The “Billionaires’ Sleep Schedule” Won’t Bring You Success

Sleep impacts every aspect of your daily life. It’s easy to joke about how you “can’t function without coffee”, but the reality is that you’re doing more harm than you think. Your entire day could be impacted by poor sleep habits.

Sleep is good for your immune system.

  • Sleeping well helps your immune system function more efficiently
  • Antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don't get enough sleep

You’re more productive when you get more sleep.

  • Better sleep leads to better leadership and team engagement
  • A brain that’s well rested is better at problem solving, decision-making, memory and creativity
  • Proper sleep saves more than 2 weeks of lost productivity per year

Entrepreneurs tend to promote the idea that the hustle and grind are above all else. However, Harvard Business Review says that entrepreneurs who sleep more are better at spotting good ideas. This is because exhaustion hampered their ability to evaluate less-obvious qualities associated with an idea.Billionaires’ sleep schedules routinely circulate over social media. The idea that someone wildly successful became that way because they only put in a certain number of hours of sleep is dangerous. At one point, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington collapsed from sleep deprivation due to 18-hour workdays. Since then, she’s become a champion of healthy sleep practices.

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