Sleep your way to the top… Literally
Americans are becoming increasingly sleep-deprived and being on the road only makes it harder to get a good nights rest. Uncomfortable bed or pillow, late nights out entertaining clients, preparing for tomorrows big presentation or a wicked TV addiction; you name it, it will throw you off kilter! Cheating your body out of the R&R needed can make you more prone to illness, stress, and even weight gain (some doctors swear that sleeping will actually do more than exorcise to take off weight. Love that!!!). But there’s more to it than simple physical problems. Rob yourself of sleep, and you’ll find you never function at your personal best. Work decisions, relationship challenges, any life situation that require a thought process — they all require the judgment and problem-solving that only a rested brain can provide and are all handled best by an optimally rested noggin.
Getting a good night’s sleep, of course, is easier said than done. You will have to tune out all the temptations, from the late night talk shows to the ding of incoming e-mail hitting your inbox on your BlackBerry® — and most of all, ignoring the little voice in your head telling you that you’re lazy for not living up to the example set by the notorious self-professed never-sleepers. In fact, the truth is the opposite: You’ll be much more likely to be a professional powerhouse if you’re fully rested and alert. Even Bill Clinton, who used to famously get only five hours of sleep, later admitted, “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.” (oh, now that is scary!). Workaholism leads to lack of sleep, which in turn leads to never being able to do your best. Many business people do this on purpose, fueled by the mistaken idea that getting enough sleep means you must be lazy or less than passionate about your work and your life.
You may be surprised to find out that if you sleep more, you will become more powerful in every aspect of your life. So tonight, try allocating at least 7-hours of solid, uninterrupted shut-eye for yourself. This could be the best thing for your career and less risqué than seducing one (or more) of your superiors.
By Kelly Mayerick