Need More Sleep

For A-Game Performance, Leaders Need More Sleep

Jen Roberts Balance, Leadership, Productivity

When was the last time you woke up feeling completely refreshed? If you can’t remember, it’s possible that you’re trading sleep for work, and it’s probably impacting your performance more than you know. Only 59% of Americans sleep seven or more hours a night, according to a recent Gallup poll. Sound like a dream to you? You might be in the 41% who don’t even get the luxury of that much rest. Getting a good night’s sleep is important, yet a good portion of the population ignores common medical advice recommending seven to nine hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep has been linked to a number of health problems and can cause cognitive impairment. In fact, studies show that performance, when sleep deprived, is similar to performance when under the influence of alcohol. So, if you put in an 80-hour workweek, you might as well be coming to work drunk the last …