I'm at risk of sounding old I know, but then I am 50, and age brings wisdom right! Actually it does. I'm from the era when presenteeism was a thing, you had to be in the office longest, you had to be hustling, and grinding dawn to dusk. Evidence shows (and I think you intuitively know) that less is more. You are more productive when you sleep well, and when you balance time grafting, and time thinking, and resting.
As a Start-up Founder, or early stage employee, yes it's tempting to put in 70 hour weeks, and sometime it feels like you need to (and very occasionally it is) but hold back, for the sake of your health, your personal relationships, and for the sake of your business. Work less, work better, work smart, sleep well (and drink a lot of water!)
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So, yes, more (and better) sleep is generally much better for your career, and the earlier you start improving your sleep habits, the more you can expect to accomplish. For all the heroic showing-off underpinning claims — and bragging — about how little we sleep, even if you are using that awake time for something productive, chances are your performance and career will take a hit in the long run — not to mention your personal life. One of the best ways to ensure a productive day at the office is to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep.