This article really resonates with me. I used to work 100 hour weeks in the PE & VC world while also trying to build my own startup.
Getting 4 hours a sleep a night felt like a bragging right. Like I was on the path to achieving something great. When I looked back at the work I was creating relative to the time I spent, I was wasting a lot of time. Long hours don’t translate into high quality work.
Eventually my body cracked and I’ve spent the last three years recovering from crazy health issues while dealing with 98 doctors. Today I get annoyed if I don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep. It’s vital to health, creativity and happiness.
Sleep deprivation not only deprives your body of sleep, it deprives your life of the essentials that make it worth living.