The Many Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep – If you would like to be successful, then it is imperative that you get enough sleep every night. Do you believe that you are superhuman and can survive on less sleep than everybody else? Do you figure that if you stay up a little longer that you will be more productive?

Well, you may be the exception, but that is probably not the case.

The average person needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to be productive.

Failure to meet these guidelines may lead to –

– Increased weight

– Increased strew and maybe even depression

– Lack of focus and clarity

– Increased chance of accident

I, like many of you, fall into the trap of thinking that if I cut out an hour of sleep each day, I can get more done. I made that error last night and wound up setting my alarm to get up an hour early. I am not sure if that was a good decision or a bad decision, but I do know that I did not get enough sleep last night.

As a result, I am going to put in a new practice to make sure that I can get more sleep on a daily basis. This may benefit anybody who struggles with getting enough sleep.

Go to sleep at the same time every night – This is easier said than done. However, the body craves consistency and the best way to give it this consistency is to go to sleep at the same time each day. It helps if you can have a bedtime routine, which may include winding down about an hour before you want to go sleep. Get your body and mind trained that it s about to sleep and you will be more likely to fall asleep quickly.

Complete things that day – A major cause of people’s inability to sleep is worry because of things that are not done. You will not be able to get everything done every day. However, you o have control over completing a few things a day and creating plans for those things that you can complete during that day. Putting in this simple practice will allow you to go to sleep at night with a fairly clear head. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, attributed much of success to being able to get enough quality sleep each day, even when he was facing tremendous stress and pressure in building his business.

Whatever is going on, make every effort to clear your mind at night. If you are successful at doing this, you will be in a much better position to make tomorrow a more productive day.

Don’t beat yourself up – Like anything you do, getting enough sleep is more of an art than a science. If you are not completely successful at achieving your sleep goals, do not beat yourself up. Learn from your experiences and you will put yourself in a much better position to get everything that you want out of your life and your work.

In Critique of Government Free-Market Partnerships

After retirement, I had driven around the nation for 7-years in a motor coach. I often visited chambers of commerce and economic development associations. I was amazed at the amount of talk about the value of public/private partnerships where government agencies were working with the private sector to accomplish a task or some social project. In pure philosophical terms this sounds like an awfully good idea, but in practice it isn’t always as great as it seems. Let’s talk.

Often, I’ve taken a dim view of government/free-market partnerships, mostly because it un-levels the playing field, gives advantage and a monopoly to those in cahoots with the free-fall of taxpayer’s money. I loathe the concept of rent-control, minimum wage laws, and other disingenuous ways of undermining free-markets, as they don’t work and lead to unintended consequences and would rather restate the axiom; “the road to hell is always paved with the greatest intentions.”

How about retraining programs? Well, some are okay, but in many regards this is corporate welfare because the businesses are not paying for their own training, rather government is in order to get people off the government dole. A worthy cause, but why is the taxpayer supplementing a business’ or and industry’s costs? See that point?

Not long ago, I was having a conversation with a Washington DC nonprofit professional who lauded the TANF. In case you haven’t heard of this, the concept of TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families certainly makes sense, along with a strategy to assist them in getting off assistance, however the problem I have with government trying to solve problems is that it generally causes more and wastes incredible amounts of money in administration of such programs, this inefficiency is a problem for the taxpayer.

Indeed, I see these types of programs are considered successful in other nations, Scandinavian nations for instance, but the US isn’t supposed to be a socialist nation, and thus, my perception is; why have the social programs in the first place, then you don’t need to get people off of them later? Let the local communities take care of it, not the Federal Government which doesn’t do anything very well except spend money they either don’t have or isn’t there’s.

Not all government-private sector partnerships are without harmful unintended consequences to free-markets and efficiency. I guess in a way that’s the take-away here, and what I am trying to get at. If you will remember that, you should be okay. I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.