The Power of Sleep

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of hiring Dr. Gerald Bell of Bell Leadership Institute for a seminar on leadership effectiveness. We learned several valuable lessons to help us become better leaders, but one of the things that impressed us the most was his commentary and guidance on sleep. According to Dr. Bell, if you want to be a more effective leader and successful entrepreneur, one of the most important things you can do is catch some z’s. We wholeheartedly agree with this philosophy, and here are a few reasons why:

We know it may feel like there are a million things on your plate that are more important than shut-eye, but trust us, you’ll be glad you made the time. As Gina Bianchini mentioned in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, the focus of today’s workplace is less about punching hours on the time card than it is about creative strategy and ideas. That being said, you’re far more likely to solve a problem if you leave it at the office, sleep on it for a while and re-approach it with a fresh perspective than you are by pulling late nights at work. Make it a point to get a healthy night’s rest – your mind will thank you later.

Full Day Of Productivity
In order to perform as business leaders, it is critical that our minds are sharp and fully functioning. Whether you like it or not, sleep is the number one ingredient in making this happen.

Sleep Makes You Happy
Do you ever feel a little unpleasant when you’re lacking sleep? Studies show this is no coincidence – excessive sleepiness can actually interfere with work performance and can even affect your mood. When the body is tired, personalities are more on edge, which could potentially cause negative interactions with co-workers, friends and family. Sleep truly does play a role on your health, so do yourself a favor and rest up. After all, you aren’t the only one impacted by your sleep habits. 

Healthy Rest Leads To A Healthy Heart
The biggest impact of sleep loss is the role it can play on your health., WebMD states that sleep loss can actually increase your risk for heart disease and heart attacks, and it’s not hard to see why, as the temperament and stress problems associated with a lack of sleep are notorious for adding strain to those tickers in our chests. With a full night’s rest, your body experiences natural relaxation, which takes a load of cardio stress off your body. Not to mention, this relaxation will lead to better work and relationships in the office. Win-win for everyone.

At Far West Capital, we believe in doing everything possible to unleash our potential both professionally and personally, and sleep plays a huge role in this. Whether it’s keeping our minds sharp or providing healthy interactions with co-workers, a healthy night’s rest is essential to success.

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