Can sleep@10 boost your career?

While most of us wouldn’t think of sleep being an important ingredient for a great career, think again! Research proves that optimum sleep is the way to a successful worklife. So if you do have a good sleep routine - which means sleeping for 7–9 hours, preferably by 10 pm with an early morning to follow- raise a toast to yourself. You have just cracked the code to having optimum productivity during the day!

Though most of us might look at a 7–9 hours of sleep as idealistic and attribute a great career to the long hours of work and lack of sleep that we have, science says that sleep is imperative for productivity. Professionals in the past have seen a huge improvement in their productivity and work experience with colleagues on just altering and bettering their sleep patterns. All this is of course very scientific. Cortisol, the stress response hormone that the adrenal gland produces, is released in large quantity when we don’t get enough sleep. This hormone further leads to insomnia and anxiety that results in being hyper, stressed, not focused. The irony of the situation is that this feeling again leads us to consume caffeine and sugar which again leads to insomnia and hence again release of cortisol… quite a vicious circle!

But this is science and as they say, seeing is believing — let’s examine some personalities — very famous — both for their success in the respective fields, at the same time, renowned for their strict sleep regime.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, commented “We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis” and has written a book, spoken at Ted Talks, sharing her life and her sleeping patterns.

Sheryl Sandberg

Similarly, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook too is a strong propagator of sleeping on time. She has even appealed to the CEOs of company asking them to check if their employees slept on time.

Geeta Phogat

The merits of sleeping at 1000 hours are not restricted to corporate leaders alone but also among sports personalities like Geeta Phogat who won India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She attributes her success to the highly disciplined lifestyle followed with rigorous training.

Akshay Kumar

Even film actor Akshay Kumar is known for following a very orderly lifestyle which entails sleeping around 0930–1000 and kickstarting his day with intensive martial arts trainings at 0400 hours.

This seems like a very simple and preachy statement but if practiced can improve the quality of life by measures. Whether it is efficiency at work or increase in health quotient, the need and benefits of sleeping on time cannot be over emphasized. Initially, this will be a task and a schedule requires to be set — a pattern has to be woven in the mind. Temptations will have to be fixed and even it initially might seem to take a toll on work or personal life, especially in today’s world when distractions come so easily. But it can be done.

So as the saying goes, it’s never too late. And it’s definitely never too late for a healthy lifestyle that will transform your life. So start today. Commit yourself to sleeping @10 and start your day early. Watch the change!