The Value of a Good Night’s Sleep

by TTMK on November 15, 2012 · 8 comments

This week, I tried something a bit different.  Don’t worry, this isn’t anything crazy. It’s simply the novel idea of having multiple nights in a row of getting a great night of sleep!

What I found is simply more evidence to fuel my existing belief that getting more sleep is actually a good way to get more done.  That might sound crazy, as being asleep means that you aren’t getting things done.  Which is certainly true, but I feel that it helps you be more productive when awake – to the point of making the extra sleep worth it.

How does this relate to money? Well, I have read about many people who take pride in burning the midnight oil, so to speak, trying to get as much done as possible.  These could be people who stay up late working on projects they brought home from the office, or it could be people moonlighting with a side business.  Hello, fellow bloggers! 🙂

The thing is, when you shortchange yourself of necessary sleep on a regular basis, you get tired during the day.  For me, being tired leads me to be less productive.  Additionally, if I’m sleep deprived to a degree, I’ll be more likely to compromise food choices or skip workouts.  This can’t help your health too much, right?  Things are all connected, the healthier you are, the more likely you will be to obtain wealth.

I had several nights in a row of great sleep.  As in, sleeping enough without feeling like I need more when I wake up.  I have to say, catching up on sleep – if you’re not regularly getting great sleep – is a way to feel supercharged.  This helped me get so much done, and be able to balance work with relaxation in a way that just seemed to be really effective.  Try it sometime, let me know what you think!

There is no need to feel guilty about not working late into the night on projects, not making those sacrifices to “get ahead”, or whatever other reasons we have for giving up sleep.   In the end, a good night’s sleep just may be more profitable overall!

My Questions for You:

Do you regularly get a good night’s sleep?

If not, is it because you are trying to get things done?

Do you agree with the notion that it is not lazy to value a full night of sleep every night, and it’s actually smarter than burning the midnight oil?

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle November 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

I don’t regularly get a good nights sleep, but this is something that I am working on!

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TTMK November 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

Michelle – it’s so refeshing and energizing to get good sleep. I don’t always get this either, but have been trying to and it’s a big positive move.

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter November 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

Getting better sleep is something we are working on right now. We have been putting ourselves to bed earlier for a few weeks now and it seems to be making a difference. I just hope we don’t fall back into our old habits.

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TTMK November 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Miss T – it does make a difference, right? I’m with you in hoping not to fall back into prior habits. Being cognizant of when to keep blogging and when to stop is a big help to me:)

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Kathleen November 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

YES absolutely sleeping more increases productivity. A task that would take alive/awake/alert/enthusiastic Kathleen ten minutes takes sleepy Kathleen an hour.

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TTMK November 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Kathleen – I know what you mean, sleep can make a massive difference in productivity!

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eemusings November 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

I actually do sleep really well – thankfully my childhood insomniac days are over!

Like my mother, I really need 8 hours a night and protect that at all costs. I absolutely value it over burning the midnight oil to get things done – I struggle even to stay up past midnight while socialising (secretly wishing for friends to GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE!)

That said, I have been sleeping a little less lately due to some fun freelance projects I’m working on at nights, but I haven’t felt much impact. I think that stimulation actually boosts my overall energy levels.

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TTMK November 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

eemusings – I think your approach is very wise, in terms of protecting sleep and avoiding temptations to work late. Short-term losses in work can be made up for with long-term gains in productivity, health, etc.

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