Written By: Dr. Amit Mishra
Early Rising is Exceptional, Having Adequate Sleep is Better
“Scholars and thinkers wake up early in the morning and contemplate. Also, those who desire wealth wake up early and get to work”.
Rigveda (About 1000 B.C.)
Due to the fact that there’s no universal rule for “Ideal sleeping habit” to follow, generally, people follow the habits of successful people or Entrepreneurs. Successful Entrepreneurs never underestimate the significance of sound sleep. They wish to be focused, emotionally balanced, and quick-witted in all areas of their business. In this article, I have tried to explore about sleep, its importance for an Entrepreneur and have suggested a few important tips for having a sound solid deep sleep which is very important for staying calm and focus at their work.
Should sleeping hours be deducted for being productive?
Like all people in the world, Entrepreneurs do have to take care of things besides their routine work. So balancing both their official obligations and their business, project, etc. make them a very busy personality. This pattern is found common in Entrepreneur or any professional in today’s fast-moving world where the sleeping habits and patterns of quantity and quality are affected by a variety of cultural, behavioral, social, pathophysiological, psychological, and environmental influences.
According to a new study, those who are early birds (early sleepers and risers) are less prone to develop stress, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, Obesity, and stroke. Early birds are biologically programmed, Stable Circadian rhythms controlled by body’s biological clocks, to be less susceptible to depression and schizophrenia and might just be happier than night owls (late sleepers and late risers).
Our ancestors used to follow a fixed pattern to have quality sleep and probably this was the key for their healthy physical and mental well-being. An inspirational quote of Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790), one of the famous figures of American History quotes about the value of early rising and health “Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes a man Healthy, Wealthy and wise”.
Sun is the ultimate source of energy. Recent studies have pointed out that the exposure to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hour’s helps in having sleep better at night. The later you wake-up after sunrise the slothful and lethargic you will be. The closer you wake up to sunrise, preferably before sunrise it will make you active and zestful. It can be observed in the dynamism of animals, birds, and most of the elders in the family as they all wake up either at the stroke of sunrise or earlier than that.
What is Sleep?
Sleep is a complex and dynamic process which is the major part of our daily routine. We spend about one-third of the day in sleep. Quality sleep and getting a sufficient amount of it at the right times is as essential to survival as food and water. Without sleep, the pathways in our brain are not formed or maintained which allow us to learn and create new memories, and it’s tougher to concentrate and respond swiftly.
Sleep is of paramount importance to a number of brain functions, like how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, our brain and body remain substantially active while we sleep properly. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that eliminates toxins in our brain that is build up while we are awake.
Everybody requires sleep, but its biological purpose remains a mystery. Sleep affects altogether every type of human body tissue and system right from the brain, heart, stomach, and lungs to the central nervous system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and Endocrine system.
Is Sleep beneficial?
Getting sufficient sleep is good for health. Infants generally require about 16-18 hours a day, while teenagers (13-18 years old) require about 9 hours on average. For most adults(above 18 years old), 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the substantial amount of sleep, although some people may require as few as 5 hours or as long as 10 hours of sleep each day. The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, a brilliant statesman has gained the ability to have a sound deep sleep but only for 3.5 hours.
Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Here, I am going to discuss a few tips to improve your sleep
- It’s very important to Set a schedule and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
- Before going to bed nearly a few hours before, Exercise about 20 to 30 minutes a day.
- Before going to bed or late in the day try to avoid caffeine or nicotine and alcoholic drinks
- Try a warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine before going to bed.
- Avoid bright lights and loud sounds, keep the room at a comfortable temperature and don’t watch Television or have a computer in your bedroom to create a room for sound sleep.
- If you are unable to go for sleep, do something else, like reading or listening to music, until you feel tired. Avoid lying in bed awake.
- Visit a clinician for any problem in sleeping or for unusual tiredness feeling during the day. Most sleep disorders are effectively curable.
Sound sleep is one of the pillars of our health system along with good nutrition and regular physical exercise. Relaxation techniques like Meditation, yoga, and music have all proved effective for stress and sleep disorders. Successful entrepreneurs make it a priority to get sufficient sleep every night for self-control and being focused at their work.