What is self-care and why is it so important? Managing to find that sacred self-preservation time is easier for some than others, yet when that elusive gift is captured, a layer of debilitating stress is removed. Many overwhelmed businessmen and women find that getting up 15 to 60 minutes earlier each morning allows time to meditate, pray, exercise or do focused work.

According to a posting report from CNBC, (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/05/why-some-of-the-most-successful-people-get-up-early.html), “Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his mornings at 3:45 a.m., …Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi have also been known to wake up at the crack of dawn. It’s been argued that 4 a.m. is the most productive hour of the day, due to a lack of distractions, and that it can give you the feeling of having more control over your life.” That might be a tad early for most of us, but certainly we can all manage to rise a bit earlier than we currently do to give ourselves breathing room.

The article from CNBC continues, “Others, like Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson are part of the admirable 5 a.m. club, waking up in the wee hours of the morning. Still, even if you’re waking up at the crack of dawn, getting enough sleep should be a critical component of your daily routine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get seven or more hours a night. Sufficient sleep helps people retain information, improves memory function and boosts creative thinking. Skimping on sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, clumsiness and weight gain or weight loss. It can even increase the likelihood of developing diabetes and can have negative effects on the brain and cognitive function.

In fact, many successful people prioritize getting enough shut eye. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said that he likes getting in seven hours of sleep, and media mogul Arianna Huffington often touts the importance of getting sufficient rest.

Warren Buffett, who gets up at 6:45 a.m.values his sleep too. “I have no desire to get to work at four in the morning,” Warren Buffett told NewsHour. “I get quite a bit of sleep. I like to sleep. So I will usually sleep eight hours a night.”

If you’re getting up early, make an earlier bedtime a priority. Power down your electronics at least 15 minutes before bed, avoid drinking alcohol before going to sleep and try reading to wind down.”

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