Probably Why You’re not Successful: Sleep

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I’ve been sleeping at 6 or 7 am in the morning these past few weeks. When I do sleep, it’s really disturbed and I just think about all the insignificant things in my life. Like all jobless people, one morning at 4 am, I Googled. Apparently, I could have acute insomnia. Or I could be a hypochondriac, believing innocently, every word, Google hands to me.

Anyway, I did some research. All this time, Insomnia meant the inability to sleep at all, to me. It could, however, involve difficulty remaining asleep or falling asleep, poor quality of sleep or just unrestful sleep.

The lack of sleep can not only affect productivity, but also your creativity. I’ve had a lot of work lately, and I’ve also been trying to read a little more and be productive. But I haven’t been able to do any of it to the best of my abilities. I was supposed to read “The Fountainhead” in a week, but I took a lot longer. Any problem I was given seemed hard to solve too. But there are ways to get yourself back in the sleep game.

Naps

I had my exams last week, which led to the vicious cycle of stress and sleep. Sometimes I wouldn’t even sleep and attend the exam. To help my body recover I’d come back home and sleep for almost 6 hours during the day. But naps can only help to a certain extent. Naps are supposed to be limited to 30 minutes for maximum health benefits- more than that disrupts the nighttime sleep all over again. The best time to nap is between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to match the body’s circadian circle.

Sleep Schedule

I started to stick to a sleep schedule that I set out for myself. I tried making the “Snooze” button nonexistent as well. That button can actually ruin a lot for people who are trying to be successful. I’ve read somewhere that successful people always wake up early. And the snooze button is just an obstacle in our way. When you look at it like that, you have a little more hope in getting up earlier.

Sleep Diaries

Psychologists suggest sleep diaries as well. Diaries can help one record how long they sleep, how many times they woke up in the middle of the night and the general patterns of a person’s sleep. They also help determine why insomnia or other sleep related conditions are caused, as you can even write what you ate before sleeping or how much exercise you got before sleeping.

Smoking/Caffeine

I don’t smoke, but smoking is apparently a big reason that stops people from sleeping and being productive. Smoking urges and pangs occur in the night and generally makes sleep difficult. Although most movies portray successful people in expensive suits with a cigarette in their hands, please do not imitate. Caffeine should also be limited to increase sleep at night.

I wrote this article to help others like me. Happy Sleeping! 🙂

Try apps like:

http://sleepgenius.com

http://mysleepbot.com/tour

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Foggy morning on Orcas Island

I found this on (https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/4/ ) and it felt inspirational to me. It made me think of all the romantic cliche ideas of nature being the force that actually speaks to you. Plus, the brilliant photography captured the clash of manmade objects with the foggy nature in a way that just cannot be called a “clash” anymore.

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To Habit or Not to Habit?

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According to Charles Duhigg, the author of “The Power of Habit”, people lose track of their lives because of the way the brain functions. All humans create habits that can be good for you (like eating salad for dinner) or bad (telling people you eat salad for dinner). But soon, the habits become a part of your being, and turn into a psychological pattern called “the habit loop”.

In a recent study in the European Journal of Social psychology, researchers have found out that you can change your life in 66 days! That is, if you have the control and the will power to not cry while doing so.

I started using this brilliant online app called Chains.cc, which uses the Seinfeld philosophy for breaking old habits and starting new ones. Jerry Seinfeld, a famous comedian, said that the key to success and productivity is to start a habit and to never “break the chain”. It doesn’t matter if you feel like doing it or how much of it you do- as long as you do it. Every day.

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Chains.cc works on this concept and uses pretty graphics that create something beautiful each day you stick to your habit. A block of letters soon turn into a pile of books; a flower soon blooms into different kinds of flowers- as long as you don’t “break the chain”. I love this app, although I use it on and off, but it’s the only app that has ever kept me going.

Check it out: https://chains.cc and change your life!

Jump.

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I’ve always had a passion for art. I wasn’t good at it, and I’m still trying very hard. It shows, too. I would sleep around in art classes, because I felt I would be judged. I felt conscious, especially around brilliant artists.

My best friend is an artist too, and we would sit together- me admiring her, and she- creating magic. I saw passion in her. I recognised passion in myself too, but I also had no guts whatsoever.

Yesterday, I decided that this was getting out of hand. I will draw. I do not care what people say. I went online and learnt from this amazing man on youtube: Leonardo on his channel FineArt tips.  And I drew an eye.

I hope to draw a face soon.

Mastering Lust the Gandhi way

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Mahatma Gandhi, considered to be the Father of India, lived a life of celibacy- for most of his life. He had vowed in his youth that he would be the master of his lustful urges. This happened when he had been caught in a sexual act with his wife, while his father whom he should have been nursing- passed away.

It turns out, Gandhi decided to perform an interesting experiment, in his 70s. He called it the “Bharam Acharya” Experiment. It was his way of testing his urges among women. Many women participated, especially Manu and Abha- his two “walking sticks”. He would go to bed with them naked, only to test his resolve. His resolve was strong, and they only slept.

However, the women report that they only felt like they were sleeping with their Mother. I only respect him more because of his courage in a taboo filled world.