According to the consultancy McKinsey & Company, sleep-deprived brains lose the ability
to make accurate judgments—sometimes leading to consequences in the place.
Executives polled for a McKinsey survey seem to be operating on
relatively little sleep. Four out of ten (43%) said they do not get enough
sleep at least four nights a week; nearly six out of 10 said they do not sleep
enough at least three nights a week. And all those lost hours of sleep are of
little consequence, executives said, with nearly half (46%) stating that lack
of sleep has little impact on leadership performance.
Seven out of 10 business leaders in the survey said sleep
management should be taught in organizations the same way as time management
and communication skills. Programs should be part of a unified learning program
with several components, such as online assessments, in-person workshops, and a
performance-support app offering reminders, short inspirational videos or
animations, additional assessments, and opportunities to connect with online
Other highlights from the survey of 196 business leaders are:
say they were generally dissatisfied with how much sleep they get, and 55% were
dissatisfied with the quality of sleep;
half (47%) feel that their organizations expect them to be “on” too long and
too responsive to emails and phone calls;
a third (36%) say that their organizations do not allow them to make getting
enough sleep a priority; and
More than four out of five (83%) say their
organizations did not spend enough effort educating leaders about the
importance of sleep.