The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
386: How to Sleep and Rest up as a Founder
Feb 8, 2019
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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the importance of sleep and rest.

As a founder, a good night's sleep is incredibly important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, the work and our environment can interfere with our natural sleep patterns and this can affect a founders performance.

In this episode, Steli and Hiten share their thoughts on the importance of sleep and rest, their pre-sleep routines, why drinking water before going to bed is a good idea and much more.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:00 About the topic of today’s episode

00:35 Why this topic was chosen.

03:01 How many hours of sleep Hiten gets on average.

04:40 Why you should do what works for your body.

04:54 How many hours of sleep Steli gets on average.

06:00 Hiten’s habits when it comes to going to sleep.

07:07 Hiten’s best pre-sleep routine.

07:38 Some things Hiten does before he goes to bed.

08:00 Why drinking water before going to bed is a good idea.

08:45 Steli’s pre-sleep routine.

3 Key Points:

Depending on the day, I get anywhere between 5 to 7 hours of sleep.
I have a thing where most of the apps on my phone shut down at 11 pm.
In my ideal world, I’d rather not use the phone before I go to bed.



Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.



Hiten Shah: And this Hiten Shah and today on The Startup Chat, we're going to talk about sleep and rest.



Steli Efti: Yeah.



Hiten Shah: Where I'm at, it's 6:17 am. I actually have to drive somewhere and I'm doing this from my car, but don't worry, I'm not driving, otherwise you'd head my driving, for sure. Because I woke up at 5:20 and so I've already been up for an hour, and I drove to where my next meeting's going to be, that way Steli and I can do our podcast here. So here I am in Palo Alto parked, looking at some weird clock on some building, wondering why it's 6:18 am. So, sleep and rest. What have you got?



Steli Efti: Sleep and rest. Well, what I got is I had a glorious moment last night where it's 7:40 pm. I was debating if I should go to the gym or if I should do more work or what I should do. And then I blinked and I looked at the time and it was like 30 minutes later, and I was like, "What have I been doing the last 30 minutes?" It's just like, wasting life in front of my laptop, just clicking gon things, being undecided and indecisive. And then I decided something that I rarely do at that early time. I don't know why, but it was just like ... You know what, you're tired. Just go to fucking sleep. Just see if you can do it right now. And you know, I went and brushed my teeth, jumped into bed, no laptop, no phone or nothing. And I was like, let's see if I can actually go to sleep this early. And boom! I am proud to announce I was able to do that. It's a big accomplishment. So I slept 12 hours: eight to eight. For me, I'm in New York right now, so it's 9:18, so it's 9 am. So I slept for 12 full hours. I don't remember when the last time I did this. But it was glorious and it was the inspiration for saying, you know what, there is a lot that has been talked about when it comes to sleep, right? How many hours should you sleep per night, what kind of sleep do you need. Sleep habits with the modern way that we live where we bring our laptops or our tablets or our phones with us to bed and use them and how that affects sleep. And all that stuff. You know, sleep really impacts and influences rest, which is another interesting concept. Like, how should you think about resting as a founder, as an entrepreneur? I thought that would be really cool for us to just kind of go after this topic and see if there's some best practices, lessons learned,

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