“What has sleep got to do with Plus 1?” you may ask.
Well the rather surprising answer is: “Absolutely everything.”
This is one area where the traditional Plus 1 approach does not work.
For example you can’t say: “I got eight hours sleep last night so I will make do with seven/increase it to nine tonight.”
With sleep Plus 1 means always getting enough to function as best you can the next day…and for an average adult this means around eight hours a night.
Sleep is important and there is a direct link between sleep levels and performance levels. If you don’t get enough then you will not be able to get as much done the next day as you would if you were well rested.
Here is one reason why we need to sleep…during the day the brain activity we need to function produces toxins which need to be flushed out of the brain on a regular basis.
In just the same way that we need to close a program on our computer before installing a software update to it, then we need to shut down much of our brain activity to flush away these toxins and that is exactly what happens when you sleep.
So the Plus 1 for sleep is to always ensure that you get enough to function properly the next day.