I don’t how it happened but somehow over the years we’ve been conditioned to think that the amount of sleep we get - or lack thereof - somehow directly relates to higher levels of dedication in our lives.
I mean, how many times have you heard comments like this:
I barely got any sleep last night.
I worked all night.
I’ll be at the office late tonight.
I’ll do it after the kids go to bed.
Hey, I mean, maybe you’ve even made these comments before. (I know I have!)
The Games We Play
It's like we’re constantly playing this “whoever gets more done, wins” game. And the winning strategy seems to be to cut back on the one thing that doesn’t show us measurable results - our sleep!
But what’s weird about this is that we all know what we’re like when we’re sleep deprived, right?
Our judgment's off.
We misplace stuff
Totally spaced on how how we got to work.
In fact, whenever someone says they were up all night working, I immediately think to myself, Greeeeaaattt. I’m gonna have to check their work because it’s probably not their best if they were exhausted.
The Effects of Lack of Sleep
This is exactly what happened to a client who came to me a few months ago to focus on her work/life blend
She’d had enough of pulling all nighters and passing out front of her computer. Her lack of sleep was starting to take a toll on her credibility at work.
At first, she didn’t notice.
She thought she was killin’ it.
The design firm she worked at had asked her to pitch a well known, heavy hitter in the digital space. She was stoked.
When the day came to present, she was exhausted but felt like she knew her pitch inside and out. After she finished, the client expressed that he was impressed but equally appalled.
While he liked what he saw in her pitch, he picked out (4) separate times that his company’s name was misspelled in the presentation. And it’s a name we all know!
She was totally beside herself, how could she have missed something so simple?? Deep down, she knew it probably wasn’t just this pitch that she’d made such a simple but impactful error on. She’d been operating in a sleep-famine for years.
Flash forward 3 months and she’s been getting a better response at work, feels like her peers respect her again, feels like she’s back to her old detail-oriented self and is much more decisive in her work
The biggest change in her life had been shutting down and going to bed at a set time each day as to not burn out.
Sleep is by far one of my favorite topics. We need it, we want it, yet we often sacrifice it in favor of something else that we think is more important but truly, it’s sleep that is most important because it’s how we recharge and reset for the next day.