Most people only get to use around 16 of those hours to get things done. If you subtract things like getting dressed, eating and transport, then it’s even less.
Oh yeah, and subtract the 8 hours that you have to work 5 days a week and you’re left with very little time for yourself, especially if you have a partner or a partner and kids to take care of.
Sleep is pretty cool. Personally I love sleeping. If I could then I would sleep 10 hours a day or more.
But why do we need to sleep? Biologically we need to sleep in order to stay alive and function properly but even the best scientists in the world can’t tell you exactly why you need to sleep.
Some people suggest that your muscles need to rest, others say that you mind needs to convert short-term memory into long-term memory and there are all sorts of theories and speculation what happens to body and mind when you sleep.
The bottom line is that you need to sleep or you become exhausted and eventually die. But how long do you need to sleep to be able to function at full speed?
The amount of sleep that you need in order to function 100% (i.e. not be tired, have a lot of energy and will to just be alive and do things) depends on a number of factors like:
If you have a lot of stress in your life, even long periods of sleep will not allow your body and mind to rest properly. The less stress you have, the less you need to sleep in order to feel fully rested
The foods you eat play a huge role in your energy levels and health. If you eat an almost raw-food diet, then you will have much more energy and will need far less time asleep every day to function fantastically.
You can train your body and mind to adjust to certain habits. If you are used to sleeping 8 hours a day, every single day, then you will feel tired if you get less than that. If you train yourself to sleep less, then you can function just as well, but you need to be used to it.
My good friend Steven Aitchison has created a program called How To Become An Advanced Early Riser.
In this program, Steven explains how he never had enough time, how he was slacking in his work and arriving late, and how this was severely affecting his life to the point where he was about to get fired.
There and then, he decided to change his habits and train himself to get up earlier. Over time, he was able to train his body and mind to do with 1 hour less sleep, and then 2 hours and then even less sleep without feeling tired or losing creativity or energy to get things done.
In fact, he felt more energetic and more excited about life. Imagine having 2 extra hours every single day to use as you please?
You could work on your fitness, meditate, build up a passive income online, become a great writer, learn to play piano or whatever else interests you.
1 extra hour a day is 7 hours a week. 2 extra hours a day is 14 hours a week.
(Yeah I know that is basic math, but think about how many extra hours that gives you every week!)
I didn’t write this post just to get you to buy Steven’s program, I just wanted to make you aware of the possibility that you can make more time for yourself without sacrificing any current activities, and even without feeling tired or grumpy from lack of sleep.
That being said, Steven’s Advanced Early Riser Programme is very in-depth and easy to read and apply. If you have $25 to spare, I recommend buying it (Buy Now).