I don’t throw around the word “hate” very often but I can honestly say that if there’s one thing I hate in life, and I mean really truly hate, it’s when I don’t get enough sleep. I’m pretty sure that the moment I entered the real world and started working and paying for myself, I recognized just how important sleep was in my life. Going out on weekends just didn’t cut it as much. Drinking and partying certainly didn’t have the appeal that it once did. And to top it off, staying out late and drinking are about the worst things you can possibly do when it comes to getting the appropriate amount of sleep.
I would say that in my mid to late 20s I really started taking sleep seriously. I spent countless hours researching the subject and finding an obscene amount of similarities to not only lack of sleep but sleep consistency in my life. Whenever I wasn’t getting enough sleep there was always, without exception, a correlation to my emotional and physical health. The less actual sleep and less consistent sleep in my life always meant that something was wrong or not as good as it could be (whether it was physical or emotional).
So I made it a point to not only make sure I was getting my 7-8 hours a night each night, but I tried my best to make sure I was going to bed and waking up at the same time every single day, even on weekends. It’s not the easiest thing to do but if you can pull it off, it’s the optimal situation. Whenever I’m getting enough sleep I’m more alert, I focus better, I feel physically better, and the list goes on and on.
I’ve even implemented taking naps each day which further enhances the benefits. Look, I don’t need to write an entire article about how important sleep is. I would encourage you to do your own research and at least pay attention to the sleep in your life. But because of how important sleep is in my life, if there’s one item I would never, ever skimp on, it’s a bed.
Why you should never skimp on a bed
Am I saying that you need to spend $10,000 on a bed? No. Certainly not. But I am saying this: you are on a bed for a third, yes 33% of your entire life. Just think about that for a second. It’s really quite crazy when you actually ponder this. So if you know that this amount of time is spent on a bed wouldn’t you then assume you should be buying the best bed possible? I mean technically we’re talking about a mattress but you get my point.
In my experience you can find a great mattress for between $1500-$2500. Anything lower than that and you are truly running the risk of having a less quality product and affecting your sleep. Like I said you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to sleep comfortably but never, ever skimp on purchasing the bed you sleep on.
Remember your core values when making purchases
You’ve heard me mention core values before. They are the “pillars” of your life. For example, physical health is a core value of mine. Mental health is a core value of mine. Making sure my family’s well being is attended to is a core value of mine. Being able to pay my bills is a core value of mine. Etc etc. Core values are the top categories in life from which you can extract all the sub categories to help achieve the best possible situation for each core value.
So in the case of buying a bed the equation is simple. Two of the core values in my life are physical and mental health. Since I believe fully that sleep is a critical component to my physical and mental health then it’s my responsibility to make sure that I do everything in my power to make sure that I get the best sleep possible. If I do this then I’m ensuring that my core values are at an optimal state (p.s. there’s also exercise, nutrition, etc etc). In order to get the best sleep possible, having a good bed is without question a key component. Which means I know that I have to get the best bed possible.
Try applying this logic in all areas of your life and you’ll be in great shape.