What do Bill Gates, Rick Ross, Jennifer Lopez and The Dalai Lama have in common? Well, aside from boatloads of fame and success, not much. However, each of these successful icons is dedicated to getting a good night’s sleep every night.
What does this have to do with you? Quite a bit, if you’re looking to perform at your best during the work day!
Forty percent of Americans are sleeping less than seven hours a night, which suggests that most of the country underrates the necessity of a good night’s sleep. It makes sense. We’ve learned that to be the best, we have to make sacrifices and tirelessly work our way to the top. Unfortunately, this mindset tends to rank sleep low on the priority list. But that thought process overlooks one of the most important ingredients to success: a clear mind.
Sleeping well helps reinforce your mental clarity and overall health to help you perform at an optimum level. And that’s not all! Here are a few other benefits that come along with consistent, restful sleep:
- Stress relief
- Enhanced creativity
- Increased productivity
- Sharper memory
- Greater attention span
- Better concentration
- Increased emotional intelligence
- Longer life span
Not only is sleeping well beneficial to your workday, but avoiding sleep can drastically hinder your productivity during the day. Cognitive delays, moodiness and poor concentration are among other obstacles lack of sleep can impose on your workday.
While several successful figures, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, all claim to get less than six hours of shuteye a night—they’re the exception and not the rule. So unless you’re running the White House, get to bed.