WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 04, 2015
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Sleep Your Way to the Top of the Success Ladder [Video]

Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, has a rather simple solution to share with you for an increased level of success - get more sleep! In the video above, she argues that getting more sleep is key to experiencing better work performance and outcomes.

Many of us have trouble getting a good night’s sleep due to our over-stimulating lifestyles. This is influenced by enduring irregular work shifts, eating junk food late at night, as well as using technological devices shortly before bedtime. Those things work against us by draining more and more of our energy away, leaving us less focused, creative, productive, and barely awake. 

How Arianna Learned the Hard Way

Arianna makes it clear that the big problems in our lives may simply require plain solutions. In this case, sleeping more could mean better results in both your work and day to day life.

She testifies her realization of how precious sleep is by sharing an adverse experience of her life. According to her, she learned the hard way after fainting from exhaustion and slamming her head down on her desk. The face-to-desk action was so damaging that she broke her cheekbone and required five stitches on her right eye. Ouch!

The painful event served as her “ah-ha” moment because it encouraged her to begin “the journey of rediscovering the value of sleep”.

Sleeping Your Way to Success

Fun fact: did you know that humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep? Oh, humans! Now for a sad fact: did you know that sleep deprivation will kill you faster than food deprivation? It’s true! According to an credible infographic shared by Lifehack, it takes 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you. Ouch!

Do you feel like you could use a few more hours of sleep now?

The benefits of adequate sleep truly outweigh the act of sending out a bunch of Facebook posts or binging on a bag of sugar-packed cookies just before bed. Think about it as a meaningful way to engage in personal growth rather than a boring chore, despite how exciting it can be to stay up late and live like a night owl.

So as we are facing all the multiple crises in our world at the moment, what is good for us on a personal level, what’s going to bring more joy, gratitude, effectiveness in our lives and be the best for our own careers is also what is best for the world. So I urge you to shut your eyes and discover the great ideas that lie inside us, to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep.

Sleep tight!

See Also: A Lack of Sleep Can Ruin Your Career

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