Sleep is one of the most powerful tools you can master. But how can you master something you don’t even know is happening in real-time? On this page, we’ll explain why sleep is so valuable - but not before we touch on common misconceptions, how to rewire your brain to respect deep sleep, and sleep’s impact on your health.
We, as humans, share many core needs biologically. Sleep is one of those needs, no matter who you are or what you do. You may tell yourself “I function well on just a few hours of sleep” or “It doesn’t affect me”; some people even flaunt their lack of sleep to demonstrate how ‘hard working’ they are. However, none of these are true. Sleep is productive, and something you shouldn’t miss. While you sleep, your brain cleanses itself from sticky toxic proteins, increasing your expected life span. Another common misconception is equating time in bed to time asleep. Let’s say you go to bed at 11pm and wake up at 7am (“I’ll get about 8 hours of sleep, perfect”). But it takes time for us to fall asleep. We often wake up or fall out of sleep through the night without even realizing it. If you don’t believe me, try using a sleep tracking app for a week and you’ll notice this (unless you are already a master sleeper). Generally, the rule is, If you want to sleep x amount of hours, you’ll need an extra 1-2 hours in bed on top of that to adjust for unexpected disturbances.
In this section we have four lists you can review that will give you a general sense of how important sleep is for everything we do in life.
Once you establish a good sleep routine you will notice how much better you feel in all aspects daily, especially if you haven’t been practising good sleep ‘hygiene’. We’ll talk about that in the next few sections.
If you want to achieve better sleep tonight here are some great strategies:
Sleep is the foundation for everything you do in life. We live in a strange time where people overlook their health because they think it gives them an advantage in their career or personal success, but this is simply untrue. Sleep is an asset and we need to learn how to utilize it to the fullest. I hope that this article was of use to you, and that you start getting better sleep tonight.
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