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Get to Sleep

For some business owners, sleep is a privilege. Can your business wait 'til morning?

This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Has your bedroom become just an extended version of your office, where you do all the work you couldn't fit in during the day? If you're like many entrepreneurs, you've relegated sleep to the bottom of your priority list, preferring instead to burn the midnight oil on your way to success.

History is full of people like you. Inventor Thomas Edison reportedly slept just three to four hours a night (though he took daytime naps); uber-entrepreneur Martha Stewart gets by on four or five hours; and Jeff Taylor, founder and CEO of online career center Monster.com, sleeps anywhere from two to seven hours a night ("Anything less than two hours and I don't bother," he says).

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