If this blog achieves nothing else, we hope that we can
persuade busy entrepreneurs that the stereotypical 24-7 exclusive focus on
business over a long period of time is in fact bad for business.
Unhealthy mind, unhealthy body, bad decisions.
So our last blog recommended some non-business activity,
such as reading, to broaden the mind.
Yet it is equally important to take care of the body. This
means a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and, possibly most important of all,
The culture of machismo which has businessmen boasting of
how little sleep they have misses the point entirely. Well rested people are
more productive and make better decisions.
It also seems that there is a bonus in sleep that is of
particular importance to entrepreneurs. Long suspected from anecdotal evidence,
scientists at the University of California San Diego have now confirmed that our
minds solove problems while we sleep.
It is said that Isaac Singer based his
idea for the sewing machine on a dream, and originality is often at its peak
just after waking, before established thought patterns kick back in. The UCSD
study explains why: new connections are formed as we sleep without the restrictions
of our conscious control.
It seems that a sort of free market of thoughts operates in
our minds: when restrictions are removed, the best ideas come to the fore.