It may have started as far back as Dale Carnegie, but the self-improvement trend started for me in the mid-eighties, when I committed to merely thinking about growing rich. No need to work for it. Just imagine it, and it will happen. (That didn't happen.)
Fast forward through a career of working, really working for "it", the elusive goal of success, ever changing. Success defined and redefined. Trends and fads. 4-Hour work weeks (as if work was bad). Minutes and habits, one and seven.
The latest fad is to limit one's sleep to as few hours a night as possible. Recently I listened to entrepreneur Robert Herjavec and radio host John Tory one-up each other on how late they work, how early they rise, and how little sleep they get. Extreme time management.
Not for me this time, I'm not falling for it. Eight hours sleep as many nights as I can swing it. An afternoon nap if I can get away with it. Some shut eye on a long haul flight. A few moments of peace wherever I can find it.
"Good quality sleep keeps your appetite hormones in check, cools those inflammatory chemicals that promote heart disease and cancer, keeps your waist line trim..." Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist
Lack of sleep is tied to diabetes, depression, lapses of attention and in a 2010 study, researchers from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England found a connection between early death, and too little (or too much) sleep.
So go ahead Herjavec, count your money. I'll count my sheep, thank you very much.