Why Is Sleep So Important?

Sleep is defined as a natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. 

The big takeaway from this definition is that sleep is natural.  Being awake is generally catabolic (breaks you down) whereas sleep is anabolic (builds you up).  

Benefits of Sleep

  • Fortifies your immune system

  • Balances your hormones

  • Boosts your metabolism

  • Increases your physical energy

  • Improves the function of your brain

Sleep isn’t respected in our society.  We’ve adopted this “hustling” lifestyle where we think we have to work 18 hours a day to be successful in life.  After all, we can catch up on sleep when we are dead, right?

Hard work is Important but so is being smart

Working hard is unarguably a big part of being successful but so is being smart.  Research shows that after just 24 hours of sleep deprivation, there is an overall reduction of 6 percent in glucose reaching the brain.  Simple translation:  You get dumber.

When you sacrifice sleep, you are sacrificing a whole day of productivity.  When sleep deprived, it takes you longer to complete tasks and you make more mistakes.  So while you are up late at night slaving over projects to get ahead of the game, you are actually spending more time on these tasks than you would if you focused on getting high quality sleep.

Decide on a bedtime (preferably around 10pm) and schedule it.  You are more than likely to complete a task if you schedule it in your calendar.