5 Reasons Leaders Need Sleep [Photo Gallery]

Leaders can gain significant benefits from proper sleep habits.

Leadership, like football, and some would say life in general, is a game of inches. Tom Brady changed his whole lifestyle, going against the common practices of his teammates, to gain those inches to his advantage, resulting in even winning Super Bowls by mere inches.

Al Pacino sums it up best from "Every Given Sunday": “You find out that life is just a game of inches. In either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I mean one half step too late or too early, you don’t quite make it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch 'cause we know when we add up all those inches, that’s going to make the difference between winning and losing.”

Leaders should care about sleep because they can get some of those “inches” from the benefits of it. If you’re better rested than your competitor, it may give you the ability to present better, treat your team better and retain talent, or come up with more creative ideas on a regular basis.

If recuperative sleep is good for people in general, think about the edge leaders in each of their fields who maintain quality, restorative sleep can have over the competition. The slideshow contains five easy-to-follow strategies which prove why quality sleep is so important to getting ahead.

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