Permission to Sleep

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

Ernest Hemingway

“Sleep is the Swiss army knife of health. When sleep is deficient, there is sickness and disease. And when sleep is abundant, there is vitality and health.”

Matthew Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Sleep

Its difficult to be creative when you are exhausted and overworked. My work is always at its most mediocre when I’m sleep deprived. The same goes for decision-making. It’s far easier to make careless choices when your mind and body are on the back-burner

All-nighters and weekend warrior sprints might get the work done, but the question is, is the work any good? Could the work have been better if we were well-rested?

I wonder if sleep exists merely because otherwise we would either overwork or indulge ourselves into an early grave. Instead, sleep gives us a required break, a hard reboot that has clear (and some unclear) ramifications if we ignore it.

Sleep is a great way to reset our mindset and emotions too. Sleep washes away feels of frustration and anger. We talk of time healing all wounds but I think perhaps sleep is the one doing the healing work, or at least gets the party started.

When in doubt, go to sleep.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #735

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