I learned the hard way about what sleep does for you. I remember I was working a job at a marketing agency and I was told that my clients were “under performing”. By nature, I am a very conscientious and through employee so, this news came to me as a bit of a shock. But, what it did to me internally (and by extension my family) was another story altogether.
I became so pre-occupied with work that I short circuited my sleep cycle. I was so overwrought with worry that my work ethic had gone into hyperdrive simultaneously trying to “correct” the situation, keep managers and account personnel up to date, re-doing reports multiple times, bi-weekly follow-up meetings and filling out numerous internal forms. I wound up working 80+ hours a week to try and cure the perceived deficiency. This had me working 8 hours during the day at the office and additional 8+ hours while at home. I would come home, eat dinner then, work until 12 midnight. Sleep for a few hours, do a little more work before going to work. I was becoming frazzled. Emotionally drained and stressed. The negative results were many. First, my wife said she had “never seen me this way before.” Second, I missed time with my daughter. Third, I was near manic… sometimes even in tears over the situation. I wanted to correct things badly, and wanted to keep the job worse. It seemed I was fighting against some insurmountable odds. I was tired, stressed and under a huge pile of work. And in the middle of it all, I totaled my pickup truck.
I was lucky. No one was hurt. Only the vehicles. This frenzied cycle repeated for 60 days, of work – dinner – work – sleep – work – work. And at the end of 60 days, I lost my job anyway. It was found I had made “inadequate progress”, too many errors in my reports and not compliant with internal documents. When I was called into my boss’s office, it was a weird sense of relief to be done with that pressure cooker of a workplace. What is important is that I realized I must sleep regularly because healthy sleep is a lifestyle choice and that sleep affects everything in our lives. In addition despite what happened at that job, I can and do bring success to clients. And most important, that I must have time for my family,for sleep and even the occasional nap).
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