[S]leep, and enough of it, is the prime necessity. Enough exercise, and good food and enough, are other necessities. But sleep—good sleep, and enough of it—this is a necessity without which you cannot have the exercise of use, nor the food. ~Edward Everett Hale, “How to Get the Best of It,” c.1892
Do you get seven to eight hours of sleep per night? Do you have a regular time in which you get to bed?
If you said “No” to either question you may be limiting your effectiveness. Sleep helps improve your cognitive abilities and that surely is something that has daily value. Sleep improves your ability to react and improves decision-making.
Many people find that cutting short sleep is the best way to cram everything they want to do into their day. Cutting short sleep isn’t the right way to get more into the day.
If you are one of the many people who thrive on getting less sleep you are really fooling yourself. The body creates a negative feedback cycle when you reduce your sleep and over time that lack of sleep will begin to create a series of negative impacts that may be difficult to overcome. Making sleep a habit where you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night will help you live better and more healthy life. Getting enough sleep will likely reduce Dr. visits and reduce the chances of getting a lifestyle disease (diabetes is one of them).
Make the change to get more sleep. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Read a book (a non-electric one) and let your body relax. Dim the lights and encourage the body to move into a state of calm. Get the sleep you need to create the best opportunity to function at your highest levels each day.
“Life is in short cycles or periods; we are quickly tired, but we have rapid rallies. A man is spent by his work, starved, prostrate; he will not lift his hand to save his life; he can never think more. He sinks into deep sleep and wakes with renewed youth, with hope, courage, fertile in resources, and keen for daring adventure.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, “Inspiration”