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Thank you for this thoughtful article, Stacey. Sleep is definitely something we cannot defer or omit.
I have made lot of research on the field because other activities I have performed related to sports (tennis more specific). If you take a look you will see that 2017 Novel Price was gave to a work related circadian rhythm which is closely related to your statement. Remember: if you do not sleep you are not able to function as a human being. At least, in efficient way. I have written about that always related to tennis.
Thanks for sharing.
I definitely need more sleep!
So important! Thank you for sharing. Reminds me of putting your oxygen mask on yourself first before you can assist others!
Thanks Stacey, you're definitely right but even if theory is clear and easy to understand, I'm still getting stuck some nights with a "non-stopping working brain" which is finally exhausting.
This happens clearly less if combined with intense sporting activities - at least it works for me!
I'm trying to find 5 x 1 hour slots per week to exhaust my body and strenghts.
Swimming, and Running are activities that everybody can could at their own pace.
It's not easy to combine with family time as it another way to be away from home but then if your are more relax and happier, also your family is.
Yes, breathers are important to all projects. Even beyond good nights sleep, taking a break as you can will help you keep a clear head.
So true, you can actually see how much sleeping more than 5 hours a night makes a difference.
We all know the importance in our logical minds, but it seems like self-care is the first thing we ditch when we really need it the most. As professionals, I think we can help each other by pointing out when someone needs a break. I once colluded with a Lead Developer's wife to trick him into taking a vacation. We told T he had to come with me to pick up his boss from the airport, but then I left T there with a plane ticket to Mexico instead. It refreshed the whole team because of the shift in perspective: not only did they see how much more relaxed T was on his return, but they also realized that their self-care would be equally important to the leadership.
Write the email if you must clear your head, but don't hit Send until you've had some sleep and one more read-through.
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