Bill Gates used to consider sleep a waste of time, but now he has changed his mind.
Microsoft’s father did not sleep much in his 30s and 40s, seeing this kind of rest as a waste of time and even laziness – a statement Entrepreneur Podcast. In Microsoft’s early years, Gates, who never slept at all, would compete with his colleagues to see who slept the least, as lack of sleep was seen as a kind of performance measure.
The conversation between colleagues on this topic looked like this:
“Oh, I only get six hours of sleep.”
“Well, I only eat five.”
“Well, sometimes I don’t sleep at all,” Bill Gates concluded.
However, Gates’ mindset changed when his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This is what made the businessman re-evaluate the importance of sleep and taking care of health. Today, at the age of sixty-eight, he looks at the issue from a completely different perspective. Why do we sleep? Under the influence of his book, thanks to which the billionaire philanthropist tries to sleep 7-8 hours a day.
The importance of sleep is indisputable: Harvard 2021 Stady Seniors over 65 who sleep less than five hours a night are more likely to develop dementia or die within five years.
At the same time, sleep is also very important for young people. American Academy of Sleep Medicine according to Sleeping eight to ten hours a day can boost intellectual development in teens, improve mental health and memory.