Sleep as the Competative Edge

The majority of us need around 7-9 hours of restorative sleep with a smaller percent of us needing less to feel fully rested. That's the foregone conclusion of the overwhelming research on sleep.

But here's how I frame it. We often don't get enough zzz's to function anywhere close to the top of our game. And that doesn't matter, because what do we tell ourselves? That to be competitive, to be more successful, all we need to do is sleep one hour less to gain one more hour of productivity in the day.

But whose the beneficiary? Only a very small fraction of the population can get away with less sleep, and the stars probably don't line up that your one of them. Sleep deprivation. A performance killer If you want advice on sleep? Look to what the sleep experts have to say. And better yet? Someone who knows a thing or two about a competition. Harvard sleep expert and professional sports team go-to-advisor on sleep, Dr. Charles Czeisler, weighs in, "Like a drunk, a person who is sleep deprived has no idea how functionally sleep-deprived, he or she truly is," he was quoted as saying. "Most of us have forgotten what it feels like to be awake."

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