I have found the most important activity I can do to improve my overall state of mind and health is to get enough sleep.
Once upon a time, I would go to bed late and get up early every night, getting 6 hours of sleep or less. As I’ve grown older and developed habits and routines, I discovered though observation and reflection I need at least seven hours of sleep each night.
When I get seven hours of sleep I feel rested and able to logically think through my day’s priority and the tasks ahead. I can prioritize and make wise choices.
When I get less than seven hours my mind is foggy and fractured. Decisions seem less clear. I am easily distracted. I haven’t built up willpower reserves to begin to make wise choices.
I decided at the beginning of the year to always get seven hours of sleep, even if it means changing my wake-up time because a I stayed up late.