CNN Business: Tired CEOs are moody and distracted: Why business leaders need more sleep
Originally found at CNN Business by Scott Bellows
Many company leaders would tell you they don’t get enough sleep. But most managers or CEOs wouldn’t admit they’re coming into work a little drunk, distracted, less creative and more likely to be abusive to their teams. Yet those are the effects that regularly getting less than 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night can have.
An oft-cited study found that a person who is awake for 19 or 20 hours (i.e., someone who sleeps 4 to 5 hours a night) performs tasks like someone who is legally drunk. Another study found if you sleep 6 hours a night for 10 days, you will be as impaired in performance by day 11 as someone who pulled an all-nighter.
Sleep researcher Christopher Barnes, who teaches management at University of Washington's Foster School of Business, has done studies that found sleep-deprived managers exhibit less emotional self-control. That makes them more likely to behave abusively toward subordinates, which in turn can reduce workplace engagement.
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