Why The Rich And Successful Get A Full Night Of Sleep

why the rich and successful get a full night of sleep

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The world’s highest earners consistently prioritize sleep

The World’s Biggest Earners Are Already Sleeping More

  • Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
    • Net worth: $195 billion
    • “Eight hours of sleep makes a big difference for me, and I try hard to make that a priority. For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited.”
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder of Bumble
    • Net worth: $1.5 billion
    • “Nothing is more nourishing to your mind, body, and soul than a good night sleep.”

Many successful people get the necessary 7-8 hours of sleep a night:

“…vacations shouldn’t have to be earned… Time off isn’t a trophy you win for burning out. The pursuit of happiness is a right, not a reward.” – Adam Grant Organizational psychologist at Wharton

The Sleep Routines Of Successful People

  • No two sleep schedules are alike
  • Greta Thunberg: 9 hours of sleep
  • Marie Kondo: 8 hours of sleep
  • Serena Williams: 7 hours of sleep
  • Michelle Obama: 6 hours of sleep
  • Warren Buffett: 8 hours of sleep
  • Tim Cook: 7 hours of sleep
  • Elon Musk: 6 hours of sleep

The economic impacts of insufficient sleep cost Americans more than $411 billion in lost productivity every year 

The True Cost Of Insufficient Sleep

  • Poor sleep leads to:
    • 13% higher mortality risk
      • On average, people sleeping six hours or less per night have a 13 percent higher mortality risk than those who sleep at least seven hours
    • A loss of 1.2 million working days per year
    • 2.28% less on the American GDP
    • 0.42 units of BMI gained per hour of sleep lost
    • Reduced ability to make wise financial decisions
    • 2x greater chance of being in a car accident
  • Lack of sleep is correlated with:
    • Impaired coordination and fitness
    • Lower quality of life
    • Poorer education
    • Depression & anxiety

People who regularly get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep are 29% more productive than those who sleep less than 5, increasing their chances of success

Scientific Ways That A Good Night’s Rest Will Make You More Successful

  1. Improve memory
    1. Regular sleep improves declarative memory (fact retrieval) and procedural memory (how to accomplish certain tasks)
  2. Enhance creativity and problem-solving skills
    1. REM sleep is one the biggest factor of nurtured creativity
  3. Reduce errors and potential accidents
    1. Sleep dramatically reduces clerical errors and mistakes
  4. Stay healthier for longer
    1. A greater amount of sleep leads to a stronger immune system
  5. Better productivity and performance
    1. Well rested persons save companies up to $1,976 per year

“Sleep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves.” – Ryan Hurd, independent researcher and founder of DreamStudies.org

How To Practice Better Sleep Hygiene

  • Definition: Optimizing habits, environments, and behaviors to maximize sleep efficiency
  • Launder your bed sheets often
    • 73% of people say they are more excited to sleep with fresh sheets
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
    • 2+ servings of alcohol a day reduces sleep quality by 39.3%
  • Increase exercise time
    • 75 – 150 minutes of exercise increases sleep and decreases daytime sleepiness
  • Limit blue light exposure
    • Blue light from phones, computers, and televisions inhibit melatonin by up to 200%
  • Do away with all-nighters
    • Adults going without sleep for 48 hours have similar impairments to a blood alcohol level of 0.1%
  • Try a weighted blanket
    • People with moderate insomnia who used the blankets for 2 weeks reported a calmer night’s sleep with fewer movements
  • Get a more comfortable mattress
    • 93% of people say that a comfortable mattress is what contributes to their best quality of sleep
  • Above all, aim for the recommended amount of sleep between 7 to w8 hours per night

Sleep is one of the single biggest life improvements you can make. Here’s to your success!