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You must sleep.

You must sleep. It’s the way we are built. Sleep is one of those things you just can’t do without. You need to eat, need to breathe and need to sleep. There seems to be an epidemic of sleep problems these days, and worse yet, I am always hearing people talk about how they get by with just a couple of hours of sleep a night. That means there are a lot of us who are walking around, not realizing our full potential.

You almost never hear anyone talking about how they never eat or how they are okay with only breathing a couple of times a day. But a lot of people seem to think nothing of getting by with “3 or 4 hours of sleep a night” or not having slept “well” in weeks.

Maybe, that lack of sleep doesn’t change you as quickly as not eating or not breathing, but make no mistake about it; you are not the same person when you are not sleeping. You are not functioning at your best. You are built to get between seven and ten hours of sleep each night to be at your best. (And yes, I heard you snort when you read that and saw you roll your eyes.)

What could you do if you weren’t just “getting by” in the sleep department, but instead were well rested? For a lot of people, that’s a tough thing even to imagine. I will bet it involves improved performance, better mood and a lot of other positive things that are side-effects of getting enough sleep.

Maybe we would be better off if we didn’t view sleep as expendable and instead treated it with the same urgency that we have for continued eating, drinking, and breathing.

You’d do just about anything to keep doing those things. Maybe even try hypnosis!

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