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You don't need eight hours' sleep? I don't believe you

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A boss of mine many years ago used to boast about how little sleep he needed, professing five hours was plenty and any more a waste of time and productivity.

This particular boss was a mongrel of man, an obnoxious, moody, angry tyrant. He was loathed by his staff and renowned for forgetting who he told to do what, lambasting anyone and everyone but himself when his actions caused issues.

A recent Parliamentary Report on Sleep Health Awareness argues sleep should become a national priority.Credit:iStock

Needless to say, I didn't confess that I require eight hours minimum or I turn feral and generally clock up a good nine.

Many a time, behind his back mind you, colleagues would complain about his tumultuous temper and how, perhaps, his self-lauded lack of sleep wasn't as effective and productive as he professed. As it turns out, he died very young, in his mid-forties, with three failed marriages under his belt and five kids who barely knew him.

The reason I am mentioning this now is that, some two decades later, all I seem to be hearing today is how little sleep those around me are getting.

For some, it is almost a #humblebragbrag, as they explain they stay awake to make money when foreign markets open to get an edge on their........

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