Stories abound of business leaders who don't sleep much. Martha Stewart has claimed to sleep about four hours a night, as has Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP). Her predecessor, Steve Reinemund, has gotten up around 5 a.m. to run 4 miles most mornings of his life after going to bed around 11. "I sleep normally between five, six hours," he said in an interview. "I've never gotten more." But it seems to be enough: "Most of the time I don't wake up with an alarm."
Is not needing much sleep a secret to success -- giving people a chance to work long hours and still have a life?
也许吧。Eos Sleep（前身即Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center）的创始人、睡眠专家戴维•沃尔皮称，成人通常每晚需要6-8小时的睡眠时间。这意味着有些人，像雷孟夫【现为维克森林大学（Wake Forest University）商学院院长】，只睡6小时确实也可以。“如果你一晚上睡6小时，醒来时感觉休息好了，整天也不累，那就没问题，”他说。“睡眠不足的话，身体自然会告诉你。”
Well, maybe. According to David Volpi, a sleep specialist and founder of Eos Sleep (formerly the Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center), adults generally need six to eight hours a night. That means that some people, like Reinemund (now dean at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business), can do fine on just six hours. "If you get six hours a night and feel well-rested when you wake up and don't get tired throughout the day, that kind of tells you," he says. "Your body will tell you if you don't get enough sleep."
好消息是什么？好消息就是，就算你真的需要8小时睡眠，很多虽然每天睡眠的时间达到了美国人的均水平【美国劳动统计局（Bureau of Labor Statistics）的美国人时间利用调查显示，美国人平均每天睡8.67个小时】，但他们同样找到了成功之道。
The good news? If you do need eight hours, plenty of people have found ways to be successful and still sleep almost as much as the average American (who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey, is clocking 8.67 hours of sleep on an average day).
Mana Ionescu runs Lightspan Digital, a Chicago-based digital marketing company. As an entrepreneur, she thought she should sleep less and work more. "Somehow people find it heroic to not sleep and brag about it too," she says. But then "I got behind the wheel after a night without sleep and got into a fender bender."
The accident wasn't major, "but I wasted many hours of my life as a result." She's practiced good sleep hygiene ever since, going to bed at 11 and waking up at 7. "Everything has changed," she says. "I am able to work more, decisions are easier to make, business is easier to close. I've been running half marathons and solved problems that before seemed almost impossible to solve." In other words, she's making better use of her hours, even if she's awake for fewer of them.
Jane Glazer, who owns QCI Direct, a multi-title catalog firm with 100 employees, is usually in bed by 10:30 pm and up around 6:30 am. While there's always the temptation to answer one more email before bed, "you can't function and lead a company being sleep deprived," she says. "In the early years of my business, I did try to get by with less, but I quickly learned I would burn out by mid-afternoon."
2012-03-28 10:54 编辑：tinna_mm