can be anything from a performance killer to a performance
enhancer. With its impact on all bodily systems, from mind to
muscles and everything in between, its probably the most critical
performance factor for everyone.
though sleep is something we control, many people don’t
behave that way. When we take control of the factors that influence
our quality of sleep then positive effects usually happen pretty
all of the potential things that might be more interesting, or seem
more important than sleep, it’s easy to be sucked into bad
sleep habits by the 24 hour world we live in. Make sure you
remember, nothing is more important than regular, high quality
the basics right before focusing on anything else. Your bedroom
environment (temperature and darkness), your bed (comfort and
correct bedding), and your routines (switching off mentally and
physically), are your essential sleep foundations.
gone are the days when bragging about your lack of sleep or how
little you need is seen as the sign of a great performer.
You’re simply willfully underperforming.
Three things to do
1-Accept that it’s easier for us to stay awake longer
than is good for us in an ‘always on’ world. Accept
that sleep is a more important performance factor than anything
you’re likely to be staying awake for. Accept that sleep
quality is within your control.
2-Decide what your ideal sleep quantity is and what your ideal
sleep environment is. Decide how hard you’re going to work on
prioritising sleep within your overall performance recipe.
3-Act. Do an experiment for the next 4 weeks where you seek to get
the most consistent, high quality sleep that you can AND track the
observable impact that you get as a result.