Do Not Underestimate Sleeping for More Productivity

No, sleeping is not a waste of time

Ibrahim K
4 min readJan 3, 2021


Once I was watching an interview about a writer who’s known for his strategic planning training. In the interview, he mentioned that sleeping is just a natural habit which we should give it the least time.

He mocked those who “feel panic when they don’t sleep exact 8 hours”. While I agree that we shouldn’t restrict ourselves to sleep for 8 hours. But he seemed to underestimate the importance to have adequate sleep. His words were trying to convey that sleeping is useless. That we aren’t supposed to give it this much of attention.

This concept is getting popular nowadays. Even from famous personalities in the old and modern time:

Thomas Edison

“Sleep is a criminal waste of time and a heritage from our cave days.” -Thomas Edison.

Nikola Tesla

In a biography related Nikola Tesla claims that he sleeps 2 hours:

He labored feverishly in his laboratory; and he lay in bed at night for his five-hours rest, which included two hours of sleep, he formulated new experiments.

Bill Clinton

According to the New York times:

When Clinton was in college at Georgetown, a professor mentioned that great men often require less rest than ordinary people, some sleeping no more than five hours a night. Clinton adopted that pattern.

Even Donald Trump said that he sleeps 3 to 4 hours.

“I’m not a big sleeper … I like three hours, four hours, I toss, I turn, I beep-de-beep, I want to find out what’s going on.”

Some people either sleep inadequately. Or they turn their day to night.

But sleeping is more important than what we think. It maintains our body and mind to work with their full capacity. If it’s disturbed, our body won’t function well. Which causes physical and mental damage.

So why do we need to get enough sleep?

Lack of sleep decreases your focus and…