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Less sleep, learn more.

iggy_code profile image Ignatius Sani ・4 min read

How to learn more and sleepless.
Wait, I know you're about to yell at this post, I love sleep Iggy, it's healthy to sleep more, you'd say. You'd be right, but what you spent your time on after that sleep matters a lot. The truth is you'd never achieve anything great by spending more time on sleep.
In a conversation with a friend while we were having some good times, then this question came up, how often do you study and he paused for a while after that he said he at least spent 10 - 12 hours daily as a junior developer who was only just coming up but know as senior he spends less 6 hours daily on the study.
I'm trying to get out of this conversation with my friend. As someone who's just starting out with a career, you must make it mandatory to give more of your time investment on your career, note- this won't be for long, just consistency will keep you going after this sacrifice.
I understand you could be just someone who's looking forward to changing their careers and it's pretty tedious to manage this together, at least you still work and part of your time is still given to your current company.
By the end of this post, I will be giving some awesome tips on how to manage your sleep in this situation.
What is the significance of spending more of your time on learning than on sleep?

  1. Productivity
  2. Successful goal.
  3. Execution of goals in a short time.
  4. Practice more, make it perfect.
  5. Nourishing your goal.

Now let's have a look at those points and give a breakdown.
Productivity:- one of the fastest ways to be productive is to spend more of your time on the right things. It's good to take a break from work and have some little fun, but don't overdo it.
Successful goal:- having a successful goal is not just sleeping in your bed with so many dreams without actions, to be successful in your goals, you've got to be prepared and ready to do what others find so difficult to do..learn to sacrifice.
Execution of goals in a short time:- when you give most of your time to building your career, you'll improve day by day and push you closer to your goals, by doing this, you have a set of goals for everyday, this everyday task will push you to your goals faster than you'd imagine.
Practice more makes perfect:- when you take tutorials don't just focus on finishing up, but on getting the most out of it.
Nourishing your goal:- by nourishing your goals, it means, you're doing everything to see you grow, and not being trapped in a rabbit hole.
Let your commitment to your goal be the first on your priority list.
Wow! If you made it this far, congratulations because you've unlocked the first move to learning more and sleeping less.
Bonus: for those who need to manage their sleep while changing their careers. This is quite tedious, as it could lead to burnout, you don't ever want that right? Well, I guess you said yes. If that is yes for you. Then grab some coffee and rest your back cos, I'm about to open your eyes to something you'd probably ignored.
To manage your sleep, you need to first scrutinize the hours you spend daily on your night sleep, I know this might sound weird, well, this works really well, after that, try to reduce some minutes from the time say you sleep 7hours daily, a good start will be taking like 30min off that time. continue this until you are able to spend at 2 hours daily, be consistent about this and you will see results in no time.
In this conclusion,
If you are interested in web development(but also other software development areas), you can check all the online courses at the ZTM Academy. There are so many resources from where you can get your information those days, but you don’t have infinite time. Those courses have massively helped my career move forward, so I can recommend them to you with no hesitation. Andrei Neagoie is an amazing instructor and I can’t be thankful enough for what he’s done for me.
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I really hope this article will inspire your career. Hope you enjoyed it! And if you did, sharing or clapping it will definitely boost the chances to inspire even more careers!.

Discussion (13)

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Allan Jacquet-Cretides

Thanks for your contribution.

It would have been easier to read with some formatting :-)

By the way, you could be interested in research related to sleep and its impact in the learning process.

It appears that even if we could feel like we are loosing time sleeping, instead it's helping and is mandatory for the learning to be effective ^_^

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Ignatius Sani Author

thanks for your feedback. I hope to improve better as this is my first post here. I'm glad to hear from you.

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Salvador Hernandez

Nice read, but updating the formatting would make it easier.

I disagree with the not sleeping part to learn more. We value productivity and goals so much that we choose to sleep less, and when we sleep less, our cognitive abilities decline, and when our cognitive abilities decline we can't learn, and when we can't learn we get stuck.

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Absolutely. Tired people make mistakes, and undoing mistakes is far more costly than not making them in the first place. This capitalistic idea of work over everything else as a way of climbing your way up the career ladder is a very useful tool for employers to exploit their workforces.

As John Lennon (supposedly) said:

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

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Ignatius Sani Author

Thanks so much, for the feedback Salvador.

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Julien Maury

less sleep, bad learn

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Ignatius Sani Author

Thanks for your feedback.

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Mathias Remshardt

If you want some details about sleep (and why this may be a bad idea) this book may be an interesting and entertaining read...

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Ignatius Sani Author

Thanks I will have a look.

valeriavg profile image

I've written the exact opposite article today.
I've gone down that path and it's not as bright as you imagine it.

TL;DR: Pick up as many challenges as you want, but make your health a priority

hanco profile image

I spent my time for nothing after work these days.
So I thought that "Let's start! I'm gonna trying anything today for my career.'
and I saw your post. It was a good starting point for me.
Thank you :)

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Ignatius Sani Author

I'm glad you found it helpful..
Feel free to let me know how I can be of help also.. happy coding.

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William Barnes

So your recommendation is the opposite of every medical professional on the planet?

You eat your loss of sleep in morning productivity and it's unhealthy. Every body has an ideal amount of sleep their body needs, could be 8, 6, 7.5 but recommended less sleep to everyone starting out in an already overworked and under appreciated group of people is how you increase depression, burnout, and suicide, not learning.

Consistency and a good night sleep is 10x more important than whatever this is.

Consistency is the key.