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Survey on sleeping habits of German executives

Significantly reduced sleeping times seem to be a basic requirement for professional success in the German executive floors. A recent survey found that the bosses sleep an average of just over six hours a night, many even well under five.

The executives of our country sleep far less than the average of the population, according to a recent survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy. On behalf of the business magazine "Capital", the institute asked 519 executives from business, politics and administration about their sleeping habits.

Top politicians sleep the least
The survey by the Institute for Demoscopy comes to the conclusion that German managers only get an average of six hours and ten minutes of sleep a night. According to the current survey, top politicians sleep particularly little each night. Just under a third (31 percent) of them have only five or fewer hours of sleep a night, reports the Institute for Demoscopy. In business, 18 percent of managers only get a maximum of 5 hours of sleep. According to the executives interviewed, such reduced sleeping times are apparently nothing unusual, but a basic requirement for getting into a management position at all. More than half (57 percent) of the respondents stated that normal sleepers had no chance of a corresponding managerial position. However, the managers also sleep 40 minutes less per night than they say they would need to start the next day well-rested, reports the Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach.

Health risks from lack of sleep
Lack of sleep is not only bad for professional negotiations, as every second respondent (57 percent) knew from their own experience in the current study, but it also threatens to cause serious health problems. For example, Francesco Cappuccio and colleagues from the University of Warwick in the UK published a study earlier this year in the European Heart Journal that less than six hours of sleep a night increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease . In addition, there is a 15 percent increased risk of stroke, the experts at Warwick University reported in the corresponding article. However, according to the results of the current survey by the Institute for Demoscopy, most executives do not seem to be aware of the health risks that they accept with their significantly reduced sleep times. (fp)

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