I tracked my sleep obsessively for a year and consumed every piece of knowledge I could find on the topic. I summed up everything I learned in this article. Enjoy!
By the end of this article you will know 3 things:
- Why great sleepers have a competitive advantage when it comes to both, optimal mental & physical fitness and creating meaningful work for the world.
- What is stopping you from great sleep and what sleep deprivation is doing to your brain and body.
- How to become a great sleeper and ultimately leverage the skill to show up for people, projects, and causes you care about the most.
I want you to be able to show up for the things you care about in the most powerful way possible. Mastering sleep may be the most important and overlooked foundational skill of them all.
Let's get to it!
There does not seem to be one major organ within the body, or process within the brain, that isn’t optimally enhanced by sleep (and detrimentally impaired when we don’t get enough).
“Why We Sleep”, Dr. Matthew Walker
Section 1: What’s happening when we sleep and why is it a competitive advantage?
I think we can all agree that taking care of our mental health is a good thing. I’ll take it a step further. We should all be striving for optimal mental fitness. After all, any good you want to do for yourself or for others will come from that wonderful mind of yours.
Now, let’s talk about what’s going on in your brain when you sleep that gives you the tools to optimize your mental fitness. Dr. Matthew Walker, author of “Why We Sleep”, describes it quite elegantly. I’ll be referencing Dr. Mathew’s work in “Why We Sleep” often as his book was a large influence on this article. If this is a topic that interests you then go pick up his book — you won’t regret it.
Think of your brain an information processor with 3 core states:
- Wake State — Reception: Experiencing and learning from the world