I know, I know, you don’t have time to sleep. You’re very busy and important. Or you think you are the exception to the rule—that you are a part of the 2.5% of people that really does feel rested with less than the 8+ hours of sleep that doctors and sleep experts prescribe. Maybe you wish you could get more sleep, but you just can’t find a way to put sleep above your other priorities.
Ask yourself: What are your other priorities? Your health? Your happiness? Productivity and success at work? Raising happy and healthy children? Here’s the truth: You will not fulfill your potential in any of these realms unless you get the sleep your body, brain, and spirit need. A mountain of research supports this dramatic claim.
Take Action: Make a plan to get more sleep. If it feels totally impossible to you to just get to bed earlier, try increasing your sleep by 4 or 5 minutes a night until you’ve adjusted your schedule enough that you are getting eight hours of shut-eye. For example, it might feel totally impossible to get to bed before midnight. But surely you can hit the hay by 11:56. Do this every day for 2 weeks, and you’ll gain an hour (and all the increased productivity, creativity, and happiness that comes with it). Stick to it until you’re going to bed early enough to get 8 hours.
Join the Discussion: Have you made an attempt to get more sleep? Have you noticed the positive effects on your life? Inspire others by sharing your success in the comments.
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