Understand how serious a lack of sleep can be.
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American culture as a whole sees sleep as a thing you might have to sacrifice for success—as long as you accomplish your goal, all of the sleep you missed was worth it. That’s why people like the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and Pepsico CEO, Indra Nooyi, boast only getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night. Elon Musk only sleeps and average of 6 hours a night.
Considering that, along with food and water, sleep is one of the main things humans need to live, you’re probably wondering how all successful people skimp on sleep to accomplish their dreams. Well, other successful people such as Tim Cook, Arianna Huffington, Jeff Bezos, and Jack Dorsey report that their sleep falls between the recommended amount of 7-9 hours.
Fast Company, a business media magazine, wondered whether some of the leading CEOs get enough sleep every night, or if they skip the snoozing to clock more hours of work. They asked 15 CEOs about their sleep habits, and the results might surprise you.
The answers each CEO gave generally fell into three categories: they either got enough hours every night, the sleep they can’t get during the week they make up through napping or sleeping in on weekends, or they just didn’t get enough sleep period. Overall, 9 out of 15 CEOs they interviewed get enough sleep, 3 out of 15 make up sleep debt on weekends or with naps, and 3 out of the 15 don’t get enough sleep.
Here are the CEOs that prioritize their sleep schedule and a summary of what they had to say:
These CEOs have a bit of a complicated relationship with sleep:
These CEOs fall in the classic work-over-everything category:
There is a reason that 75% of the CEOs in this article either get enough sleep or aim to get enough sleep—it is a key player when it comes to productivity. It heightens your focus and concentration, improves your memory, boosts your energy, and allows you to make better decisions.
It is fine if you spend more hours a day working than you do sleeping, but sleep is still majorly important. Like most of these successful people, aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night and elevate your productivity.
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