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Is Sleep More Important Than Food?

Is Sleep More Important Than Food?
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The Energy Project's Tony Schwartz looks at how we underestimate sleep in quantity and quantity and provides 3 ways to improve it.

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  • 11 march 2011

Drawing on examples of sleep deprivation examples and studies, Tony Schwartz (CEO and founder of The Energy Project) published a blog post in Harvard Business Review claiming that “sleep is more important than food”. He gives 3 clear pieces of advice on how to get better sleep, and makes the case for getting more sleep and how it can improve our productivity, cognition, emotional condition, and health.

The Energy Project looks at “the correlation between employee engagement and business performance” in a holistic, multi-disciplinary manner. Here is their perspective:

“Time is finite, but energy – the capacity to do work — can be expanded and regularly renewed. The better we meet our energy needs, the more value we’re capable of creating. The Energy Project offers a new value proposition. Rather than trying to get more out of people, employers are better served by meeting their employees’ multidimensional needs, so they’re freed, fueled and motivated to bring more of themselves to work.”

According to the research, anything less below 7 hours of sleep puts you in the survival zone and that’s a dangerous place. What is more concerning is the fact that most of us have forgotten what it feels like to be well-rested and hence energetic.

His 3 insights are:

a) Go to bed earlier

b) Do something relaxing for 45 minutes before falling asleep. Avoid glaring screens and ritualize your pre-sleep time by drinking herbal tea, meditate, listening to music, or “reading a dull book”.

c) Write down what’s on your mind. If you go to sleep with unresolved issues or thoughts shooting through your brain, it will be harder to fall asleep.

You can download the full White Paper here.

The Energy Project

[via Harvard Business Review]

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