How to Achieve More by Sleeping More [Podcast S04E07]

4 Specific Ways Sleep Enables You to Accomplish Your Goals

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve more by sleeping more.

Our society places a high value on achievement and little on rest. But the more we cheat our sleep to pursue our goals, the less we actually accomplish. Today we talk about the science of sleep and achievement—specifically how rest helps you accomplish your goals.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why cheating your sleep is a lot like maxing out your credit card.

  • How our business culture makes people feel guilty.

  • Why you don’t have to sacrifice achievement to get more rest. You can actually get more done by getting more sleep.

  • That sleep helps your mind stay focused when you need it most.

  • How sleeping improves our ability to learn and process information.

  • That we start the day with a finite amount of mental and emotional energy. When we keep going after it’s drained, we perform badly and feel even worse.

  • One of the greatest gifts you can give your spouse is being alert to how rested they are.

  • Why just a couple extra hours each night can make all the difference in your mental and physical energy.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: Do you get a full night’s sleep? If not, why?

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Here are most of the posts I’ve written on sleep: why it’s so critical to success and how to start getting more.

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If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all thirteen audio episodes of Season 4 here. I release the video episodes weekly, as they are not yet available for batch listening. If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find Season 0 here, Season 1 here, Season 2 here, Season 3 here, and Season 4 here.

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