How I discovered I wasn’t getting enough Sleep
I’m married, have 3 kids and work up to 70 hours a week as a tradie.
If you want to be rich and sucessful, don’t expect to sleep.
This was the lie I had picked up from some blog or article online, and to be honest, it really stuck in my head. This ‘hustle’ mentality has overtaken the minds of a lot of people these days, young and old, and I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing.
I’ve always been an early riser, but my wife is more of a night owl. Unfortunately, those two different lifestyles don’t mix well, and given that I often start around 6am, most nights I’d be lucky to get 6 hours of sleep.
I’m quite interested in psychology, so here’s the interesting part:
I examined the difference in my moods/mood swings on days where I had 8 hours of sleep and days where I had 6, obviously it’s not rocket science, but I was irritable, negative and bordering on depressed on the days I didn’t get enough sleep.
Now that’s all normal, but have you ever actually objectively examined the way you operate when you’re under extra stress or haven’t slept? It’s incredibly confronting to sit down at the end of the day and think of all the people you cursed, scrambled conversations and even just consider the ‘negative’ vibe you gave off. I constantly found myself snapping over the small things I wouldn’t usually worry about.
I’d recommend this thought journal for people interested in trying this. It’s confronting, but utilise the data to discover how much sleep you actually need and you’ll experience enough time to get things done whilst remaining a civilised human being.
I have 3 kids, work full time and have a side business (up to 70 hours working some weeks), so I know what it’s like to be busy, but the most important thing to me is to come across as polite and personable, so I’ve prioritised sleep for the sake of my family and my work, and every day I get the right amount of sleep, I feel sucessful and satisfied.