Need more sleep? These CEOs work more and sleep less than you do

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While studies have shown that lack of sleep is detrimental to performance at work, some of the world's most successful leaders are willing to sacrifice their health for the sake of their jobs.

Success is not the only common trait among these CEOs and leaders. According to Business Insider, sleep deprivation seems to be the other trait they all possess.

According to various studies, lack of sleep leads to loss of focus, lower productivity and higher stress. Not getting enough sleep also promotes forgetfulness, depression, weight gain, aging and other health problems including higher risk of death from all causes.

For these CEOs however, lack of sleep seems to be a way of life, allowing them to gain speed above the rest of the competition to emerge as some of the world's most outstanding leaders and chiefs.

Here are 18 leaders and CEOs who have trained themselves to devote less hours to sleep for the sake of achieving success.

18 successful CEOs and leaders who sleep less than you do

  • Twitter founder and Square CEO
    He reportedly spends 10 hours in each office and wakes up at 530am for a job every day.
    Minus travelling time, this leaves Dorsey with 1-3 hours of sleep a day.
  • Fiat CEO
    Although unhealthy, Marchionne reportedly sleeps just 4 hours every night and relies on coffee to keep him awake for the rest of the day.
  • Yahoo CEO
    When she was an employee at Google, it was reported that Mayer needed just 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night. She worked up to 130 hours a week, leaving her with just 5 hours for other activities including sleep.
  • PepsiCo CEO
    The female leader is said to only need 4 hours of sleep a night.
  • Arubra Networks CEO
    While he sleeps an average of only 4 hours a night, Orr is believed to have slept even less when he worked at HP previously. There, he worked 18 hours in office on some days and continued to work even after he got home.
  • Former PepsiCo CEO
    He only sleeps 5 or 6 hours a night and does not need an alarm to wake up for his daily run.
  • Tom Ford International President and CEO
    According to Dolce Vita Magazine, Ford only sleeps 3 hours a night.
  • AOL Chief
    Although he would like more sleep, the busy CEO only gets less than 6 hours of sleep a night.
    He used to start working from the moment he was awake but has since restrained himself to only start working in the car.
  • Co-founder of Southwest Airlines
    Before retirement, Kelleher reportedly slept only 4 hours a night.
  • Founder of Martha Stewart Omnimedia
    The domestic queen gets less than 4 hours of sleep every night.
  • Former General of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan
    The leader needs just one meal a day and 4 hours of sleep a night.
  • President of the USA
    As president of the most powerful country in the world, Obama has very little time to sleep.
    The most he gets to sleep every night is 6 hours, and some times less than that.
  • TV host
    Reportedly sleeps just 5 hours a night.
  • Former president of the USA
    Before he had heart surgery, Bill Clinton was said to have slept less than 5 hours a night.
  • Taiwan president
    Ma never fails to take his morning jog even though he sleeps just 5 hours a night.
  • Trump Organisation chairman
    The fiery chief is proud of his workaholic ways, sleeping just 3-4 hours a night.
  • Former British Prime Minister
    Slept just 4 hours a night while she was in office
  • Inventor
    Slept just 3-4 hours every night