“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”

—Leo J. Burke

Don’t Pull An All-Nighter

Those four words are pretty much explanatory and good common sense as well. We understand how tempting it may be to, “just this once” stay up extremely late or even not go to bed at all, in order to finish off that one project as your deadline looms. If you have ever found yourself in that position, or think you may find yourself in that position, three words, friend: Don’t. Do. It.

First of all, your body is designed to sleep on a regular basis. This is when you are supposed to heal, restore, rest, and gain energy, health, and perspective. If you miss sleep, you are robbing your present — because your productivity is going to be shot as the night wears on, and be worse than shot by the next day — and your future, too, because sooner or later that accumulated sleep deficit is going to have to be addressed. Not only will your productivity take an immediate dive and your general mental and emotional state be less even-keeled, but your body’s ability to ward things off — your immune system — will be more vulnerable. You can end up going further backwards than forwards; you will pay, your family and friends will pay, your clients will pay and ultimately your business will feel the negative effects. It’s just not worth it, no matter how you look at it!

Secondly, this is just a bad space to be in — if you are at a point where you are working 24 hours a day, something is wrong and unbalanced in your life and it’s time to take a good hard look at what that may be. Are you taking on too much? Not making effective use of your time? Leaving too much until the last minute? Failing to delegate those things you are not strong at? Working with substandard tools or a disorganized workspace? Whatever is causing you to get to this point where you can’t even get to bed, analyze and isolate it and then figure out a solution.

People who are trying to work 24 hours a day in order to look good usually end up looking bad. People who burn out trying to impress others are never fooling anyone. Except themselves. You deserve to get a decent night’s sleep just like every other person in this world. So don’t fall into this trap — none of us are robots, everyone needs sleep. Even you.

Dealing with teething babies or sick kids through the night can be tiring enough but on top of that add an evening up late working. That’s a recipe for disaster.