Carpe Noctem – seize the night. Although this could mean working hard and enjoying the pleasures of the night, I’d argue that it’s important to seize the night in another way – by getting a good night’s sleep.
Like many of you, we struggled with sleep and stress. Working overnight as a night-shift staff, taking on shifts at a second job in the mornings, midday, and evenings, and even having shifts back to back was tough. Being a father of two kids right after that didn’t help much either.
Not getting enough quality sleep wasn’t just affecting me, but also those around me. With a shorter temper, weaker short-term memory, and the constant need to do more, I never found the right balance of work and stress until my sleep came to order. It happened when I accepted the fact that I needed to treat my time asleep as sacred, non-negotiable, and as an investment for the next day and for my life in general.
Once I started sleeping better, my workouts improved. I could go on a morning jog or do a quick yoga workout without any issues. I woke up and felt refreshed without the need to eat something big to “get my energy for the day.” I remember the days I spent with my family and with coworkers, memories that I’ll cherish for years to come. Finally, I somehow just got more work done. I don’t know how, but I did.
My presentations at managers meetings got better. I had answers to questions really quickly and solved issues that came up with little to no effort. I went from a staff to supervisor role and flourished.
Make sure you seize the night, so that you can seize the day.