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Sleep Like a Silicon Valley CEO and Improve Your Wellbeing

It’s no secret that silicon valley is ahead of the curve on most things. The home to many of the most forward-thinking members of business, tech, and culture, they’ve consistently been proven right when looking at societal norms and shaking up the business culture. There’s a new wave that these CEOs have been riding to improve their performance, and the performance of their employees: sleep.

That’s right, the average tech CEO almost certainly gets more sleep than you do, especially if you’re under six hours. We took a deep look at how these CEOs view sleep, how much their getting, and how you can adapt their attitudes for peak performance inside the boardroom and out of it too.

Elon Musk: The Average

There might not be too many things that are average about Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and numerous other startups that are taking us into the 21st century, but there is one area where the tech titan is conspicuously average — his sleep time.

“I sleep almost exactly six hours every single night,” he said in a recent AMA on Reddit.

While that might not be enough for many, Elon fits right in with the national average. What we can take from him is his resounding consistency. Musk reports that his sleep almost always falls between the averages of 1am and 7am. This consistency allows him to reap the maximum amount of rewards for his sleep, while still minimizing his mattress time. This has to do with the production of melatonin and serotonin during those hours, which are peak energy boosters and vital to energy and concentration during the day. While it might be a stretch to only get six hours, if you have to, be like Elon — consistent and ready for bed.

Jeff Bezos: The Sleep Titan

Jeff Bezos has unequivocally built an empire. Amazon is still the fastest growing business in the US, and as of 2018 has their fingers in a number of different pies, including streaming services, delivery, and even drone production. While this can be totally taxing, there’s a reason that Bezos never seems to slow down no matter what’s on his plate: he always prioritizes a full night of sleep.

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Eight hours of sleep makes a big difference for me,” said Bezos in a recent interview. “I try hard to make that a priority. For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited.

It’s no wonder that Bezos seems so energized and ready to take on the world, he’s sleeping more than the majority of it. Take a page out of his book and sleep until you aren’t tired anymore. You’ll definitely notice the difference.

Sheryl Sandberg: Champion of the Sleepless

Not only does Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg insist that she get a full night’s rest, she also wants all her employees to get it as well. Facebook now offers flexible start times for their employees, as well as a rest/nap area inside Facebook HQ so they can catch some rest whenever they need to. It’s an important part of leadership that Sandberg sees as vital to the success of the company.

“It’s incumbent upon all of us who run companies, and all of us, to make sure that people can make ends meet and have the ability to get a good night’s sleep,” she said in a recent interview.

Don’t be afraid to take an active role in your employee’s health. Stress the importance of a good work/play balance and getting the maximum amount of hours of sleep a night. It’s not just about the hours you’re putting in on the job, it’s also about making sure that those hours are quality. That can only happen on a full night’s sleep. Don’t take our word for it, look at the success of these entrepreneurs and see for yourself.

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