All About Sleep – Getting the …ZZZ’s to balance out your action packed lifestyle!
As always, I hope you’re hitting it up, taking action and enjoying life both inside and outside the classroom!! It’s a great day here in Melbourne so get outside and enjoy it!
On the flip side of getting out there and living it up, today I would like to talk about the delicate balance between productivity and sleep and how it can affect your ability to study well.
The need for sleep is something that we all share. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for each and every one of us to function properly. If you can imagine productivity as an expansion of energy outward, then sleep is the necessary contraction which allows us to regenerate our energy supply. During sleep, our body rests, repairs itself and replenishes its energy stores. Your immune system is repaired and strengthened by regular natural sleep patterns. In this way, getting enough regular, natural sleep will help keep you healthy and keep you switched on throughout your day.
Typically, the average adult requires 8 hours of natural uninterrupted sleep per night in order to function sustainably. It has also been scientifically proven that the body goes through sleep cycles of light sleep to deeper REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. These cycles repeat typically every 90 minutes. So in a typical night’s sleep you can go through four or more REM sleep cycles. It has also been proven that waking up when you are in a lighter sleep phase is beneficial for the mind and will help you start your day with ease. If you have ever woken up and still felt tired or woken up only to fall back to sleep, then you may have been woken (by your alarm or some other means) during a period of REM sleep. It is therefore beneficial to set your alarm to give yourself the best chance at waking up during a period of light sleep in order to feel refreshed and ready to start dominating life. You can set your alarm for 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5 or 9 hours depending on what you need. (There’s an app for this which I will mention later…)
For those of you who are insanely productive, may this be a reminder for you to balance your action packed life with enough sleep to keep yourself healthy. I know how exciting life can be when you are walking the path with heart and getting as much out of every day as possible. You don’t want it to end, life becomes so enjoyable and fun, that taking action (through study, exercise, work, partying, reading, cooking etc…) becomes natural and fun. There will be the temptation to stay up late and get up early in order to get the most out of every day. This is great news and I encourage you to keep up the good work, but also to remind you that you can only go so far without sleep. So take care of yourself, get some good sleep and keep dominating!
If you are a person that gets at least 8 hours of sleep a night, but still finds that you feel lethargic, sluggish and tired, then I would say that the opposite is the case!! You are not going hard enough and not burning enough energy throughout the day to need 8 hours sleep! Don’t take this the wrong way… this is good news, as you have room to expand and to start dominating. This doesn’t mean that the less you do during the day, the less sleep you will need. What YOU need is to start taking action and to start exercising. This may seem counter-intuitive so let me explain why taking more action and getting some exercise will actually increase your energy levels and help your sleep pattern.
Exercise and expansion through taking action, are processes that use energy, but also allow your body to access larger amounts of stored energy. Most of the time, after exercising, you will feel, tired in one sense, but rejuvenated in another. Your legs may be tired from running, but your mind is as clear as ever. This is due to exercise releasing energy in your body that can be used for productive purposes (you can use this to your advantage). Exercise is part of that outward flow of energy from your body into the world. Now when it comes time to sleep again, there is a natural balance between the outward flow of energy during the day and the rejuvenation of energy in the body during sleep.
Once you have achieved a healthy balance between sleep and action, your ability to learn will be greatly increased. Your mind will be able to focus on the task at hand and your willpower to burn through a study session will increase. You will be able to take in more information, process it in a way that you can understand and you memory capacity will continue to expand. In order for you to truly dominate your studies, getting the right amount of sleep is absolutely essential!
Hope you can take something valuable out of that and GOODLUCK balancing YOUR life with action and rest!!
Also, feel free to leave a comment below of your experiences related to healthy sleep, exercise, energy levels and domination of life in general. I’m always open to new ideas.
Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon.