Everyone knows Michael Jordan to be the greatest basketball player of all time. His time on the court did make him the man we know him to be, but anyone who can piece profiles of the man through the years can create an image of him only known to people close to him.
He’s a restless human being. And while it leads him to outperform anyone in the court and become a spectacularly successful businessman, it also has its downsides.
Towards the end in this extensive piece from ESPN, the author revealed the only way for Michael Jordan to shut his hyper-competitive, never-settled mind: watching old Westerns. To know this fact is to know what keeps Mike up at night. The death of his father. The growth of his personal brand. The desire to play basketball again. The thought of his underperforming team.
This is where Michael Jordan is like most people. He, like those whose minds are always racing, needs to distract himself so he can get some shut-eye. And this here is an important lesson to people who need a break from a brain that never lets them rest.
It feels funny saying that people are able to achieve things because their minds won’t let them stop, but it’s not as simple as saying that this is just how they’re made to be.
People thrive in restlessness because it has enabled them to function. In simpler terms, resting has become less important to many people. It’s not as important if you have a genetic predisposition to need less rest, but the majority of humans need sleep. But like Michael Jordan, it’s as beneficial as it is harmful.
One thing you have to remember is that restlessness is an effect, not a cause. Other than a default overdrive setting in your system, a person can develop mental turbulence through different ways. One common cause is poor sleep hygiene, which stems from unwise liquid intake to less ideal sleeping environments.
Sleep apnea can be the primary cause for people aged 55 to 60. One can argue that with people sleep apnea are just people who don’t get enough sleep. But in the end, they still suffer the consequence of a lack of sleep.
There’s also restless leg syndrome that makes people jumpy when they sleep. As such, it can jolt you all of a sudden, which can happen a couple of times per night. Coughing and heartburn are enemies of a good night’s sleep, as well.