Like many other ambitious entrepreneurs out there, I reached a point where I was sacrificing my health for more hustle. Specifically: I thought I was a member of the special club of people who could disregard sleep.
Getting through the workday on little sleep is a point of pride for some. But skimping on shuteye could be shortening your life and making you a less than stellar employee, according to Matthew Walker, founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sticking to a regular, healthy sleep cycle is tough at the best of times, but for shift workers it’s down-right impossible. Working changeable hours, day and night, forces individuals to sleep against the clock, consequently increasing their risk of chronic health conditions (including heart disease and cancer), poor mental health and early death.
You’ve heard the stories. Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning. Both Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have alarms that go off before 6 a.m. Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Thatcher, and Ernest Hemingway never slept through a sunrise. Maybe that’s all true.
A few years ago, White & Case, the international law firm, was renovating its Washington DC office when some of its younger associates made a request for an amenity to be added to a proposed “wellness room” – sleep pods.
Are you looking for a secret to better organizational skills, improved communication and decision-making skills, and a way to be more popular with coworkers? If you are falling short on being better at business, it’s time to hit the sack. Studies show that 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
Executive Summary The early stages of any relationship are often the most important; the relationship between a manager and an employee is no exception. Research now reveals that sleep habits are a significant factor in developing dynamics between newly assigned leaders and their followers.
In Claire Blackthorn’s previous job working with homeless young people in Southampton, the residential support worker was required to be on site for 24 hours, which would involve a full shift, followed by a period of sleep, followed by another full shift.
For some of the biggest names in politics, sleeping as few hours as possible seems to be de rigueur. Donald Trump gets by on four to five hours, while Theresa May claims she sleeps for about five or six hours a night. “There’s a lot of work to do,” she said on BBC Four’s Desert Island Discs.
Let’s face it: As much as you might look forward to it, your weekend habit of sleeping in until noon isn’t doing you any favors. You can blame social jet lag. It works just like the jet lag you get from crossing multiple time zones, only it happens when our body clocks get thrown off by the gap between our weekend and weekday sleep schedules.