How did you feel when you woke up this morning? Did you wake up groggy? Was it hard to get out of bed or did your body feel refreshed and renewed, ready to tackle the day?
There are more factors than just getting a good night’s sleep that allows you to wake up feeling great, but right now I am talking about sleep.
I read this sentence in Michael Hyatt’s blog recently about sleep, and tend to agree:
“Our society puts a high value on achievement but not much on rest. I hear people brag about how much they work and play but never how much they sleep—usually the opposite. “
This has been a good week of sleep for me. I have been getting to bed at a good time each night, and gaining about 6-7 hours a sleep on average.
Do you brag about how much sleep you DIDN’T get last night? Do you wear it as a badge of honor to say “I only got four hours of sleep last night I was so busy.”
I’m not saying that there are not times when we have to sacrifice some sleep to get a project done. This happens to all of us and this is the exception.
But are you doing this all the time without thinking about it?
The culture tells us to do as much as you can; get it all done; push everything to the limits; Burn the candle at both ends.
But a Real Christian businessman understands that to function at his best level he has to get a good night sleep. It’s part of taking care of your body. Like eating right and exercising regularly.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2 (NIV)
TWO TIPS TO HELP
1 – To figure out how much sleep you actually need, when you go to bed at night, don’t set your alarm clock and wake up when your body actually wakes up. This may take doing a couple of time before you actually know what time you need to wake up, but eventually you will figure out when it is that you need to wake up.
2 – Make a pledge to go to bed at the same time every night. This helps set the stage for the next day by getting to bed at the same time each night. I have a reminder set on my phone for the same time every night to serve as a gentle reminder about this.
I’m sure that you are thinking that you’ve heard this all before. I have too! But this is just a simple reminder to GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Your family will appreciate it, you will appreciate it, and you will be functioning at your most optimum level.