Some people can sleep just a few hours a day. Kobe Bryant once said that he will spend time with his daughters, go to practice his basketball, then go to sleep. He will only sleep a handful of hours each day. His explanation is that since neither can he cut his family time nor his basketball time, he will have to cut down his sleep time. Another person who sleeps little each day is Donald Trump, who reported sleep just four hours daily.
We know that sleep deprivation has its detrimental consequences – from all kinds of heart problems to fatigue issues. Sleep deprivation is officially militarily regarded as a form of torture. Of course, the two people I mentioned above are highly famous and successful people. Perhaps, cutting their sleep hours, relative to the amount of success they have exchanged it for, is reasonable. But what about us? Are our reasons acceptable to cut down on our sleep hours in such drastic ways?
In theory, cutting down on sleep may seem to be a “good” way to free up more time to get more things done, but the reality is that when we cut down on sleep, we go through the rest of our awake time feeling drowsy and unmotivated, causing us to unknowingly input just a fraction and unfocused amount of effort into our work and other activities. This result in works of undesirable and uninspiring outcome. Then we wonder why we feel frustrated and we just can’t get anything done.
“But I really have no time.”
Of course. After all, it is rare to find people around us who indeed have time.
No time is usually a sign of a need to reassess our priorities. Write down all the things you do each day. Rank them from most important to least important. Obviously, you should spend most of your time and energy on the most important things – for example your passion and your health – and the least of your time on the least important ones – such as playing computer games and scrolling mindlessly through social media. Most people, when they do this, they will realize that they have actually spent the bulk of their time on meaningless activities and little to no time on activities of utmost importance.