Within the human blueprint is our need for sleep. For most of us, sleep takes up at least 7-8 hours a day, about 1/3 of our life.
Many “busy” people try to rewire the blueprint. In a culture that rewards achievement, sleep is the anti-achievement. What a waste of time, right?
Athletes will ask, “what’s the one thing I can do to accelerate my athletic improvement?” Designers will ask, “what’s the one thing I can do to become more creative?” CEOs will ask, “what’s the one thing I can do to become a better decision-maker?” There’s a fiery center within me that’s always asking, “how can I get more done, faster, better?”
More often than not, the shamefully simple answer is exactly the one I don’t want to hear: SLEEP.
I don’t want to hear it because sleep forces us to the reality of not being in control. Sleep resets our souls in 4 important ways. Sleep keeps us:
- Humble. Every day, we’re reminded that we’re limited. Fragile. Our time is limited. We’re not God.
- Patient. I have to be patient with our goals and dreams. Very importantly for me, I need to be patient with myself. Enough for today, time for bed.
- Trusting. Waking up tomorrow is not up to us.
- Thankful. Getting to live today was not up to us.
Time for bed.