What I wished I’d known when I started my career – #1
I was proud of being sleep deprived; I wore it like a badge of honor. I would send emails at midnight because that’s when I was catching up. I thought it showed my dedication. In the competitive world of Silicon Valley, I didn’t entirely dream that up. But it also showed I wasn’t setting limits and managing my time. I wasn’t being the boss of me.
Sleep is important. It contributes to our health and sanity. As I discovered after having my first child; there’s a reason why sleep deprivation is a form of torture. And importantly to our careers, reputations are built on our judgement and knowledge; we need our brain cells healthy and firing to be our best.
Entire books and studies are written about why we need sleep, but here’s my favorite chart:
You know what I love and brag about now? A good nap.