Why not getting enough sleep is holding you back and how to change it

I can hazard a guess that you might not be getting enough sleep. A 2018 study revealed that the average person living in the UK sleeps between 5.78 and 6.83 hours per night which on average is 30 minutes less than the recommended amount of 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Even if you’re ok and only a little tired, not getting the sleep you need can hold you back in your waking hours.  At work, in your business, in your fitness and in other areas of your life too.  This is what could happen when you’re not getting enough sleep. But not being able to concentrate or make good decisions could be holding you back from being as successful as you want to be.   Add to that being irritable and a little moody all the time because you’re tired can jeopardise relationships and opportunities.

One way to ensure you’re not in the ‘not getting enough sleep’ camp is to adopt a sleep lifestyle.

What is a sleep lifestyle?

Sleep is like exercise and a good diet; you need to make it part of your everyday life and a habit for it to have any lasting impact.  However, sleep isn’t quite the same as exercise and good food.  The more effort you put into sleep the less sleep you’ll get.

The way to get around that is to incorporate activities into your everyday life that ensure you’ll get enough sleep without making them a direct marker for sleep.  This is so they become a habit and make a difference without really needing to think about it too much.  So they become part of your lifestyle.  It’s one way to ensure you reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep and can be on top form as much as possible.  Then you can be as successful as you want to be.

Living in a way that enables a good quantity of sleep which can lead to good quality sleep means you can live your life in the most successful way possible.  Not getting enough sleep means you’re being held back by feeling tired, sluggish and maybe too run down to see what is going on around you.

What do you need to do to create a sleep lifestyle?

  • Make the time to sleep – go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning
  • Be organised so you can ensure you’re heading to bed to get the amount of sleep you need. Between 7 to 9 hours is recommended
  • Plan your day so you have the headspace to relax and sleep when you need to
  • Live with less so you can spend less time tidying, sorting and cleaning and have more time for yourself and your success.
  • If your money isn’t working as well as you’d like it to, take a good look at it and see if there is anything you can do to change your situation such as living with less stuff so you can use less headspace worrying about money
  • Create an environment that’s clear so your mind can be clear of unneeded clutter too
  • Eating and exercising in a way that is right for you and ensures a good night’s sleep
  • Ensuring your bedroom is a good environment in which to get a good night’s sleep


All these things give you the ability to be able to concentrate on where you want to be and your success.  They’re most likely small changes which don’t require much effort at all, yet you’ll see gains in your success.

Why adopt a sleep lifestyle?

In order to be successful, you need to be able to see what is going on around you, to be able to grab opportunities. To be able to concentrate and make the right decisions and know why you’re making them.  Not to be grumpy or irritable or alienate people. To be present and ready and able to deal with whatever the day throws at you in a decent, fair and rational way.

Not getting enough sleep is the only thing that will ensure that YOU’RE UNABLE to do all of those things.  Living a sleep lifestyle is one way to ensure you get the quantity and thus the quality of sleep you need so you CAN DO all of those things.

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