Peak Performance Insider: Why sleep is a pillar of peak performance and how you can get even more of it

Peak Performance Insider: Why sleep is a pillar of peak performance and how you can get even more of it

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Now without any further ado…

1. Why sleep is a pillar of peak performance and how you can get even more of it

We all know that sleep is important but few of us get enough of it.

We tell ourselves that it’s because our jobs, families, friends, and devices are constantly vying for our attention.

And we justify staying up late for “me time” even when we know that we should be sleeping.

But the problem is that there are no shortcuts.

In a culture obsessed with optimization and instant gratification, you can’t “hack” sleep.

No pill is going to turn six hours into eight.

You’re either going to get enough quality sleep or suffer from sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation increases hunger, increases cravings, and reduces strength and performance.

Poor sleep also leads to memory issues, poor concentration, irritability, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, poor balance, and a low sex drive.

So although we all need different amounts of sleep, getting between 7 and 9 hours each night should be paramount on your priority list.

Study after study indicates that if you’re sleeping well, your immune system works better.

You think more clearly.

You have more energy.

Your metabolism functions more efficiently.

Your blood sugar levels are more stable.

Even your reaction times improve.

So stop relying on coffee, snacks, and power naps to get you through the day.

Start improving your sleep hygiene by:

  • Making your room pitch black or wearing an eye mask
  • Keeping your phone outside your room or away from your bed
  • Keeping your room temperature cool
  • Avoiding electronics 1-2 hours before bed
  • Wearing blue light blocking glasses when looking at screens

Quality sleep directly contributes to more productive work days, more effective workouts, and a happier and healthier you.

For more information about how to sleep better, read Matthew Walker’s NY Times Best Seller “Why We Sleep.”

Why We Sleep | Book by Matthew Walker | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

It’s a brilliant deep dive into what sleep is, why we do it, what happens when we don’t get enough, and how to ensure you get more.

What You Can Do Today: Watch this TED Talk by Matthew Walker then create a consistent sleep and wake schedule.

I hope this helps!

Food for Thought This Weekend

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. – Stephen Covey

We don’t fall short of our goals because we’re incompetent.

We fall short of our goals because we’re distracted.

You can’t accomplish big things if you’re distracted by little things.

So focus on one goal, ruthlessly commit to it, and turn it into a reality.

– Menya

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