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You hear stories of success from time to time where the success story involves a person that seemingly defies the physiological odds and has an uncanny ability to go without sleep for long periods of time in order to accomplish his or her goals.

This is often described as an undying focus or relentless pursuit of excellence.

This is one of those things I’ve often beaten myself up over because I too would like to be one of those superstar over-achievers whose brain and body are wired to operate on little to no sleep. Unfortunately for me though, this isn’t the case.

There are people that don’t seem to need sleep. I worked for a boss once that said he slept about 2-4 hours per night, devoid of any manic symptoms and lived life pretty normally save for staying up all night and still being able to function.

As an athlete, I almost feel like it’s impossible.

I woke up this morning after 9 hours of sleep and I still felt a little tired but way better than I normally do. I average about 7 hours per night so the extra two hours really helped.

In Jiu-Jitsu, we put our bodies through such abuse it’s unfathomable to me to not need sleep. Maybe there are people out there that don’t need it. I for one, do.

Sleep is important. Sleep is necessary for recovery, repair, growth, mental health, et cetera. There is way too much research backing sleep, especially for athletes that there has to be something there, right?

“Sleep is for the weak”.

I don’t think these uber-successful people are athletes. I especially don’t think they are JiuJitsu practitioners or martial artists…

If I could sleep 9 hours a night, I probably would. With as much as I put my body through in JiuJitsu and other training, I could definitely use it.

My body and mind seem to function way better when I have it.

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