No sleep? Then you’re under-performing – fact.

At CEO level, you’re paid for what you think, not what you do. If you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep you’re not thinking smart.  Almost every professional knows the negative effects of sleep deprivation intimately.  In a 2016 survey, 80% of British adults reported that they suffered from lack of sleep, with 74% running on under seven hours of sleep a night and 12% functioning on less than five.

As one of the three physiological foundations of building a resilient life, getting enough sleep, along with eating properly and exercising daily, is crucial. As someone in a position of authority within your business, you need to be functioning properly so you can make sound decisions that will affect the future of your business and your personal life.

If you don’t enough sleep, your brain can’t function properly.  The amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotions, can increase in activity by up to 60%.  This activity overdrive caused participants in a sleep deprivation study to become increasingly stressed, angry, and react more emotionally to negative stimuli.

It’s also harder to remember new information, a crucial skill in the workplace, as the hippocampus – the part of the brain where memory is stored – is markedly less active after one disturbed night’s sleep. The British neuroscientist Adrian Owen also found that there is less activity in the frontal and parietal lobes, negatively affecting decision-making, problem-solving and memory skills.

 Sleep deprivation – the enemy of the CEO

CEO’s need to be able to assimilate vast qualities of information and make sound logical business decisions based on these findings, rather than emotional knee-jerk reactions to complex problems.

As sleep deprivation negatively affects all of these cognitive skills, you simply won’t be able to perform properly and make decisions that best benefit your business if you haven’t had enough sleep.

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