Bo Parfet, the co-founder and CEO of Denali Venture Philanthropy, explains that rest is important for success. Before helping found this company, his work-life balance suffered while working hard as a financial analyst on Wall Street. However, as he has moved forward in life, Bo Parfet now understands that you must take care of your body, mind, and spirit to continue to be successful.
Unfortunately, the first thing that is often reduced in a busy schedule is the time set aside for sleep. Sleep suffers by squeezing in a few more hours of work. However, this undue stress on your body and mind makes these extra hours less productive. Getting adequate sleep is important for being productive and focused.
Leaders need to make thoughtful and informed decisions to succeed. Getting a good night’s rest boosts cognition and concentration, making these decisions easier. The added benefits to health also lead to less burnout and more energy to face the challenges of the day.
Not getting enough sleep is also linked to serious health conditions. Heart attacks, strokes and diabetes are all conditions that are made worse by poor and inadequate sleep. Mental fatigue and depression also increase as the quality and length of sleep decrease.
Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle while working toward success. It is important to give our bodies and minds time to relax and repair our mental and physical health. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, sleep helps us to be the most productive we can be.