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How to Modify Your Sleep Schedule for Maximum Efficiency, by Caterina Fake

How to Modify Your Sleep Schedule for Maximum Efficiency, by Caterina Fake

Photograph by Jake Stangel for Bloomberg Businessweek

Some people get up at 5 a.m. and work for three hours before they go into the office. That’s been shown to be a constructive way of operating. I can’t—my IQ drops 30 percent to 40 percent in the early morning. But I had to adapt five years ago when my daughter was born. She’s a lark, like most children, waking up at 6 or 7 a.m.

So I worked it out like this: I go to bed really early, around 9 or 10 p.m. I wake in the middle of the night and work for two or three hours. Then I go back to bed and sleep until my daughter wakes up. So I get two or three hours of sleep late at night that are completely uninterrupted.

It’s important to sleep. There’s a lot of bravura in business about how little people sleep. I don’t subscribe to that. I’m a big believer in getting eight hours every night, if I can. I just do it in shifts.

Fake is a co-founder of Flickr and founder and CEO of Findery. As told to Devin Leonard 

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