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Thoughts on Sleep for Founders

Being a startup founder can be very stressful, and It’s very common for founders to struggle with sleep. Not getting enough sleep can not only affect your productivity, but it can also be detrimental to your health. In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about how founders tend to struggle with sleep and some challenges that keeps founders up at night, how there’s a science to sleep, and how tools like Headspace, Clam, or Brain.fm can help you.

Updated on May 25

Key Smash Notes In This Episode


Founders have more things in their heads, and so much more to worry about. They are constantly worried about uncertainty, about raising money and running out of money, about their employees; their minds are always "on."

Furthermore, founders are constantly bombarded by communications from the rest of the company. It is not uncommon for many founders to go to sleep and wake up with their phones, which impacts their quality of sleep.

In fact, founders are under such high pressure, they feel guilty for sleeping too much. They almost never sleep for the full 8 hours, very likely more like 5-6 hours at most.

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