It’s great to wake up in the morning refreshed, energized, and ready to go, don’t you think? If you have kids, or remember back to when you were a kid, it seems like children can get up and charge into the day. For adults, who have to either go to work or take care of a family at home, it can be an elusive goal.
Many of us can use more sleep, and feel great when we get it. The thing is, we have so much to do that we often end up shortchanging sleep. As a consequence, we might drag in the morning instead of being energized and ready to have fun conquering the day.
Given a choice, isn’t having fun conquering the day better than dragging through the day? I think so.
Getting more sleep can help us with many aspects in our life. You might recall my thoughts on the role of money in our life, where I gave my views on how health, wealth, and relationships are all interrelated. When one is improved, the others can benefit as well. Thus, while getting a great night sleep of course helps our health, it can also help us as we relate with others and can impact our wealth.
Now, I suppose it would have been inappropriate to advocate “sleeping your way to wealth”:) So, let’s rephrase that appropriately and operate with the premise that one can “spend more time asleep to help make money”.
OK, I know someone might suggest that while one person is getting a great night sleep, someone else is getting an hour less sleep and getting more done. Sure, some lucky people need less sleep, but if you’re cutting out the sleep you need, there will be a price to pay. It’s not easy to get something for nothing!
Here are 5 benefits to getting a good night sleep:
- Better Diet. So, how does sleep impact diet? Well, I can speak first hand about times in my career when I was tired after work, and either picked up dinner or ate at home but snacked on junk. Lack of sleep can affect our appetite, and can impact our metabolism. Again, back to the health/wealth connection, by avoiding this negative cycle, we can keep ourselves in better shape to make money.
- Better Attention and Retention. If you’re tired, it will be tougher to stay on the ball and be fully engaged. Additionally, getting proper sleep will allow you to retain information better than if you’re sleep deprived.
- Better Mood. If you’re cranky, impatient, or thinking of sleep, you won’t be as productive as you could otherwise be. Besides, who wants to work or live with a grouch? Get your sleep, and you’ll be more motivated and able to focus on activities leading to wealth creation and preservation.
- Safety. I recall one night when I had to work super late for a crunch at work, and was in the office until close to midnight. I was exhausted, and still had to make the commute home. Driving home, I felt myself lose concentration as my car was swerving to the next lane. If I had gotten in an accident, who knows what would have happened to my health? What about my ability to provide for my family?
- Health. This could be tied into #1 (Better Diet), but improved sleep can also help with other areas of health, such as less stress and less wear and tear on your body. You’re more likely to get sick if sleep deprived, which impacts your overall life….including ability to make money and good decisions.
My view is that if someone regularly shortchanges sleep in order to get more done, that person will get less done over the long run. Productivity will be down, and other factors can come into play in different ways that can impact health.
Getting a good night sleep as a regular practice can only help health, and ultimately wealth creation.
What do you think? Do you get enough sleep to feel energized and productive throughout the day, on a regular basis? Is this an area in which you need improvement, or do you already prioritize it?