How much sleep do you need to run a business?

Business owners are amongst a wide group of people who have become "supremely arrogant" in the time they dedicate to sleep. Leading researchers from Britain’s top universities are genuinely worried about people giving up precious time in bed to spend on their business.

People running businesses in this decade are getting up to two hours less sleep a night than they were 60 years ago. The Great British Bedtime report (yes, it exists) showed that a third of us get by on less than six hours of sleep a night and that this is not enough for us to perform at our best.

We know from our own extensive research that people are simply not setting aside the time they need to get the sleep their body requires."

Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council

Lisa Artis, a member of the prestigious Sleep Council, said “We know from our own extensive research that people are simply not setting aside the time they need to get the sleep their body requires. A good night's sleep in a comfortable, supportive bed is critical to our overall wellbeing."

The findings of the Great British Bedtime report and other sleep-focused research include…

  • Severe sleep deprivation affects the body's immune system in the same way as physical stress, so burning the candle at both ends increases the chances of coming down with coughs, colds and upset stomachs
  • If you often sleep for less than four hours a night, you are 73% more likely to be overweight than someone who sleeps well
  • Losing sleep erodes concentration and problem-solving ability. According to research, each hour of sleep lost per night is associated with a temporary loss of one IQ point
  • One study has even found that an adequate night's sleep helps make a person look more attractive. Without sleep, participants exhibited drooping eyes and wrinkled faces

There were more warnings, but they were a bit too scary for a Monday morning, so let’s just stick with these. 

How much sleep do you need to run a business?

Sadly, The Sleep Council’s mandate doesn’t seem to extend to giving us the magic number of hours sleep that will let you be healthy but still get all your tasks done. Suffice to say, it’s different for each person, but the research suggests that regularly committing to less than six hours a night can seriously impact your mental and physical health.

If you want to be at the top of your game, make sure you're sleeping well. And it's not just about the hours, make sure you’re comfortable and as stress free as possible in bed. When it comes to sleep, you need to find a way to leave your troubles at the door and switch off if you want to be ready to tackle another day as an entrepreneur.

 

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