When did sleep become a sign of weakness – or lack of sleep become a badge of honor? The next time someone brags about how long they’ve been functioning on only 4 hours of sleep per night I won’t be impressed.
I admit that in the past I have made derogatory comments about the need for sleep. That was before I learned that sleep deprivation has been connected to high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and mortality. Yeesh. If you’re in doubt at all, check this out.
Even Martha Stewart, a well known insomniac, has some sleep advice for us in this short video.
And from the literary world:
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~John Steinbeck
So for all those who marvel at my ability to dial in to 5:00 a.m. meetings – think of me at 8:00 p.m. I’m probably already in bed. You can’t be a high octane performer without the proper fuel. I hope you enjoy the TED video below.