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ABOUT BURNOUT: THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP. TWO BIGGEST MISTAKES

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I wanted to start in a non-original way: “In the previous series…”, but I’ll put it more bluntly: the last two publications were about broadening your horizons: the world economy, finance, and most importantly, how to get rich and not be a mid-level manager for life. Read it soon, if you haven’t already seen it.

And today for dessert, an article by Franz Wertvollen on the importance of sleep.

Franz Wertvollen is one of the wisest contemporary writers I know. Go to Quora and read more about him and his thoughts there.

For now, have a useful read.

Franz Wertvollen

I wanted to start in a non-original way: “In the previous series…”, but I’ll put it more bluntly: the last two publications were about broadening your horizons: the world economy, finance, and most importantly, how to get rich and not be a mid-level manager for life. Read it soon, if you haven’t already seen it.

And today for dessert, an article by Franz Wertvollen on the importance of sleep.

Franz Wertvollen is one of the wisest contemporary writers I know. Go to Quora and read more about him and his thoughts there.

For now, have a useful read.

Franz Wertvollen

Mistake #1 : neglecting the six hours of sleep minimum

Mostly people under the age of 30 are guilty of that (as after 30 it usually becomes physically painful to neglect sleep). Before thirty the lack of sleep mostly affects the mood, or so it would seem. But that’s not the case. 

People who don’t get at least six solid hours of sleep become like pirates plagued by scurvy — sluggish, lazy and depressed. Every action seems complicated to such a person, every conversation — tense. Any new situation (a situation in which the person does not have a trodden path yet) causes panic and numbness instead of excitement. 

The lack of sleep creates the perfect conditions for the procrastination virus. And once you catch it, you get sick for life.

If your body greets the lack of sleep with an unbearable migraine, it will quickly make you drop this bad habit. Alas, human bodies are smart, but not smart enough. Chronic sleep deprivation does not cause physical incapacity in many people (up to a certain age). Mental incapacity, on the other hand, is much less noticeable. Often people don’t realize how sluggish they’ve become: how slowly they think, how afraid of communication they become and how hard it is for them to concentrate. They take it as a given, as a simple fact.

So the romantic picture of an «artistic dreamer contemplating all night long with (or without) a cigarette» has long gone out of fashion for a reason. Such dreamers risk remaining solely dreamers forever.

Mistake #2 : “I’m sad, I’m going to bed.”

Neglecting six hours of sleep is evil. But it’s just as evil, if not more so, to think that your chronic fatigue will be solved by sleep. It won’t be. If a person has chronic fatigue, they can hibernate on the couch and lie still for 24 hours, it won’t get any easier. Chronic fatigue is not about the lack of sleep. It is all the unresolved problems you have. All the unresolved internal conflicts. If you never work on yourself, don’t work through (don’t even explain to yourself) the situations in which you’ve failed and have been failing up until now, chronic fatigue is your inseparable twin.

Especially if you have problems with hubris. Chronic fatigue and excessive pride, like obesity and diabetes, often walk hand in hand.

So if you want to get rid of the chronic fatigue, you have to work with your emotions and thoughts. You have to learn how to have an HONEST conversation with yourself, with your very core. Not late night philosophical thoughts with cigarettes, but rather being open to see the TRUTH about who you are and what you are.

Note: there is no such thing as a sleeping schedule fixed “once and for always”. Well, actually there is… Only the corpses have an impeccable sleeping schedule, but not living people. 

It’s ok if your sleeping schedule «glides” sometimes. You could sleep 6-7 hours a day consistently for a while, and then — bang! Some beautiful miracle might happen to you one night and take all your sleep away. Another time you may greet the dawn, glued to the screen of your phone, watching a live stream that’s very important to you. Another sunrise will catch you working on yourself — analyzing your mistakes, emotions, thoughts. 

All of the above is okay when you’ve set your priorities right, and as long as the sunrise doesn’t catch you watching something like Game of Thrones. Or consuming bytes of informational garbage created by people who have absolutely nothing helpful to say. Who only have one motive: to boost their own ego.

When the pointless stuff mentioned above doesn’t steal your sleep, your body can perfectly cope with three or four sleepless nights per month, provided that the rest of the time you sleep well. Sleep peacefully — because you deal with your problems at the right time and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by idle things.

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