Guest Post: Sleep Patterns of Top CEOs

by | Sep 30, 2016 | GUEST POSTS | 5 comments

For this guest post, one of our good friends, Eugene, explores the sleep patterns of some of the world’s most successful CEO’s. Eugene is the creator of SleepJunkie.org, a website dedicated to providing its readers with the best sleep news, industry trends, and mattress reviews.

We all know how important sleep is. A good night’s rest is essential to recharge for the next day and it has a huge impact on our health, happiness and of course, our work performance. Ever wonder how the most successful CEOs sleep? How do they manage to catch a peaceful shut eye while they stay at the top of hill where in today’s fast-paced, competitive, business world? Let’s take a look at the sleeping patterns of some of the world’s renowned CEOs and see what they have to say about the importance of sleep.

Arriana Huffington

Arriana Huffington is the Co-founder and editor in chief at Huffington Post but she is more famous as a sleep evangelist. Huffington’s blackout, due to exhaustion, in 2007, at her home office, changed her from a workaholic to one of the biggest sleep advocates. She no longer prioritizes her work over sleep, in fact, now it’s the other way round.

She now sleeps a solid 8 hours every night and wakes up in the morning without any alarms.

Bill Gates

If you are not living under a rock, you are bound to have heard about a piece of software called Windows. Bill Gates is the Founder and EX-CEO of Microsoft which makes Windows Operating System and so many other things that it will be hard to list them all down. Microsoft is one of the largest companies in the world and Bill Gates is the one who built Microsoft. These days Bill is actively involved in numerous charitable endeavors across the globe.

Throughout his life Bill has maintained a sleep pattern of going to bed around midnight and getting up around 7 am.

Tom Ford

The famous fashion designer, who was previously CEO at Gucci & Yves Saint Laurent, now runs his own label, Tom Ford International.

Ford gets by, rather thrives on 3 hours of sleep at night and credits his success to his energy more than his talent.

He even keeps post-it notes by his bed to jot any ideas that might come to his mind while sleeping.

Elon Musk

Elon is one of the greatest success stories of our generation; some people call him the real life iron man. Elon musk is currently the Founder & CEO of Tesla Motors & SpaceX, previously he had founded PayPal. Needless to say he is a successful businessman & entrepreneur. So how much does the real world iron man sleep?

Elon likes to sleep around 6-7 Hours a day and tries to hit the sack around midnight. Common with other successful CEO’s Elon tries to get an early start and wake up around 7 am.

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey is the founder of Twitter and CEO of Square. Running one company is hard, running two companies is even harder and on a busy day Dorsey only gets 6 hours for himself.

He is always on the move, conducting meetings and managing his time efficiently, so much so, that he hasn’t even reserved a desk or room in any of the two offices for himself. ‘’I don’t sleep much” says Dorsey, “but it’s enough.” He also meditates to unwind himself.

Marissa Mayer

This list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Marissa Mayer, currently the CEO of Yahoo and renowned ex Google executive. She is a workaholic, known to work as much as 130-hours a week, which explains her bizarre sleep schedule.

She reportedly sleeps only four to six hours every night, but the most surprising part is that after every 4 months, she takes a weeklong vacation to charge her and catch up on sleep.

About Eugene:

Eugene Gabriel has always been fascinated about sleep and the effects of good quality sleep, or the lack of it, on productivity and overall well being. Read his post on Connections between Sleep & Work Performance. Follow him on twitter @eugenegabrielj.