The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

O sleep! O gentle sleep!

Nothing seems to be more at odds with the modern world than sleep. There is always something we could be doing like watching Downton Abbey or keeping up with your favorite Cuban salsa band on Youtube. Still there is a lot of research that shows that we need more sleep than we are getting. See here and here.

Taylor Marshall recently addressed this very issue in Why You’re Needing More Sleep. Marshall points out that wanting to “make an impact (spiritually or temporally) requires vision and creativity. When you’re tired you have neither.”

True enough but how to know if we are not getting enough sleep. Marshall quoting from a recent well-received business book Rework gives four signs:

  1. Stubbornness. When you’re tired, you plow forward on whatever bad path you’re on.
  2. Lack of creativity. Creativity discovers better solutions. When you’re tired, you come up with 1/10th of the solutions.
  3. Diminished morale. Fatigue draws you away from big challenges. You just keep reading Facebook and checking email instead of doing something really important.
  4. Irritability. You’re just ticked. You don’t have patience and patience is necessary for sanctity and success in every endeavor.

If you’ve ever spent any time on Marshall’s blog you ‘ll know that he is a paragon of energy and productivity so I imagine he is providing some good advice here. Advice that I’d do well to follow. So in that vein I think I ‘m going to go sleep on it.


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