Do you hop out of bed ready to take on the day or do you find yourself struggling to find the toothbrush (or your car keys)?

We’re walking zombies running in a million different directions, and pleading with the universe for just a few more hours added to our days.

And for what? Would we use those hours for work? Or for sleep? 

Most would say that those extra hours would allow them to do more – yet if given the additional time, what we all need is sleep.

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend, and during that brief communication, he shared that he barely gets 4-5 hours of sleep a night. It was as if his choice to not take care of himself was a badge of honor.

And I’ll be honest, it sounded all too familiar. I’ve worn that badge too.

More and more these days the overarching theme when working with my clients or talking with friends is a serious lack of sleep and too much stress. As a society we are in denial that we need sleep, opting to watch Netflix, surf social media or obsessively check emails until late into the night – all instead of hitting the pillow at a decent hour. And those that do want more sleep, can’t. Because…stress. 

We’ve been programmed to equate success with burning the candle at both ends, and the truth is, this behavior elicits the opposite results. Things like burnout, foggy brain, and unhappiness – not to mention a slew of health issues.

Walking around in a fog, relying on caffeine to get through the day, and worrying more about our cellphone battery life than our own – has lead many of us to be dissatisfied in our careers and personal lives,

The bottom line: Lack of sleep is a killer, and right now it is an epidemic that has turned into a global issue. 

I know first hand how lethal negotiating with sleep can be. My lack of sleep and high-stress levels caused some serious health issues for me and led me to reevaluate a whole hell of a lot – including my bedtime. 

Rather than making sleep something that I fit into my schedule, it has become a non-negotiable.

Contrary to what many of us have been led to believe, overbooking and overextending ourselves is not how we get to the top. 

The good news, things are starting to shift as people like Ariana Huffington do research and push for change. 

It’s time we start changing our definition of success so that it doesn’t involve burning the candle at both ends, but instead, it requires more sleep so we can be energized, productive and healthy.

If you’d like a few tips, reach out to me, and we can talk more about my favorite ways to transition into a lifestyle that includes more sleep, less stress and as a result – greater success and fulfillment.