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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 a 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 I 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-40s, 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 #humblebrag, as they explain they stay awake to make money when foreign markets open to get an edge on their........

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