The Consequences of High Performance While Sleep Deprived

From Cleveland Clinic experts – PEO’s Educational Health Partner


Almost every entrepreneur understands the impact and importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet on overall performance. However, when it comes to sleep, many fail to make it a priority. This happens, in part, because the consequences of sleep deprivation are not as widely known. So what happens to your body when you don’t get sufficient sleep?

What are the effects of sleep deprivation?

If you continue to operate without enough sleep, you may see more long-term and serious health problems. Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression and lower sex drive.

In fact, what many people don’t know is that it’s possible to eat well and exercise regularly and still sabotage all of those efforts if you don’t get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

How much sleep do you need?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, you can now aim for a targeted number of sleep hours tailored to your age. Adults older than 67 should target 7-8 hours, while Adults 26-64 years of age should target 7-9 hours.

Despite a demanding work load, can you make sleep a priority?

As with many things in life, whether you prioritize sleep or not is entirely a choice that you’ll have to make, but as Michael Watkins writes in the HBR classic the First 90 Days, “Ultimately, success or failure emerges from the accumulation of daily choices that propel you in productive directions, or push you off a cliff.” So, what’s it going to be?

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