Sleep and Entrepreneurship

Sleep and Entrepreneurship

Are you sleeping less that 6 hours a night to work on your business? Congrats on your dedication to your business but you aren’t doing your health any good. Starting and managing your business is one of the most time consuming thing a person can do to themselves. Put that together with family, school, social, 9-5 (if you still have one) and finding time for yourself. Yes its very demanding and as such we try to sleep as little as possible to get stuff done.

 Importance of Sleep 

Getting a good night sleep is vital to our health and our development. As entrepreneurs we need to be at the peak of our creativity and responsiveness to the business operation. Sleep allows our brain to function properly by repairing brain cells and storing and erasing memory for optimal brain activity. If you are sleep deprived you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotion and behaviour. (NIH) These functions are very important to our business development and one of the reasons that we should not deprive our body of a good night sleep

Optimal Sleep

While growing up you will always hear that you should get 8 hours of sleep each night. Well just like most of the other “you should’s..”, its not a must. Our body needs enough rest to function on a daily basis and this may differ based on gender, age, body build and many other factors. I recommend that you aim for 7 hours sleep each night. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Studies have shown that the peak hours for sleep is between 10pm and 2am when the time is the darkest. If you live close to street lights you can use blinds and curtains to stop the light from sneaking in.

Steps to getting Optimal Sleep
  1. Create a Sleep Schedule and Stick to it
  2. Implement a Bedtime Ritual (read a book for 30 mins, listen to relaxing music, etc)
  3. Ensure your Bedroom prevents outside light and sound from entering while sleeping
  4. Sleep on clean and comfortable mattress and sheet and pillow
  5. Do NOT eat heavy food withing 4 hours of sleep
  6. Turn off all electronics 30 minutes before sleep
  7. Clear your mind from your daily activities before bed (Don’t go to bed thinking about an email you have to reply to)
  8. Eat healthy everyday!
  9. Exercise Daily (This might be hard to fit in but this can be as simple as a 10 minutes walk daily)
  10. Do NOT consume alcohol and caffeine 4 hours before sleep

You should make sleep a priority and schedule your tasks around it. Do not push back your sleep time to finish a task that you should have done before bedtime. It might take some time for you to adopt to your schedule but consistency is key. Do not try to cheat your sleep because you will only be cheating your health which will affect your business.

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About Author

Darren Beckford

A young entrepreneur who is dedicated to the development of advanced and useful technological systems. Growing up in the city of Montego Bay I was a lover of mathematics, problem solving, aviation, finance, technology and business.

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