"If you don't snooze, you lose."

-Matthew Walker

"The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep" 

-E. Joseph Cossman

What could have a higher priority than enough good sleep?

Yet in our Next-dominated life, enough good sleep often battles to get even some bed crumbs.

Not only does lack of adequate sleep degrade the enjoyment and quality of our everyday lives, it also compromises our effectiveness, our immune system, our health, and our longevity.

Why, might you ask, would we rank getting enough good sleep at anything less than the highest priority?

The answer is that we have designed our life with accomplishment and getting results as the highest priority. More accomplishment is always better. "Do this. Do that. Higher standards, Be excellent. Try harder. Achieve your dream." Often we have over committed ourselves into a box and we see no way to get out of it. Check out lifestyle first; results second to begin to see a way out of this dilemma. 

But even inside of a Next-dominated life, sleep should have the highest priority. Enough good sleep is an essential part of the foundation that supports everything else that Next wants to have. 

For myself, usually into bed by 9.00pm, I get up at 4.00am. I am refreshed and get a lot done until about 12.30pm, at which time I take a one-to-two hour nap. After my nap, I'm waking up to a fresh new day. 

If you're having trouble getting to sleep at night, try an eight-minute hot bath with epsom salt to get you into the mood.

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