After a full life to date (and no one can say Donald J Trump has been sitting around), more than a year of virtually non-stop campaigning, and now the transition to the US Presidency and, a tendency to sleep no more than 4-6 hours a night (and that be liberal by most accounts); our President is tired. This should not be a question. How could he not be?
This should not be a question. How could he not be?
This is not just true of just Trump. It would be true of any President coming off of 1-2 years of campaigning, making a transition to power and then governing. More on this below.
“But he’s indefatigable, and works tirelessly,” you think; just look at how much energy he has! A drug-addicted burnout stimulated on cocaine has lots of so-called “energy” as well. Stimulants have a way of doing that but at great cost to the body and one’s brain function in the process.
To quote an associate who will go nameless, who is a Ph.D. and very skilled, at one time in her life she said…
“I knew I was tired, but what I didn’t realize then was that I was a lot more than just tired; my body was exhausted and breaking down around me. My thoughts were racing all the time so it took a lot of effort to focus them on doing my work. Restorative sleep was a distant memory. Taking time away was out of the question. I began withdrawing from personal relationships; I was just too tired. Any suggestion that I take care of myself or take the time to relax just felt like one more thing I did not have the energy to do. My focus narrowed to what I felt I had to get done. The consequences of my not getting absolutely everything done right seemed enormous – when only one of my responsibilities carried serious consequences if I withdrew from my responsibilities.”
The fact is, there is no one who is indefatigable, or who works tirelessly, even those like Donald Trump who boast about sleeping for only 4 + hours a day. Foor even for those hours, he is forced to sleep. Sleep is a not only a necessity, it will be forced upon you if you don’t respect it, and in extreme cases, if you push it too far, you won’t be waking up.
Just think for yourself for a moment when you have your worse impulse control around what you say, how you eat, over all your behaviors.
Is it ever after a good night sleep, a 3-day weekend or a vacation? Rarely. It’s when you’re tired.
Talk to enlightened masters and they will tell you when their tired is the toughest time period for holding the position of no mind, or direct awakening because the organism’s brain will force sleep and a protective position.
“Trump’s worst impulse control is when he’s tired or overstretched,” tweeted New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman, who has been covering the newly inaugurated President for over a year.
Haberman’s observations about a sleep-deprived Trump are backed up by science, as well: a person who spends 17–19 hours awake performs tasks as if they’re tipsy, with the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of 0.05, according to an article by the McKinsey group in 2016 outlining the link between effective leadership and sleep.
A person who wakes up at 6 a.m. and goes to sleep at 2 a.m. has the performance equivalent of someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.1%, which, as the piece notes, is over the threshold for being legally drunk in the U.S.
Bill Clinton’s who fumbled the last two years of his Presidency, came right out and said… “I thought most of the major errors I made in my life, both political and personal, were made when I was too tired. “ I’m sure there are many other President’s with this underlying narrative and this is no different for Donald J. Trump.
There is a reason why Obama could not maintain the level of communications he maintained with the public during his first campaign, into his first years in the White House. It’s because he was tired and he needed to govern.
Not a post on the science, this is a post on common sense and some thought leadership. So, we would like you to consider this common human experience.
You are feeling good. Well, rested and you are on a role. You’re in the zone, flowing beautifully. Accomplishing tasks like they were dominoes. You’re feeling great about yourself, powerful and more confident than ever. You even brag a bit to friends or colleagues who are intrigued about your poise and productivity, about how well you’re taking care of yourself.
Then, after not too much time has gone by, you feel it. The fatigue starts building. Not to be outdone by a mere feeling affecting your stream of ease, you push it. You don’t slow down for that yellow light or the many yellow lights that follow. In just-in-time fashion, you put the pedal to the metal and keep going.
Why? Because you think you must, especially now that you’ve just established some fresh reputation with those around you.
When it starts getting hard to deal with, stopping is not an option, because you’d have to face your true condition which is bat-shit crazy tired. It doesn’t look like on the outside, but you feel it on the inside. The only remedy is to push with extreme work ethic.
That is the drug, that is the stimulant that keeps you feeling ok, never really allowing your body catch up with your ambition. It burns our bodies out and breaks them down. You know that, but you attempt to cover it up. How long? Who knows.
This is what Donald Trump is doing and he’s in the throes of it while running the United States and influencing the free world. What the consequences of this will be we don’t know, but a lot of very smart people have it on their mind as we witness a man with seemingly thin-skinned impulses, and erratic emotions occupy our nation’s top executive office.
This is troublesome, and it would be regardless of political biases or stance. It also models the addiction to performance that is so prevalent in our society.
As the founder of Performance Lifestyle, Inc., as an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, I know a thing or two about burnout and what this experience is like spiritually, mentally and emotionally and physically. It’s in part due to the relentless demand for our time and energy, with the breakdown of natural boundaries, access to so much information and opportunity, technology, and the dramatic increase in complexity and response-ability that is now required from us on just so many fronts.
Now if you’re the President of the United States and you don’t have a handle on your lifestyle, that stress can multiply; even if you have 400,000 working for you in your administration, have billions in the bank and cabinet.
Suffering the consequences of that ever-potential situation in our present-day lives, was the primary reason why Performance Lifestyle was created. It’s why we borrowed a page from the world of elite athletics, arguably the best-performing people in the world and we’ve built this integral approach to living on the best lifestyle practices, including the best science you must know if you’re going to avoid living tired all the time and exhausted.
The conclusion was and still is, the cost of exhaustion is simply too high; on you, the people around you, your family, your business and the highest office in the land. We hope that Trump finds his stride and does not intend to attempt four, let alone the potential of eight years at this pace, especially at his age. The costs to him and the US could be big.