Thomas Edison and the Cult of Sleep Deprivation

May 19, 2014

As the definition of modern success inflates, one way Lesmes and other high-achievers accomplish the impossible is by cutting back on sleep.

For some, sleep loss is a badge of honor, a sign that they don’t require the eight-hour biological reset that the rest of us softies do. Others feel that keeping up with peers requires sacrifice at the personal level—and at least in the short-term, sleep is an invisible sacrifice.

I used to be an accidental member of the Cult of Sleep Deprivation, but no longer. Articles like this bring attention to the oft forgotten necessity of a good night’s sleep. (We now know that you’re pre-diabetic for a couple of days after one bad night’s sleep—among other things.) I try to get 9+ hours a night. If we’re trying to live forever, sleep has to be a priority.