The Sleep Debate: Do you need to
sacrifice sleep for success?


This year World Sleep Day falls on 17th March 2023 (Friday) and is a celebration of ‘sleep’.At the same time, it’s a call to action on important issues related to – sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.The event is typically held on the third Friday of March every year.

Basically, it aims to raise awareness about the importance of good sleep and its impact on health and wellbeing. It collects together healthcare professionals, researchers and sleep experts from around the world – to share their knowledge and insights about sleep.

It’s a known fact that lack of sleep can have a significant impact on productivity and entrepreneurship. Studies have revealed that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to experience problems with concentration, memory, decision-making and problem-solving. Most experts also agree that the secret to success (whether in life or business), is getting enough sleep. 

Women entrepreneurs, in particular, may benefit from paying close attention to their sleep habits. Women tend to have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep than men, and this can be especially true during certain life stages. Moreover, women often juggle multiple responsibilities – such as work, caregiving plus household duties, which incidentally, can create multiple challenges.

Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just talent – it takes sacrifice and a great deal of hard work. To reach your business goals, you must be willing to give up certain things that may not even seem essential.

Can you sacrifice sleep for success?

This is a ‘Big’ question for most people today. Everybody wants to achieve something big and meaningful; and with the bar getting raised every other day, it’s all about giving a clue to people that they need to give up on snoozing…it’s the ‘quality’ and not ‘quantity’ that matters.

Does bad sleep affect productivity or entrepreneurship?

To improve their sleep quality and boost their productivity and entrepreneurial success, women entrepreneurs can try several strategies, including:

> Establish a regular sleep routine:Keep a routine – going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can help regulate the body’s internal clock & promote better sleep.

> Create a sleep-friendly environment: Keep the background sleep-friendly. Keep the bedroom cool, dark and quiet for this can help create an ‘optimal’ sleep environment.

> Manage stress: Practising stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing – can help reduce stress levels and promote better sleep.

> Prioritize self-care: Engaging in activities that promote relaxation and self-care – such as taking a warm bath or reading a book or listening to music before bed, can help calm the mind and prepare the body for sleep.

The bottomline is – you cannot go without sleep, (not even for a single day) unless there is a genuine reason! Our bodies are wired in such a way, that it would never allow us to delete sleep. Sleep is vital but, so is success.

So, by taking steps to improve their sleep quality, women entrepreneurs can enhance their productivity, creativity & overall wellbeing – which can ultimately lead to greater entrepreneurial success.

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