I'll Sleep When I Die
The Entrepreneurs Call To Arms
“One sleepless night, no problem, but…”
I’ll sleep when I die! The call to arms of the entrepreneur. One of several badges of honour business owners tend to hold tightly to and one that needs to change; big time.
Do you know of a business owner with that mindset? You know, you see them in the mornings with bags under their eyes looking worse for wear. They always seem to be gulping down cup after cup of coffee every day, maybe all day. Then if you comment about them looking fatigued they brush it off and respond with “I’ll sleep when I die!”.
Is it you?
The other night, maybe because of too much caffeine (and I don’t usually consume much caffeine at all), or maybe because of some worrisome things on my mind I hardly slept at all. My next day was a write off. I was constantly losing my train of thought, was NOT productive at all, and in a bad mood. I was even getting a bit cranky with my daughter and her friends over something pretty insignificant.
I was not my usual self. I didn’t like it and that was just one night.
One Night Without Sleep – No Problem
Now most people, myself included, can handle one sleepless night. It took me three nights of regular sleep to return to my “normal”. It may be something a bit different for you but it will take a bit of time for your body to pay back that sleep deficit.
Now just imagine what consistent sleep deprivation will do over time. Think about how it negatively impacts your work and your life; perhaps already. Check out this list. If you’re being truthful, how much really resonates?
This is certainly not an exhaustive list (pun intended! 😀) and it doesn’t even begin to get into the negative health impacts sleep deprivation will have over time.
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation:
“Caffeine owns you! You cannot function without it.”
The Restorative Sleep Mindset
Is this badge of honour worth hanging onto? I hope not. Letting it go and beginning to reclaim healthy sleep habits begins with a shift in mindset.
Once you clearly see the negative impact sleep deprivation is having on you then you can choose to see the flip side. In focusing in on why good restorative sleep is important and what it can bring to your world you can then begin your process of change.
You’ve probably held onto the mantra of “I’ll sleep when I die” for a long time. It probably won’t be a simple transition but it will be worth it down the road.
If that alone does not feel enough then consider becoming a member of Thrive, our community of entrepreneurs. Within our community there is ample support from me as well as like minded business owners who are experiencing challenges similar to you and can offer advice from their experiences that will help you.
Contact me and I’ll tell you more about how to join us.
Creating the change you want can be hard if you go it alone!