Startup founders are inclined to work tirelessly to get their companies going, forsaking sleep for the sake of growing their businesses. But Arianna Huffington, the creator of The Huffington Post, believes they're jeopardising their businesses by not getting enough sleep. Here's why.
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Unless you're one of those lucky people who only require four hours of sleep a day, you generally need around eight hours of sleep a night. Science has proven that sleep deprivation not only lowers productivity but it has an adverse effect on your health as well.
Huffington knows first-hand what sleep deprivation can do to a person after collapsing from exhaustion a few years ago. She is now a big advocate of sleep and believes startup founders who work till they drop are destroying their own businesses.
Huffington told TechCrunch:
"There is this kind of founder myth that if you are a founder you can't afford to get enough sleep. The truth is three-quarters of startups fail and if founders got mores sleep they'd have a better chance of succeeding."
If you're having trouble getting to sleep, we have some advice for you here.