Once I discovered sleep, my productivity and focus improved exponentially. My newfound love of sleep also changed a lot of bad behavior.
I never had a set time when I went to bed, and I used to just wake up whenever. Not allowing my body to get into a natural cadence left me feeling tired and miserable every morning.
Learning to love sleep made me prioritize it and become disciplined in defending the time I needed for uninterrupted sleep at a consistent time each night.
I cut out the mindless late night Netflix binging. I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoon. I stopped going out during the week.
When I was younger, I would go out with my friends and pay zero attention to the clock. I never asked myself, “Do I really need to have another or should I go home?” I had no boundaries. I got home when I got home.
Now I pay attention to the time, and when the end of the night approaches, I think to myself, “Damn, I bet that bed feels really good.” And it always does.
This is an excerpt from 40@40: Learn to Love Sleep.
In celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to write 40 blog posts to reflect on 40 of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my life. You can follow the full series here: