Although I’ve always been a proponent of the value of getting a full night’s sleep for health, this is something that I haven’t been able to do for myself for many years. The people I know who are most committed to their careers and those for whom anything other than success is unacceptable have had a bad relationship with sleep.
I’ve heard some CEOs say that there will be time to sleep when they die, and other managers who expect their employees to forgo a good night’s sleep during the most important times of the year when presence at work is required for nearly twenty-four hours a day. I had a boss who, even during slower times, often worked in his office twenty hours a day and slept at his desk for the other four hours. This was many years ago, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he still does.
Studies have long shown the benefits of getting a full night’s sleep, and seven to eight hours each day seems to be the magic amount. Researchers continue to study sleep. A few years ago, sleep deprivation was linked to serious illness, and now it’s been found that there are superficial benefits, too; sleep makes people more attractive. There’s truth behind the phrase, “beauty sleep.”
It seems somewhat intuitive, but now we have the data to back up our assumption. Getting a full night’s sleep keeps you looking good. Anyone who is interested in earning more money should be interested in doing anything possible to seem more attractive to others because other studies have shown that, on average, people considered attractive earn more money.
As I’ve been basically working two full-time jobs for the past few years, I have not been able to live by my philosophy of the importance of a full night’s sleep. As of today, however, I am making my own hours, dedicated solely to the projects that I want to work on (such as Consumerism Commentary).
I don’t think I need to force myself to remain awake in order to build a successful business. In fact, I seem to have better ideas when my brain is operating well-rested. As I design and schedule my life without a corporate job in addition to the work I want to do, I will try to incorporate a good night’s sleep. I’m primarily motivated by the health benefits, but it wouldn’t hurt to lose the circles under my eyes, appear more attractive to others, and perhaps statistically earn more money.
Do you get a full night’s sleep? Do you think sleep has any noticeable effect on your attractiveness?
Published or updated December 16, 2010.