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Habit for Success: Work Like a Slave, Sleep Like a Baby

No doubt, sleep is vital in our lives. After a hard day’s work, our bodies yearn for a rewarding rest.  How many hours you sleep, is determi...

No doubt, sleep is vital in our lives. After a hard day’s work, our bodies yearn for a rewarding rest. 

How many hours you sleep, is determined by many factors in your life – and most importantly, what you are aiming to achieve in your life.

No doubt, babies need more hours of sleep, around 18 hours per day, but for a grownup, experts recommend eight hours. With tasks at hand, plenty of dreams to accomplish, you cannot afford to sleep that long. 

Anything done in excess becomes dangerous, and the opposite is also true. Enjoying long hours of sleep can be detrimental to your development, and having less sleep can become a health hazard.

Sleeping habits vary with people and circumstances, but studies show that sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems, among other notable side effects. 

Oversleeping on the other hand has its health side effects, and successful people have created their unique sleeping schedules to help them maintain a balance between resting and work.

But how do successful people retire to bed successfully, after a strenuous day, leaving a workload on the must-do list? Rome was not built in a day, and most importantly, your health is more important than wealth. You need a healthy body to create and enjoy the wealth that you have accumulated.

Be creative

Some famous and rich people, such as Charles Dickens developed innovative ways to make them enjoy their sleep. Records say the prolific writer was an insomniac, who insisted on facing the north when he slept and this is believed to have an impact on his creativity.
Work Like A Slave And Sleep Like A Baby 
Author Stephen King, is particular about his sleeping position, insisting that his pillowcases point in a certain direction. “I brush my teeth, I wash my hands. Why would anybody wash their hands before they go to bed? I don’t know. And the pillows are supposed to be pointed a certain way,” he wrote in his book.

“The open side of the pillowcase is supposed to be pointed in toward the other side of the bed. I don’t know why,” King added. Deliberate changes to your sleeping environment can attract a good night's sleep. Try it and you may encounter a refreshing difference.


With a single pay cheque that is not able to satisfy all the needs in life, there is a temptation to achieve more in a short space of time. In that case, a side hustle, normally after working hours means you have to work extra hours to make an additional buck, sadly, this is achieved at the expense of your health.

The drive you have now will be prolonged for longer only if you can restore your energy every night by sleeping the recommended hours to fully reboot your energy reserves. Making sleep a priority prevents you from burning out, and gives you the strength to keep pursuing your goals for years to come.

Diary discipline

As a human being, you will always have unresolved issues that will demand your attention, even after you have retired to bed. These pressing issues include life issues, work-related and family issues. Being able to manage these issues that may overlap into your bedroom, will determine if you are going to have a good sleep.

Your daytime activities are more closely linked to your mindset at bedtime than you might realize. Going to bed with worries about what’s to come the next day, what you might forget to do tomorrow. 

Or what is still outstanding on your to-do list, will trigger you to wake up in the small hours. You are guaranteed good of sleeping well if you are not bothered by outstanding issues, and you can only achieve this by diarising them.

Respect your bedroom

Your bedroom must serve two purposes only – sleep and intimacy. Sadly, many people have been attempted to convert the bedroom to conveniently use it for other purposes. From gym equipment, financial documents, televisions and books. 

Bedroom clutter that reminds us of work can be a major trigger for insomnia. To achieve quality sleep, clear your bedroom and make more room. If you do such, it will be hard to wind down.

Sleep enough

When it comes to sleep, there is too much of a good thing. Oversleeping can lead to heart disease, diabetes and depression. The average adult will need 8 hours of sleep. This can vary from person to person, but use this as a guideline. 

The number one cause of being unable to sleep is stress. We stress about work, relationships, or health. Meditation will open a whole new world. You need to turn off your mind, especially if you are struggling with sleep.

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