Cristina, my co-founder at The CEO Library, always praised sleeping. Well, not always, but in the last few years. She used to be a night owl that despised sleep, so it is a relatively recent change in her life, as well.
While I agreed with her on the surface (I mean, yeah, it’s true, more sleep is better, right?), I never actually felt it. I never slept a lot to begin with and I can wake up at any hour, after almost any time sleeping and I can function quite well after several minutes. I don’t need a “wake up”/morning ritual to start the day, I just go to the bathroom, wash myself and that’s it.
Recently, though, I started to feel that even when I sleep enough in terms of hours, if it’s not during the “correct” hours, it’s not good.
When I sleep from around 11pm-12am I always wake up around 7 and I’m really productive. When I sleep the same amount of hours (or even more), but I go to sleep at around 1-2am, the next day is a lot worse. It’s not that I don’t put in the work, but I have problems focusing on the task at hand, it takes longer to start tasks and, worse, I feel sleepy all day.
So, starting next week, I will go to sleep in the coveted 11pm-12am interval. And it’s next week because I’m traveling this one, on a short seaside vacation here, in Portugal, and not because of the “I’m starting on Monday” syndrome. Or maybe it’s the same, who knows.
In case you want to find out more about sleep as a productivity tool, you should read Why We Sleep.