Hi, I was supposed to write something else but the last few weeks the sleep deprivation hit me really hard. I was banging my head thinking of what I should write next and nothing came up.
So, first my apologies for not delivering what you expected to receive, but I’ll try to use this problem and expand on the topic.
Sleep deprivation affects all aspects of life
Take a short nap during the day, if you can
Daily habits helps
No high carbs before bed
Exercise during the day
No screens 1-2 hours prior to bed
My sleeping pattern changed a lot during the last few years. First, when I had the company, from time to time I caught myself in the middle of the night thinking if I could make the ends meet, what I could do to improve the company, if some proposals would get approved and all that stuff.
After a while, I used this simple framework whenever I had an apparently impossible problem to solve in the same day:
Rest and sleep
The next day, the impossible problem to solve was magically sorted
After selling the company, my sleep pattern became way more stable.
A new sleep pattern, the one I thought didn’t exist, came alongside the baby. He completely changed what I thought about sleep routines. “Did I sleep 4 hours straight? Really?! My dreams came true!!“
6 hours sleeping? “Hold on, something is wrong. Let me see if everything is ok! Oh no, he just woke up because I went to see him!”
In the last few weeks though the lockdown consequences made its appearance as you see in our sleep pattern
In summary, I’m sleeping on average, 5 hours/night, broken down into smaller chunks. With the end of lockdown and my little one back to his “new normal life”, we’re expecting to have this problem sorted. Well, let’s see.
Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
The sleep revolution - Arianna Huffington
Matthew Walker’s website
Want to boost your business? Let your workers sleep (2018)
GatesNotes - This book put me to sleep
Entrepreneurs who sleep more are better at spotting good ideas
Don’t want your startup to fail? Arianna Huffington tells founders to go to bed
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I've experienced the same thing with seemingly impossible problems being totally solvable the next day. Especially with programming. I'll spend 4 hours banging my head against the wall only to solve the problem in 5 minutes the next day.
"Why We Sleep" is poor quality from what I understand. https://guzey.com/books/why-we-sleep/
To be fair, I haven't independently validated this, but Alexey is a smart dude.