“We didn’t sleep when we are tired. We sleep when we are done.”
– Someone’s tweet
A few weeks ago, I saw this on twitter. Someone had probably felt good about something they had done and wanted to give themselves a pat on the back. Going without sleep, the person seemed to suggest was the way to get your goals achieved. I don’t know about you but I have a feeling that person had attended one too many “Aspire to acquire” motivational speakers.
The human body is not designed to work without rest. It is estimated that an adult human needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep every 24 hours. When you start feeling sleepy while trying to pulll an all-nighter, your body is sending you a very important message: Good job. You have worked really hard. Now you need to recharge.
If you need a mug of coffee every morning before you can get started working, it may be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep. Coffee might be enough to get you through a few days but if you keep it up long enough, you will have other problems.
One of the first attributes to suffer when you don’t get enough sleep is your focus. According to a study, many accidents including the infamous meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in 1986 could be attributed to a lack of sleep. Without enough sleep, you struggle to focus. Your concentration suffers and you make more mistakes leading to more time being wasted as you struggle to rework.
To be a productivity star, you need to learn when to rest. Getting a good night’s sleep is often the first step to providing you with renewed energy to tackle the problems you are trying to solve with a fresh insight. It’s late. You have had a good day. Put your devices away, turn off the lights and go to sleep. If you don’t sleep when you are tired, you will soon be done for. Feel free to quote that and make me even more famous.