as much sleep as your body needs.
But what you might not know is that when you skip out on getting enough sleep, you are sabotaging yourself. Losing sleep leads to feelings of unhappiness, anxiety and irritability.
Plus, when you don’t enough sleep, it leads to a loss of productivity.
You will begin to slow down physically and cognitively because your body can’t function at top gear when it doesn’t have the right amount of sleep.
You’ll find articles and advice that will tell you that you must get at least eight hours of sleep every night in order for it to be enough for your body. But the truth is that eight hours can be too much for some people …and not enough for others!
One way to tell if you’re getting the right amount of sleep for your body can be determined by how you feel in the mornings. If you wake up and you feel refreshed, that’s a sign that you’re getting enough sleep.
Feeling sluggish means that you’re not getting the right amount. Getting enough sleep replaces the energy stores that you drained during the day. If you fail to refill that, then you’re running on a deficit the next day.
If you’re not sleeping enough, start by examining your sleep habits.
- Are you getting to bed early enough?
- Are you sleeping in a cool room with no distractions?
- Is your bedding comfortable?
- Are there insects or noises that disturb your sleep?
If none of these factors interfere with your sleep, then perhaps you just need to make it a new habit. In fact, a survey of thousands of people revealed that “Getting to bed before midnight” was the 4th most popular goal/new habit they wanted to develop.
My new book, “Knife At a Gunfight” is all about how to build new habits which last a lifetime. In it, there’s a section about getting to bed early, so you’ll get a good night’s sleep. You’ll find the book here: click
Make sure you get to the root of the issue, because sleep is one health habit that will interfere in every part of your life, making you miserable – and possibly making you take out your frustrations on others.