For many years, I subscribed to a very flawed definition of success, buying into our collective delusion that burnout is the necessary price we must pay. Then, in 2007, I had a painful wake-up call: I fainted from sleep deprivation and exhaustion, hit my head on my desk and broke my cheekbone.
From the beginning of time, people have struggled with sleep. As a result, we’ve accumulated a staggering body of wisdom about it — techniques and tips passed down from generation to generation. And we could fill a decent-size library (or a really spacious thumb drive) with all the sleep advice that’s been amassed in just the last decade in the wake of all the new scientific research. There is no silver sleeping bullet that’s going to do the trick for everybody.
Seventy percent of U.S. employees-and 96 percent of senior leaders-say they feel burned out. The numbers are similar the world over. And we actually know how to stop it-by changing the way we work and live. But ending the global epidemic of burnout and creating a thriving workplace culture is about more than raising awareness of the connection between well-being and productivity.