For many men, sleep is at the bottom of their list of all that needs to be done in a day. Some men view sleep as wasted time. These wrong ideas about sleep keep men from tapping into the power of a well-rested mind and body.

Sleep is one of the pillars of health, along with exercise and nutrition. The more you invest in your sleep, the bigger return you will see in everything else that you do. Sleep is not wasted time. It is a time when your body is actively recharging itself and preparing for the next day. Sleeping well enables you to feel, think, and perform better. It allows you to maximize your time and your energy during the day.

Lack of awareness

Many men simply don’t realize that they need more sleep. They view sleepiness as a positive sign that they must be working hard. They get used to being tired, and they think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. They believe that they just must fight through it.

Every person has their own need for sleep. This need varies from one person to another. On average, most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well-rested. Many men do not get this much sleep on a regular basis. As a result, they are not able to function at a maximum level of energy and concentration.

The following are signs that you are not getting enough sleep:

  • You feel tired and lack energy during the day.
  • You have a hard time paying attention.
  • You are unmotivated and have trouble “getting going.”
  • You are irritable, grouchy or lose your temper easily.
  • You start to doze off when you are driving a car.

Full schedules

The list of people, places, and things that can exhaust a man’s time is endless. Family, work, friends, hobbies, and other obligations can quickly fill your day and push you to stay up later than you should. Sleep often isn’t thought of as a priority when weighed against other responsibilities.

The key is to set priorities and balance your time. Take an honest look at your schedule to see if you are doing too much. Some things are more urgent than others. Not everything has to be done today, and not everything has to be done by you. Some things that are important can still be re-arranged so that you make better use of your time. Other things may need to be scaled back so you don’t do them as often or for so long. Still, other things that are not a high priority may need to be eliminated right now. You can always come back to them if you free up more time in your schedule down the road. As you are deciding which activities are important, make sure that sleeping is one of them. Put it near the top of your list, not at the bottom.

Life changes

Life is full of changes that can have a big impact on how you sleep. Some changes you expect, but others catch you by surprise. Negative changes will tend to disturb your sleep the most. But positive changes can affect you too. Along with the excitement, good changes bring new duties and stress that can keep you up at night. Examples of these kinds of changes include the foll