Years ago, the kids and I had the chance for a sit down with Dick Vermeil, coach of the Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams.
During the conversation, he detailed the behind-the-scenes of coaching at that level. One part really stuck out.
And that certainly happens.
We deep-dive into work, and the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentally rears it’s ugly head.
Yet we all know we need sleep. It’s not a secret.
But there is a secret about sleep you might not know—we just don’t need a certain number of hours of sleep.
We need Deep Sleep (aka Slow-wave sleep).
That part of our sleep where we are basically unconscious to the world.
While we’re zonked out in Deep Sleep, the brain clean itself out.
Making room for the next day’s worth of input, processing, and decision making.
One of the benefits of Deep Sleep is clarity.
Following the nights where I got 1-2+ hours of Deep Sleep were the days I was a better coach—clear-headed, intuitive, focused.
That time being unconscious each night made all the difference.