Sleep, what is that?

I have said to myself, I really need to focus on updating this site more.  So this is my first attempt and doing just that.  Going forward, my goal is every Monday and every Friday.

Let me start this post with this sentence:  I sleep an average of 4 hours a night and love it.

I wear many hats, entrepreneur, father, husband, consultant and many others.   When I first tell people what I do, the conversation usually goes like this:

them: how do you have the time?
me: I do not sleep.  Atleast not in the traditional manner.
them: oh, I need my sleep, if I do not have 8 hours, I can’t function
me: I can’t remember the last time I had 8 hours of sleep
them: doesn’t that affect you?
me: no, not really.

Now the deeper reasoning.   I have never been one to sleep.  Even when I was a kid/teenager, I always popped up out of bed.  I honestly hate sleeping.  In my opinion there is only one reason to goto bed and its not to sleep.  Let me say it again, I absolutely hate, going to sleep.  If I could take a pill that would allow me to be up for 5 days, I would line up to get it.  Running my own business is something I love, being a father and husband is something I love as well.  My hobbies and personal joys take a backseat to both of them and in my opinion, its what being a father is.

I usually goto bed at 1-2 and am up around 6.  I do use an alarm just to ensure I do not oversleep but I really do not think I need it.  Its more of a crutch than anything.  The issue I have is when I actually do lay down, my mind lights up and does not shut off.  I usually need to write my thoughts down (I have a neat pen that lights up where you hold it to see in the dark) on things to do in the morning.  I feel if I didn’t have to sleep, I could just do these tasks instead of putting them off till morning.

Everyone has their own abilities, I am sure there are people out there that go 1-2 days before sleeping and that is their normal.  My wife requires a full 8 hours or gets irritable.  I am grateful that my body requires 4-5 to function, if it required the full 8, I would not be able to accomplish everything I set out to do.

You only live once (yes, I just YOLO’d you) and I do not want to spend it sleeping.

Thanks for reading, the next blog post will be back on the entrepreneurial path.