There is absolutely no better productivity hack than getting enough sleep.
In June 2010, Adam Mansbach delivered a straightforward post meant more as catharsis than promotion: "Consider my forthcoming children’s book, Go the — to Sleep ."
It had been 2 a.m., and by another morning, Mansbach knew he’d struck a chord. Within a year the cult-classic, Go the F**k to Sleep , was created and has since sold a lot more than two million copies worldwide (and also an incredible audio rendition from Samuel L. Jackson).
Just what exactly does a NSFW children’s book want to do with as an entrepreneur and leader? Everything.
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The symptoms surround us — stress, addiction, burnout, disease — and what we are in need of is, to be honest, a profanity-laced wake-you-up call about the one period we neglect most.
Why, exactly, does bedtime matter so much for entrepreneurs?
Arianna Huffington’s recent book, The Sleep Revolution , explains: "We sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, but, ironically, our lack of sleep, regardless of the extra hours we devote at work, results in a lot more than eleven days of lost productivity each year per worker, or around $2,280." In the U.S. alone, that is clearly a total annual cost of $63 billion.
On the physiological front, sleep does a lot more than just recharge the body. It removes toxins, rejuvenates memory, spurs creativity, improves both academic and athletic performance, lowers stress, alleviates depression and even extends your daily life.
Furthermore, study after study (after study) has confirmed that sleep dramatically improves emotional intelligence and also makes you an improved leader. Of course, you already know the majority of that. Unfortunately, our common solution to the problem only deepens the problem.
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Most of us treat sleep such as a diet. We restrict ourselves through the weekdays and indulge during our "off" times. What seems such as a wise move is, the truth is, "a counterproductive way to catch through to your sleep" primarily because of an idea called "sleep debt".
Sleep debt may be the difference between your amount of sleep you will need and the quantity of sleep you get. For instance, in the event that you sleep for four hours, three nights in a row, your sleep debt reaches least nine hours. (The National Sleep Foundation recommends between seven to eight hours of sleep for adults.)
In case you can catch through to these nine hours over the weekend — which adding one hour here and one hour there won’t actually accomplish — you’re still sending mixed messages to the body, which thrives on routine and consistency. The bigger your sleep debt, the more you are inclined to suffer from insufficient focus, hastened aging, poor metabolism, compromised immune systems, unbalanced moods and impaired problem solving skills. Just what exactly is it possible to do?
Naturally, it’s hard to generate a change when you are not aware of what you are really doing wrong. Self-realization may be the keystone of success. But knowledge alone isn’t strong enough to combat what the guts for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially categorizes a "public medical condition."
The only method to right our sleeping wrongs is to start out taking sleep seriously as a matter of business. As odd as it can sound, this implies incentivizing sleep and getting accountable about any of it at a location where people discuss it least — work.
First, you can begin by spreading the good thing of sleep inside your organization. That could be as simple as sharing this article, the links above, or this brief video from a co-employee professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School on seven ways “to obtain a good night’s sleep.” Steps like ensuring reasonable work schedules, flexibility and fewer outside-of-work emails all "promote restfulness among employees."
Third, make "checking in your sleep" a normal part of team meetings. Encourage your visitors to keep a log through apps like Sleep Genius and share not merely how rested they feel — both quantiative and qualitative — but also how they are able to support one another.
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Fourth, to essentially take sleep seriously, actively reward achievers. Consider medical health insurance provider Aetna’s recent unveiling of a voluntary program that provides employees up to $300 a year if indeed they reach least seven hours of sleep per night. As the program has garnered it’s share of both negative and positive attention, as Slate commented, "Aetna seems like mostly of the companies that’s legitimately thinking about employees’ well-being."
At least, getting open about your trials and triumphs paves just how for a radiant, rested and resourceful you, not forgetting a radiant, rested and resourceful workforce.
Adam Mansbach was right but his imperative must be more than just the casual cry of desperate parents. It must be you as well as your organization’s number 1 goal. Why? As the productivity hack you will need most has nothing in connection with what you do at the job and everything regarding what you did the night time before. <