|Print List Price:||$8.99|
Save $8.00 (89%)
Sleep Well, Lead Well Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top Customer Reviews
I will retire in a few years. When I was young, I landed a job that sparked a skyrocketing career. Then I developed chronic insomnia. Despite medical care, my insomnia lasted for about five years. I was always tired, I became whiny - oh, you really don't want to know all of that. But it was bad. I was driving my husband crazy, my social life went down the tubes, and my career stalled. My insomnia made my life miserable, and it made life difficult for the people around me. One day I decided I had to get my life back. I hit the library hard to learn about sleep, and I used that information. Bit by bit, my insomnia cleared up! It was the greatest blessing in my life.
Everyone noticed the difference. Some said it was miraculous. I was rested, energetic and confident. But the damage was done at work. My career wasn't going anywhere. Then, from the blue, I received an offer. For the same pay, I would supervise a program. I had no knowledge of the program, and didn't know any of the people in it. The program was a mess and I would have to rely on my employees to show me the ropes. I'd have to be crazy to take that offer, but I did. The one last thing holding me back from a completely happy, successful life was my job. So I took the offer and entered a new career field.
I had to take supervisory training, but I wanted more. I started volunteering for various charity projects. I became the first chairperson of our culture council. I joined a leadership club at work and was elected to the board of directors. Meanwhile, our program (it was always "our" program, never "my" program) turned around. The first thing I discovered was I had a marvelous staff. In just a few months, we made major improvements. During the first two years, our program went from the doghouse to the gold standard for our field, and it still is. Also, I've been promoted!
Never have I seen a book about sleep and leadership. I just had to read this to find out for myself if the information was any good. Let me tell you, I was gob smacked reading it! The information far exceeded my expectations.
The first part of the book addresses sleep. Based on my research and experience, I can tell you, the author is spot on. Even if you get sufficient, good quality sleep, you need to understand how it works, what can go wrong if you don't get good sleep, and how to mitigate the effects of sleep debt. Quality sleep is vital for physical and mental health and longevity, as well as productivity. The information in this book is true, and the advice works.
The second part of the book is a program that intertwines sleep with leadership principles. I know a lot of leaders who don't get the sleep they need. Their names are Grumpy, Dopey, and let's not forget Sleepy! I also know some leaders who value and get their sleep so they can function well. They are the great leaders. Still, sleep and leadership are seldom discussed in the same conversation. In the book, the author offers classic leadership principles that really do work, and applies the aspects of sleep and sleep debt. This unique spin really got my brain working. It's one thing to learn leadership principles. Implementing them is not always easy. But I learned a lot about considering not only my own energy cycles and circadian rhythm. Now I know I can observe my colleagues' rhythms and know when to approach them or call a meeting and net the best possible results. I know, too, when to back off from them, and when I need to attend to myself for continuous excellence.
Also included are sound methods for sustaining your excellence when sleep deprivation is unavoidable. If you travel, do shift work, or have a small child, you know it's impossible to avoid disruption of your sleep schedule. The author offers a number of tricks and tips, like exercise and appropriate use of caffeine you can use to remain alert. He speaks of emotional intelligence; knowing your own emotions and practicing empathy, and information intelligence: combing through the explosion of bits of information so you can distill the important and useful stuff.
What's more, the author has a hearty sense of humor. I can't tell you what he says that is so funny because that would spoil it, but I can tell you I cracked up. There are some great zingers here.
Don't forget, you're a leader if you're a CEO, a middle manager, foreman, teacher, or parent. Virtually everyone assumes a leadership role from time to time. So, I recommend this book to everyone. It's useful and unique.
In the book Dr. Patel gives us the vital message of the essential importance of our obtaining sufficient sleep. He points out how prevalent lack of sleep is in corporate America, the USA and the world as a whole. We are informed of the potential dire consequences of sleep deprivation, including fatal traffic and other accidents, greatly impaired decision-making abilities, and diminished emotional and informational intelligence.
Our brain requires between seven and eight hours of quality sleep every night, varying from person to person. According to the author, REM sleep, especially, is important for optimal creativity. REM = Rapid Eye Movement, and REM sleep is the sleep during which we dream. Since the author does mention dream recall, I would think he might have pointed out that taking a good Vitamin B-complex pill, including B6, greatly aids dream recall. I take a high dose of B-vitamins and recall my dreams every night.
We are provided with (to me) new information about the effects of sleep deprivation on the prefrontal cortex, which according to Dr. Patel is the part of the brain governing executive function. The prefrontal cortex of a sleep-deprived person functions like one that is damaged, i.e. activity in this part of the brain is significantly reduced. In general, sleep loss results in memory impairment, reduced vigilance, slower responses, diminished problem-solving abilities and communication skills. etc etc.
Information is also given about the "amygdala", which is a primitive reptilian structure in the brain. Fright activates our amygdala, while our prefrontal cortex generally calms it down when we do not need to act on our fears. However, in the case of sleep deprivation the amygdala goes into overactive mode, thus releasing a large amount of adrenaline, which "sets (us) in fight-or-flight mode, as opposed to collaborate-and-create mode". An overactive amygdala amplifies negative emotions, and when this is found in a business leader, these negative emotions can quickly spread across the organization. Well-rested leaders with a well-regulated amygdala and a hyper-vigilant executive centre will "recruit neurons with positive emotions".
We learn the importance of getting rid of, instead of accumulating, "sleep debt" and the extreme value of napping, after 2 p.m. and not for longer than 20 minutes. Dr. Patel gives us the recipe for a PREM (Patel's Relaxed Eye Muscles) nap, which he claims is particularly effective (and I'm not doubting him). This recipe is: 1) read a couple of lines from the Bible or other religious book (in order to produce positive dreams) and set the alarm on your Smart Phone for 15 mins. 2) Take 5-10 slow, deep breaths. 3) Carry out progressive muscle relaxation, beginning with the muscles of your eyeballs.
He rightly stresses the importance of exercise for a good night's sleep, and the value of a spiritual outlook on life. I thoroughly agree with him.
I appreciate Dr. Patel's basic message, in fact basis philosophy of life, and it is absolutely correct, of course, that we should all strive to obtain optimal sleep when at all possible. And we are also given detailed, useful information about how to cope during periods when we are unable to obtain this, for example, in the case of a corporate leader travelling abroad, having to prepare for and participate in business meetings, conferences and the like.
I don't concur, however, in his recommendation to take an occasional, mild, non-addictive sleeping pill, or rather I've never heard of any sleeping pill, which necessarily is manufactured by the, in my view malevolent, pharmaceutical industry, that is non-addictive in the long run. The object of the pharmaceutical industry is to make money, and the more people they can get addicted to their harmful pills, the better.
In this edition the author mentions the possibility of using Melatonin as a sleep aid when returning home and realigning to your home time zone.
Dr. Patel presents the "AEImax model of consistent excellence", where A = alertness, E = emotional intelligence and I = informational intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to manage our own and others' emotions and ability to form social connections, whereas informational intelligence is "the ability to receive --- apply, and reproduce information in an easy-to-understand manner". Both these forms of intelligence should be at a high level in order for a leader to achieve excellence, and it is the object of the model the author presents to assist leaders to achieve this. In particular, we are helped to achieve "rectangular awareness", which is defined as maximal alertness that can last 16 hours a day, even when coping with lack of sleep.
In short, the book is an excellent, meticulously well-expressed guide to improved leadership in that we are given detailed instructions as to how to improve our "sleep hygiene" and eradicate "sleep debt". I would recommend this book to all leaders,