Why You Should Care More About Getting Good Sleep | Ep. #18

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Intro How’s your sleep been lately? Now, before we get into the answer of that, you may be asking yourself, “Well, what the heck does that have to do with masculinity, Josh? I thought this is a podcast that talked about me being a man?” Believe it or not sleep has a whole lot to do with you being a man. And the reason is because we’re made up of a physical body, as well as a spiritual being, as well as an emotional being. But our physical body is a huge aspect of who we are as a person. And sleep is one of the cornerstone things that you should really guard and fight for because of the ripple effect of everything that it touches when you don’t take care of it. I mean, it’s everything from memory issues, mood changes, your immunity takes a hit, you could have diabetes, it drops your sex drive, and that’s just to name a few.

00:58 Now we’re going to dive into a series in dreams, and I’m really excited to unpack what you can discover within your dream life. But that’s for another day. Today is just a quick check in on “How are you doing with your sleep?” Because a lot of times, especially in these circumstances that we find ourselves in today, if you’re not getting enough sleep, I don’t know about you, but for me, I can already find myself feeling like I have a shorter fuse or just more agitated in general. Because I’m cooped up in the house that I’m not going out as much because I can’t, I can’t have that social life or the community interaction. And so when I don’t guard my sleep, the consequence of that ripples into the relationship with my kids, the relationship with my own heart, my ability to pursue my dreams, all of these are affected by your sleep.

01:48 So I challenge you this week, do at least one or two proactive things that you haven’t been doing. That is intentional, and for the sake of improving your sleep. That could be everything from choosing to plug in your phone, outside your bedroom, or set an alarm to go to bed earlier, or don’t watch TV so that your brain isn’t going a hundred miles an hour, or take a hot bath before you go to bed one night, whatever it may be. Something tangible, something practical that disrupts your automation, your flow, that you might find yourself in the evening. Because it ripples into so many other aspects of who we are as a man. Guard your sleep because that guards your masculinity, and it guards your relationships, and it gives your brain a chance to heal itself, and open up the ability for you to be the best version of yourself. As cheesy as that may sound, it’s true.

02:41 I don’t know anyone who functions for an extended period of time on lack of sleep and is really proud of how they act in life. So don’t be that person that says “I’m tough enough to just push through.” You know, when I was in the Marines, I used to always say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead, let’s keep going.” Having that kind of a mindset cost you big time. Instead, be just as strong or stubborn or determined to guard your sleep. Because what you’re going to find is that next day, and then the compound effect of the following days, it’s going to open up so many other things that you can access and improve upon. And the springboard was you actually working on your sleep.

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