One thing that I’ve never understood is the obsession that most entrepreneurs have about getting the least amount of sleep possible. I utilize a sleep schedule that gets me between 6-7 hours of sleep a night. That is my number for peak performance. Don’t get me wrong, I love sleep just as much as the next person, but I’m not willing to oversleep and miss my opportunity for success. Most entrepreneurs sport their sleep deprivation as a badge of honor. By getting fewer hours of sleep, we actually become less productive. The original intent of most entrepreneurs is to get more time to be productive. This idea actually works the opposite when you get fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night. As DJ Khaled would say, “Congrats! You played yourself!”
Entrepreneurs are so competitive that we’ll make a competition out of literally anything, including the amount of sleep we get. Once you’re sleep deprived, your body isn’t efficient. You start to have lapses in judgement, you can’t focus, your body doesn’t heal right, and there’s a whole slew of other issues. It’s kind of ironic that entrepreneurs, who are so focused on peak performance, aren’t willing to let their body operate at its optimal level.
Peak performance is the goal. By sleeping 6-7 hours a night, it allows me to live a peak performing lifestyle that is conducive to success. I get the most amount of time in my day without suffering the consequences of sleep deprivation. It took me a while to find a sleep schedule that would consistently work for me. My current schedule is to go to bed at 10pm, be asleep by 11pm, and wake up at 5am. Having a nighttime routine is critical to good night’s rest. My routine is typically: Take a shower, have a cup of tea, write down my 10 wins for the day, brush my teeth, and lastly, read. My phone never goes into my bed. It always remains on my desk where I can’t see it or have the temptation to grab it. I utilize this routine every day. My brain knows that it’s time to wind down when I start the routine. Another key to successful sleep is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. My routine is not for everyone and each person will develop their unique routine. Hopefully, this gives you some ideas on how to maximize your sleep.