So recently in my videos and articles, I have been discussing the importance of waking up early, how to do it and why you should do it. Sleep obviously is a very closely related concept.
In today’s post, I’m going to discuss the power of sleep. Why you need sleep and is there any benefit in going without it?
Right now I’m tired as shit. I stayed up all night just working on some marketing deadlines. I was also reading and listening to some podcasts, so I’m running on about 4 hours of sleep. 4 hours is something, but most definitely not enough to be making the most out of your day.
My workout is probably going to suffer and so is the quality of my writing, but let’s just hope this is readable. I like the idea of me being tired while I write an article on the importance of not being tired. So here we go.
So here we go.
In the past, I have intentionally run on low sleep. Maybe you can relate if you are a student, entrepreneur or athlete.
As you know, sleep is very important.
One of my favorite things to do in life, believe it or not, is to get a nice relaxing 8 hours of sleep in a silent, pitch black dark room. Just thinking of this right now makes me want to sleep. I try to sleep 8 hours a night as often as possible.
During university, my average was about 11-12, but as your priorities in life increase so does your ambition. Because of this you hopefully you wake up with some sort of purpose. Sleep can almost feel like a deterrent if this purpose is strong enough, sort of like an enemy between your mission.
I work in the fitness industry. As a trainer I see guys wake up super early before the sun comes up and for some reason, they think this makes them better than the rest, they go and train super early in the morning. The thing is there’s no consistency.
Don’t get me wrong there is importance in being an early bird.
The reason I am criticizing these people is because they also sleep late and are obviously suffering somewhat and not enjoying the process of getting up early, which can honestly be very pleasurable.
Just because you are lacking sleep doesn’t make you more successful with your body, finances, productivity. The level of success is more to do about efficiency and how you make use of your time rather than where your time is being spent.
1 hour of being well-rested working is probably 10x better than being sleep deprived and trying to work for 3 hours at this cognitive state.
There’s are a time and place for pain to get ahead.
This applies to everything. If you have a product launch and you have 1 month to meet the deadline, yeah you’re going to have to sleep 4 hours a night to get that shit done and it will be worth it.
On the flip side, if you’re sleeping 4 hours a night and waking up too early, so that you have some sense of superiority in your ability to suffer when there is no warrant in doing so, this is in vain. The real winner is the person taking their time to replenish their body and mind when they have the chance to, especially in terms of training.
You probably get the gist of what I’m getting at.
I want you to understand that it’s ok to chill sometimes if you’re an ambitious person. Don’t take every action to the extreme.
Remember The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson; If not, I highly recommend this book.
Here’s a list of my book recommendations.
Doing easy things that are easy not to do is the key.
A simple philosophy to go by that Olson put nicely. There’s no point in intentionally being sleep deprived when you don’t have to be. Whether you are an athlete, writer, entrepreneur, especially if you are an athlete, understand this concept. Not only for your successes but just for your health and physical well-being.
Understand this not only for your successes but for your health and physical well-being.
I want to briefly cover what lucid dreaming is and since we are talking about the power of sleep, I’m going to touch on the topic of how you can harness the power of sleep using lucid dreaming as an advantageous tool for your waking life.
Now as you may already know, for any goal, especially fitness orientated ones–visualization is key.
If you visualize yourself losing 10 kg, chances are that you will accomplish this goal. By visualizing the goal you are reaffirming this potential to succeed. Positive reinforcement is very real.
Since dreaming is so heavily ingrained in our subconscious I have been thinking lately and trying this out for myself. In the past few months, I have been trying to focus improving my speaking skills for YouTube videos.
I have attempted to use lucid dreaming as a tool to improve my speaking.
In my dream, I pretended I was speaking in front of a crowd of thousands in my underwear. This sounds silly, but it genuinely improved my confidence.
We spend roughly 1/3 of our entire lives asleep. It makes sense that even though we are not awake during this time, dreaming may very well be more important to our overall development than we once believed.
The mind is what makes us human, it’s what makes us ‘special’ somewhat. We are self-aware. This state of mind is actualized when we sleep. These are the hours we explore our subconscious and to be able to have some sort of control over what we do can change our ‘awake’ world more. I’ll leave you with a cool quote to get you thinking.
But what if we could harness the two or three hours a night when we actively dream? What could we achieve if we could take back 10 years of productivity time by learning to lucid dream, so when our bodies are resting our minds are still actively exploring, learning, and growing?
Sleep is incredibly important!
Make that shit a priority in your life if you are lacking in it. But if you are young, if you are healthy and ambitious; whether it be training, business, writing, you can go without it, but on,y if yuo have to, to do so with no reason and even worse habitually will bring you nothing more than a loss of cognitive and physical function.
Read books about sleep, primal living, even lucid dreaming and do your best to get it, but don’t fear it.