What I learned from my Toddler about Sleeping #PrioritizeSleep

I have a 1.5 year old (and a 3 month old). If any of you have had a young child you probably immediately know how to spot the signs that they are tired: crankiness, poor balance (constant tripping) and a general lack of ability to function.

In a child it is easy to immediately spot the signs and send them to bed.

But what about in an adult? How does lack of sleep impact us?

This week we flew overseas and had a 6 hour time zone change. Nobody slept well and I was exhausted.

My signs of sleep deprivation were less obvious than my toddlers, but they were definitely there.

  • Lower productivity
  • Snappiness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of focus
  • Inability to concentrate (wait, did I say that already? I’m so tired today!)

The reality is that lack of sleep impacts adults too. Poor sleep in adults has been linked to:

  • Accidents
  • Health problems
  • Lower IQs
  • Low sex drive
  • Depression
  • Bad skin
  • Bad memory
  • Weight gain
  • DEATH (I kid you not)

It isn’t obvious, but the effects are there.

When adults are tired it isn’t obvious, but the effects are there. As an entrepreneur with a demanding schedule and 2 young kids I can’t afford to be off my game for very long.

It is time to prioritize sleep

If I cancelled a team meeting because I needed to sleep, my team would probably think I was uncommitted, crazy or just lazy. The reality is that by getting sleep I can function better all day. Investing in 2 hours of extra sleep can mean the difference between a productive and unproductive day.

Sleep is one of the best investments I can make for myself.

After a remarkably unproductive few days this week I’ve decided it is time to prioritize sleep.


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Krista Neher is the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, a bestselling author, international speaker and a respected authority on social media and internet marketing. Neher has written 3 books on social media marketing including a leading textbook (which was one of the first on social media). She is also the creator of one of the first social media marketing accredited certification programs, and has worked with leading clients like P&G, GE, Google, General Mills, Remax and many, many more.