Not Achieving Enough? Wake up!
Anita Sharpe on Life
I was re-reading one of the features that will be in the upcoming print version of Worthwhile about an IBM executive who has a remarkable ability to change the chemistry in a room. One of her secrets? She sleeps about five hours a night.
Likewise, I once read a story about Martha Stewart, before her legal woes, which mentioned that she only sleeps about four hours a night. On business trips, while everyone else snoozed away, she would be up before the chickens photographing gardens, sketching ideas for the magazine (and undoubtedly tapping her fingers waiting for those chickens to get busy.)
Lindsey Gerdes, one of the writers for our print magazine, has the cover story in the August issue of Fortune Small Business about the success of Lifeway Foods' CEO, Julie Smolyansky. One of Smolyansky's secrets? You guessed it -- she sleeps only four hours a night.
I did an online search to see if I could find any studies linking limited sleep to business success. That didn't yield much. But for those of a more indolent disposition, I did find plenty of sites promising that you can 'get rich while you sleep.'