6 Secrets to Surviving on Little or No Sleep
No matter the industry or the size of the company , every business owner or leader had those nights when don’t get enough sleep. Every entrepreneur or employee will face a fight against a tired mind and body.
Founders often justify burning the midnight oil, as this is their time to create something meaningful and sleep is something that can come later in life – after these valuable years of innovation are behind them. But this thought process isn’t necessarily beneficial to the company, as lack of sleep can cause people not to think (or function) properly.
So here are several lessons to help battle through the long hours and endless days that are part of the life of all us:
1.Take a catnap.
A catnap, or a quick 20 to 30 minute nap, can be your best friend. Taking a 20 minute nap is a great way to recharge your mind and body. If you aren’t fortunate to work in a place with quiet areas or don’t have your own office, be creative.
2.Prioritize your tasks.
When you’re tired, you probably aren’t at your most productive. So, why would you stress yourself out and try to complete ten different tasks? Prioritize what you have to do when you are getting to the point of exhaustion. Focus on things that need to get done, and wait to answer non-urgent emails until the next day.
3.Find out the minimum hours of sleep needed to function.
The minimum hours of sleep I can get while still being productive is four hours. If I can’t get at least four hours of sleep, my time is better spent powering up with a meal and working through the night. Know what the minimum amount of sleep you can still function with is and make an effort to allow yourself that time.
4.Cut back on large meals.
Avoid eating large meals, junk food or a ton of carbohydrates. Those types of foods will make you drowsy. Instead, munch on a series of lighter meals that are lean and contain plenty of proteins: specifically, foods that contain tyrosine.
Whole grains, fruits and veggies, yogurt, chicken and fish are examples of food that won’t slow you down and will keep you alert.
5.Don’t take financial decisions after midnight.
Making decisions that involve purchases after midnight will wreak havoc on your business. Also, try to avoid make purchasing decisions when you are struggling to stay awake, and double check important decisions before submitting them. Save vital decisions for your peak times of the day.
6.Utilize travel time.
Travel is a big part of our jobs. While other people use travel time to sleep, you should use it to work. Utilize flight and transit time by taking care of non-Internet related tasks. For instance, turn Outlook email in offline mode and get through your entire list of emails in order to send them when you get to the hotel and then go to sleep.