The Glorification of No Sleep
You probably have the following phrases engraved in your minds: “Team No Sleep”, “Sleep is for the Broke”, “While you’re sleeping, someone else is working.” Your social media feeds are flooded with inspirational quotes from Musicians, Entrepreneurs, and entertainment moguls that seem to practice the no sleep lifestyle. Somehow, we’ve managed to glorify not sleeping. I am guilty of succumbing to this false stigma, I mean, I’ve worked really hard and I would hate for someone to snatch it all away while I sleep… right? The messaging we are receiving every day, in essence, says “if you want to be successful, don’t sleep.”
So how much of this is true and how much of this is societal BS? The experts at University of Miami Health System (UHealth) say that studies continue to show that even moderate amounts of sleep deprivation can produce impairments in adults equivalent to being legally drunk. Additionally, chronic fatigue from lack of sleep can also make you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses. Now, let that sink in…
If your purpose for being an advocate for #teamnosleep is ambition, how productive can you really be if the important decisions you need to make everyday are made while you’re mentally impaired? Both our brains & bodies need time for recovery. According to the experts, lack of sleep sets you up for irrational choices, non-optimal performance, and injuries that could derail everything you’ve worked for. It’s also been said that sleep deficiency can age your skin, cause weight gain, and decrease your sex drive– ahem, heard of getting your “Beauty Sleep”?
Head over to UHealth’s blog post to read more about the connection between sleep and athletic performance, what the experts advise – and what Lebron James and Roger Federer have in common.
As a momma-preneur, I’ve been part of #teamnosleep for the last 7 years. It’s gotten so bad, that I fight my sleep at night because there is one more task that I could accomplish, or one more article that I could read to give myself a competitive edge. Thanks to my friends at UHealth for educating me on the power behind sleep. Sleep should not be associated with guilt and lack of sleep should not be the measure for success. As someone whose professional life depends on their physical performance, mental creativity, while advocating self care; I find myself not practicing what I preach. From this day forward, I vow to be #teamsleep and you should join this team too.
Stay Hungry. Live Fierce.