Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

By: Christopher M. Barnes, Gretchen M. Spreitzer

Barnes, Christopher M. and Spreitzer, Gretchen (2015). Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource. MITSloan Management Review, Winter 2015.


In this article, we argue that sleep is a strategic resource. Organizations should both encourage and create a sleep-supportive culture and set of practices. We describe the ineffective and even dangerous conditions under which employees work while short on sleep and the variety of effects sleep deprivation has on individual and organizational performance.