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Sleep as the Key to Happiness and Peak Performance

Sleep as the Key to Happiness and Peak Performance

One of the great side benefits of writing regularly about a subject is that you suddenly become a magnet for other people interested in that topic. I’ve found that to be especially true when it comes to writing about sleep. I suppose that’s because it’s one of the rare things all people have in common: there is no one on the planet who doesn’t sleep.

Over the first three weeks of our sleep challenge, I’ve heard from literally hundreds of people, writing (or stopping me on the street) to tell me about their experiences with sleep — or the lack thereof.

I heard, for example, from an old and dear friend, Tony Schwartz, President and CEO of The Energy Project, whose new book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs that Energize Great Performance (coming out in May), has a whole chapter on the importance of sleep.

Tony, a business performance guru who has been described as “a National Treasure,” and “the champion of a new source of renewable energy — ourselves!”, sent me a preview copy of his book. I haven’t had time to read it all, but I read the Introduction and the sleep chapter and loved them. They convincingly make the case that, as Schwartz puts it, “the way we are working (and the way the world works) isn’t working, for most people or most organizations.” And he singles out the role sleep plays in making people happier, healthier, and more productive.

“No single behavior,” writes Schwartz, “more fundamentally influences our effectiveness in waking life than sleep… sleep may well be more critical to our well being than diet, exercise and even heredity.”

Sleep is so vital to success in everything we do, Schwartz titles his chapter about it “Sleep or Die.” In it, he cites the role lack of sleep played in numerous high-profile disasters — including the Three Mile Island meltdown, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle — and points out that “Amnesty International lists prolonged sleep deprivation as a form of torture, and it has widely been used as an interrogation tactic.”

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