No- I Dont Sleep

My Noggin *updated November 2008*: I am asked about twice or three times a day about my sleep patterns. This comes up because I produce a lot of content, all the time, and because I’m quite active on sites like Twitter. The truth is, though, I don’t sleep as much as most people. And so, I’ve written this post to talk just a little about this.

I don’t sleep much. One reason is that I’m a dad of two smallish kids. These things – children – seem to have nuclear generators aboard them, and they require about as much sleep as truck drivers. So, that’s one reason.

The other reason is that my head is always racing. I lie in bed thinking about the future, about communications, and about how I can help people do more with their businesses. It’s a horrible thing. I wish I thought about world hunger or super powers or beautiful parks in the wilderness. I think about this stuff that I talk about all the time.

Another reason why it seems that I don’t sleep is that you use your time differently than me. You watch a little TV, and/or you have other pursuits. You do this or that or whatever, and it’s not the same as what i do. I make stuff, all the time.

So no, to answer your question, I don’t sleep.

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  • gliss

    I don't get as much sleep as I'd like to. I think we need sleep to be healthy people and that long-term shortage of sleep is not good for us.

    Chris, I very much admire what you do and I think your book Trust Agents is the best one out there in this general topic but… you have the signs of a workaholic. Just wait. One day, you will pay a price. I hope it's not too serious (such as a heart attack or serious diabetes, or…) because lack of sleep does other whacky things that over time can be very damaging.

    Your work clearly consumes you and it's why you do so well and have the success you have. I'm not knocking your motives or your incredible talents and the hard work you do.

    I mean my comments with all care and not as a pointing finger but you “appear” to be addicted to your work and any addiction is still addiction.

    Take care of yourself. You're still young.

  • philsimonsystems

    It's easier to forgo sleep if you like what you do and are good at it. You qualify on both levels, Chris. I read Trust Agents recently and reviewed it favorably on my site. Keep on keeping on.

  • philsimonsystems

    It's easier to forgo sleep if you like what you do and are good at it. You qualify on both levels, Chris. I read Trust Agents recently and reviewed it favorably on my site. Keep on keeping on.

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    im an 11 year old kid and i dont sleep at night WHATS WRONG WITH ME?!~?!?! help mee…

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  • valerian42

    We all need sleep, and there will be a day when you'll have to start recovering all the lost hours of sleep because you're body won't be able to deal with it anymore.

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  • Alice

    I’m 14 years old and I have trouble sleeping. I think it mighht be because I’m busy with school projects, writing books, poems, and reading. Although, many of my teachers don’t think that that is the case. Any advice?

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