It is amazing how some people are adept at effortlessly multitasking all aspects of their professional and personal lives, without unraveling, while some struggle with it. They are winning at everything, be it their career, friends, partners, and more, while you are unable to achieve the most basic level, no matter how hard you try. How are they doing it? Does it come down to success and sleep? Let’s find out.
Success and Sleep – A Good Partnership?
Quality sleep is one of the reasons successful people are successful. They are more focused and consequently, happier. According to Inc. these successful people sleep between 7 to 9 hours sleep each night:
- Jeff Bezos (the founder of Amazon)
- Bill Gates and
- Warren Buffet.
Contrast this to President Donald Trump who gets around 3 to 4 hours sleep each night.
Nikola Tesla has survived on 2 hours sleep a night but apparently, his chronic lack of sleep contributed to his nervous breakdown in his 20s.
Sleep deprivation makes us tired and irritable. This certainly happens with me and my husband doesn’t appreciate it! We move from one project to another without any clear understanding, making mistakes and leaving them incomplete. Therefore, recharging our body and brain becomes essential.
Chris Winter, author of the new book The Sleep Solution, says President Trump is being impacted by sleep deprivation. Image Source.
There’s no doubt success and sleep go together. They make a great partnership. The question now is how many hours sleep is going to work for you, your body and your brain? You are not Bill Gates. You are not Donald Trump. You are you.
Dangers Of Getting Less Sleep Than You Need
Less sleep causes our body to start acting up. It can lead to:
- Moodiness and crankiness—If this keeps happening it could lead to more severe problems like anxiety and hallucinations.
- Emotional instability—This creates friction in all the relationships, personal as well as official.
- Losing memory and suffering from cognitive delays.
- Becoming a substance abuser, because that provides the oblivion we crave.
- Being asleep at the wrong time which could lead to dangerous situations.
If you are a Type A personality which, let’s face it is common for people who want to be successful, you need to be aware of the 4 Lessons From Science For The Type A Personality. The less sleep you have, the less sharp you feel and think.
What’s The Solution?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, on an average, everyone between the ages of 16 to 64 requires 7 to 9 hours of proper sleep (refer to How Much Sleep Is Enough?).
For the person who is determined to succeed at any cost – an entrepreneur, CEO, a working mum juggling career and home – they are not going to adhere to the 7 to 9 hours of sleep rule.
The secret is finding what quantity of sleep works for you (that does not lead to chronic sleep deprivation) and optimizes your body and brain every single day and then STICK to it!
Sleep Habits Of Exceptionally Successful People
Successful people are divided on the relationship between success and sleep. Some favor and follow the more hours sleep leads to more success. Other successful people claim that they get by with less sleep than the normal 7 to 9 hours and are still successful.
Also, sleep patterns differ from industry to industry. For example, people in PR and marketing need to sleep more than the people active in politics.
According to a YouGov.com survey, people doing well in:
- Politics get by on 2-6 hours of sleep (like President Trump).
- Accounting and finance require 3-6.5 hours of shut eye.
- Fields of technology need 6-8 hours.
- Engineering sector average at 2-6 hours of rest.
- Media need a minimum of 5-8 hours of sleep.
- Marketing jobs survive on 6-8 hours of sleep.
Alternative Sleeping Patterns for the 7 to 9 Hours Of Sleep Each Night
How do successful people reach the pinnacles of success without getting the proper 7 to 9 hours sleep each night?
Well, there are possible substitutes for the traditional monophasic sleep cycle.
- Adopted by Leonardo da Vinci, the Uberman cycle suggests taking a power nap of 20 minutes to half an hour, every 4 hours.
- Buckminster Fuller developed the Dymaxion cycle. He proposed a half an hour rest every 6 hours.
- Winston Churchill favored a siesta or the biphasic sleep cycle. In it, he could get by on 4-hours of sleep at night by taking a 90-minute snooze around mid-day.
- Everyman sleep, suggested by Puredoxyk, recommends taking a long nap and three power naps of 20 minute each.
Ideal Sleep Routine
However many hours of sleep you decide will work for you, there are sleep routines you can develop to optimize getting to sleep and the quality of sleep you receive. To achieve
Regardless of the number of sleep hours, to achieve success in life you need to cultivate certain healthy sleeping habits.
The last meal of the day should be at least 3 hours before bedtime. Eating just before sleeping causes the digestive system to work more during the night. if you are a little peckish, check out these 17 Foods That Help You Sleep Through The Night.
Avoiding caffeinated products and alcohol before you sleep is judicious. Caffeine acts as a stimulant that keeps the person active and alert. Alcohol may calm down the nerves make you sleepy, but it makes a person wake up multiple times through the night. Also, a hangover the next morning is not conducive to a good start of the day.
The bed is for sleeping only. If the brain starts associating it with non-sleeping activities, then it will become difficult to sleep. Reading, watching TV, and working are activities that should not be done on the bed.
Dark curtains or eye masks help in creating a dark environment that would enable sleep. Bright lights, even overhead lights, especially during the night, suppress the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin.
In terms of routine and good sleep habits, here are Nine Things Not To Do Before Bedtime.
Oversleeping is a problem too. Anything beyond 9 hours is considered unhealthy and might need a doctor’s consultation. It could be indicative of problems with the heart, depression, and diabetes.
More Tips For Better Sleep Quality
Success and sleep – what would help? There are some things you can do, to remove stress, and achieve peaceful and uninterrupted sleep.
So by now you have decided you sleep pattern and number of hours.There are some things you can do, to remove stress, and achieve peaceful and uninterrupted sleep.
You have created a sleep routine that you do before you go to sleep.There are some things you can do, to remove stress, and achieve peaceful and uninterrupted sleep.
Here are some more tips for better sleep quality. These aim to remove stress, and achieve peaceful and uninterrupted sleep.
- You could start with meditation. It helps release the stress on our minds regarding personal and professional matters. It removes the negative thoughts clouding our minds and hampering our growth.
- Does Music Help You Sleep?
- Organizing thoughts and tasks helps us stay on top of things and not worry about missed opportunities.
- Exercising can help in achieving a healthy body that precludes a healthy mind! An evening session helps in releasing excessive energy that could hamper sleep.
- Drinking adequate amounts of water is important for a healthy body and a restful sleep.
- Green decaffeinated tea’s aroma and ingredients are conducive to a good sleep. Therefore, having a cup before bedtime is not a bad idea.
- Getting up early provides you with enough time to be organized. It prevents you from rushing through the day while being unstructured. It allows you to begin your day with peace and equanimity.
- Follow a set sleeping schedule. Sleep and get up every day at the same time.
- A cooler room temperature brings about a decent night sleep. Researchers suggest 65° F to be the ideal temperature.
- Worrying unnecessarily won’t help. Sleep properly to get a healthy functioning brain and then look for a solution.
- Laughter is the best medicine. Laugh and giggle the stress away. Relieve the tensions with some humor. It will help you and the people around you as well.
- The secret process: Tape your dreams in your line of sight. Recite them daily to stay focused on achieving them and leave unnecessary distractions behind.
To achieve success in any field, being focused on the goal, and ready to work hard to achieve them is the key ingredient. That can be done only when the person is ready in body and mind. That can be attained when he/she is not feeling constantly tired, distressed, depressed, unorganized, and feeling sick. All this is attainable by simply sleeping. There is a strong relationship between success and sleep.
Getting quality sleep is the crucial factor in achieving all your dreams. You need to work out how many hours of sleep will work for you to keep your body and your brain in top condition.
The next factor to focus on is all the routines you build in your life to optimize the quality of the sleep you get each night.
Only when you have mastered both the quality and quantity of sleep can the relationship between success and sleep be truly working for you and not against your success.
Good luck with it!