This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Narrator] This is an audio course. No need to watch. Just listen. Welcome to the latest edition to LinkedIn learning, Podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn, and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - I want to start with your story, it sounds pretty dramatic and interesting with regard to, you have experienced some burnout in a powerful way and also bounce back in a powerful way. How does that work? - I would have told you probably back in 2015 when I started experiencing some of the burnout, the fatigue, the self-sabotage, that stuff had been going on long before I actually got into it, but it really hit a head. It really came to a head I guess and really came to a point where I was like, man, I can't do this anymore. There was a lot of pride wrapped up in that. I'll be transparent with you. There was a lot of people are not going to outwork me. People are not going to outsleep me. I mean, sleep was a big thing that I had a lot of pride wrapped up in. My parents could operate on very little sleep, still do to this day. In 2015, I really thought my brain was turning to cabbage. That's the best way I can describe it. I just couldn't focus on anything. I couldn't look people in the eyes and have straight conversations because my brain was sending signals to my body that things are not right. And I didn't know what to do with that because I'd never experienced that before. But I went to a neurologist, one of the leading neurologist here in Dallas and he got in there with his staff and for like two hours they just typed away on computers. And he came back to me and said, we're going to run you through a bunch of tests. We're going to run you through a lot of scenarios as far as like testing out what this is because if there's something there we want to know what it is. But my friend, I think you need to get some sleep. And you know, of course I'm like I'm like, okay, doctor. I'm like, okay, I kind of want there to be something like you never wish there to be something, but it's like I want there to be something because that can't be the answer. And he comes back and says, like I said, we'll run you through the test but you need to get some sleep. And what I want you to do is I want you to track your 10 day rolling average of time in bed, from the time you go to sleep, right from time you get in bed to the time you get out of bed. I want you to track your 10 day rolling average. I said, okay, I'll track my 10 day rolling average. And on my first 10 day rolling average peak my time in bed was four hours and three minutes. And that was a 10 day rolling. - That's just time in bed. That's not even you're asleep yet. - Exactly. So that's time in bed. I reported that to him and his team. He said, look, we got to get you to five and it's still going to suck at five hours but we got to get you to five. Then we got to get you to six. And I'm proud to say that since the end of 2015 to right now, when we're recording this in 2018 and really for quite a while in 2018. Now, even since almost the beginning of the year, I've been right at seven hours of sleep per night. - I'm intrigue then because we have a unique situation. I guess sleep has come up numerous times on the show, it's one of the top things you can do to boost your performance. And so, in you we have an intriguing case study in that you or hardcore doing very little sleeping and now you're doing normal recommended amounts of sleeping. And so- - Right. - so you're experienced a huge relief release, no longer this crushing weight and pressure which is awesome. Tell me, how has your performance been enhanced or impacted by increased sleep? - Oh, it's been unbelievable just, and the way my brain works, the way my body works, the way I process things, even down to the level of forming sentences differently than what I did before. Because remember early on, I told you I thought my brain was turning to cabbage and people kind of laugh when they hear that. And I'm like, no, really. Like that's not me just fabricating an idea or a thought like, I really thought that something was super wrong. And what it showed me was it showed me the true importance of sleep.