Even presidential candidates need sleep!

Published: August 3rd, 2016

Category: News and Events

Sleep is essential for good executive functioning and for good general health. So how do candidates keep up the grueling demands of their schedules? Michael S. Jaffee, vice chair of UF’s Department of Neurology, weighs in.

The demands of being a presidential candidate take a toll on sleep. And the demands are not likely to lessen for whomever is elected.

President Obama says he schedules six hours of sleep a night but that is not always possible, and Bill Clinton reported getting five to six hours. How much sleep is needed for senior executives such as our president to have optimal function?

This is also an important question to ask as the candidates for president move into full campaign mode. Does sleep affect their functioning? And just how do they keep up their grueling schedules? Can sleep deprivation contribute to some of the mistakes and gaffes?

 

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