If you are health conscious, you’d object if someone smoked a cigarette next to you, so why is it many of us don’t rein in the habit of staying up late to respond to social media posts? Or tell your overseas colleague that they need to think about your wellbeing and productivity when a conference call is scheduled past midnight?
If you frequently feel sleepy the next day, fall asleep when left in a quiet room, if you sleep more than two hours more during days when you don’t have to wake up early in the morning, your body is telling you that it is not getting enough sleep. Over the longer term, that’s going to have negative consequences no matter what your friends or colleagues tell you. As habits are difficult to change, it is important to ingrain a positive attitude to sleep when one is young. When one is older it may be difficult or impossible to get the sleep that one craves.
As sleep gains traction as a status symbol, there will be an emergence of ‘sleep hacks’ and ‘super tips’ that basically tell of shortcuts and ways one can benefit sleep without making significant lifestyle changes. Such advice can be likened to liposuction and facial uplifts – may look good from the outside but don’t actually change the underlying fundamentals. As prudent investors, you need to be wiser.
Investing in good sleep is a wise move. Something to sleep on tonight.