Here Is How Sleep Deprivation Almost Drove Me Mad

African richest man, Aliko Dangote once said in an interview, that one of the reasons for his success was because he spent less time sleeping (just three hours of some shut-eye) and more time working. 

In his own words; 

I believe in hard work and one of my business success secrets is hard work. It’s hard to see a youth that will go to bed by 2am and wake up by 5am. I don’t rest until I achieve something

Well, there it is, I believe so many Africans are ready to neglect nights of sleep with the belief that money does not sleep, but as your favorite health blogger, I am going to tell you that doing this might just leave you broke in the long run. 

Here is why you should simply do the opposite of what Dangote does to achieve even more because doing just that cost me a lot.  

The Long Run Justifies the Means

I was once and still is a workaholic, I barely slept and believed that the time I spent sleeping and goofing around, I could use it to enhance my productivity (classic "money doesn't sleep, guy").

Guess what? It worked, I was working twice as fast and progressing even faster. Sadly, I forgot that there are side effects to everything and mine was deadly. 

Turns out that all I was gaining from losing sleep was short-term productivity and my productivity levels were beginning to drop faster than they went up. 

I had mood swings, I found it hard to focus, I got easily frustrated (and I'm the patient guy). Sleep deprivation made it harder for me to access higher-level brain functions for days to come. Imagine a college student who does not know what x + x is anymore. 

I had a set of constant headaches and my eyes ached. I knew I was going too far. Turned out depriving myself of sleep was affecting worse than it had benefitted me.

LinkedIn influencer and President of Talent Smart Travis Bradberry completely agrees with this and in his own words. 

The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that peole who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep. 

For some people the negative effects take time to show, it keeps accumulating for years and years to come and as they get older, they begin to feel the effects of old age even before their friends do. Then you hear a story about a friend getting stroke, cardiac arrest or even dying of unknown circumstances and all you can say is that he is was still a young man. 

I decided to do what's best before I run mad, and to be sincere it took more than determination. It took a lot of discipline for me to get back in shape physically and mentally.

Get enough sleep, as you require your brain do a lot of mental work that is required for business growth and success and there is no way to make yourself more intelligent than to get some shut-eye.

So there you have it.

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor

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