CEOs, they鈥檙e just like us! Or at least, we can relate to the ones struggling to find a nighttime routine that actually works for their busy schedules. We鈥檝e all read studies that show just how crucial sleep is to a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes it can be tough to find a work-life balance you can actually stick to while staying super productive. No one wants to be caught napping at work, so we wanted a gut check to make sure we weren鈥檛 the only ones riding the struggle bus after those late nights. So we reached out to 20 CEOs to see what time they鈥檙e actually able to shut it down to get some shut-eye.


1. Jamie Hodari, CEO and co-founder of Industrious: 鈥淚 go to bed at 1am, but my phone goes to 鈥榙o not disturb鈥 mode starting at midnight. Until recently, I went to bed at 2am, but I鈥檝e moved my schedule back an hour. It turns out sleep is rather important.鈥

2. Gabrey Means, co-founder of Grow Marketing: 鈥淚鈥檓 an early bird, so I prefer to get in bed by 9pm every night, allowing me time to read before I turn out the lights. I love my routine of shutting down the day with a good book, even if my eyes can鈥檛 stay open for more than 10 pages. And computers and the smartphone stay downstairs, not in the bedroom. Truthfully, I would be in bed with toes up at 8pm if I could.鈥

3. Cassie Hughes, co-founder of Grow Marketing: 鈥淚 try to get in bed as early as I can, but typically it鈥檚 around 10pm. I try not to look at my laptop after 8pm and keep it tucked away near the front door.鈥

4. Kebby Holden, founder of Couer Sports: 鈥淚鈥檓 a firm believer in the 鈥榚arly to bed, early to rise鈥 mantra. I鈥檓 typically down for the night by 9:30 or 10pm.鈥

5. Marcia Maizel-Clarke, CEO of Dogeared Jewelry: 鈥淚 used to stay up very late, but this year I鈥檓 working on getting more sleep 鈥 so right around 10-11pm. I would give myself a solid B for making this happen.鈥

6. Haim Dabah, co-founder and CEO of Kidbox: 鈥淚 typically get to bed around midnight and I like to shut off electronics, including my smartphone, at least an hour before I head to bed, around 11pm.鈥

7. Kerrie Hileman, owner and CEO of The White Magnolia Bridal Collection Boutiques: 鈥淚 go to bed at 10pm, but I power down from my workday around 5:30, when I reunite with my son.鈥

8. Ursula Hessenflow, co-founder and CEO of myLAB Box: 鈥淚 usually go to bed between 11:30pm and 12:30am, but try to turn off technology by 11pm and take advantage of flux on my iPhone to reduce all that blue glare on my phone.鈥

9. Bryan Phelps, CEO of Big Leap: 鈥淚鈥檓 typically in bed by about 10:30pm every night. By nature, I鈥檓 more of a night owl, but getting to bed by 10:30 gives me plenty of rest when I wake up at 6am.鈥

10. Taro Fukuyama, co-founder and CEO of AnyPerk: 鈥淚鈥檝e decided that 11pm is a good time for me to go to bed during the week. It鈥檚 neither too late nor too early, so I can get some work done at night without sacrificing sleep.鈥

11. Julia Straus, CEO of TULA: 鈥淏eing CEO is a 24/7 job, so there isn鈥檛 a typical time I power off. However, I鈥檝e been trying to incorporate more mindfulness into my daily habits and sleep is a really important part of that. I typically try to go to bed by 11:30pm every night.鈥

12. Catherine Merritt, co-founder and CEO of MUMZY: 鈥淚鈥檓 usually in bed between 11:30pm and midnight. In addition to being co-founder and CEO of MUMZY, I am also a senior vice president at a marketing agency during my nine-to-five, so evening hours are when I get most of my work done for MUMZY.鈥

13. Julia Taylor Cheek, CEO and co-founder of EverlyWell: 鈥淚 am a night owl, so I tend to go to bed between 11:30pm and 1am. Since starting a company, I have more flexibility in my hours in the morning, though I鈥檓 usually still working by 8am. I find my most productive hours are late at night or first thing in the morning.鈥

14. Julia Labaton, president and founder of Red PR: 鈥淚鈥檓 in bed between 12am and 1am. I always tell myself I鈥檓 going to go to bed between 10 and 11pm, but that rarely happens. And yes, the smartphone ALWAYS stays on.鈥

15. Rachel Malsin, co-founder of Project Juice: 鈥淚 get to bed by 9:30pm, but I鈥檓 pregnant, so I get very tired. And I do check emails up until I fall asleep.鈥

16. Jeff Platt, president and CEO of Sky Zone Franchise Group: 鈥淚 usually get in bed around 10:30pm and fall asleep quickly. But it allows me to get up around 5am to hit the gym before I get into the office.鈥

17. Sarah Lucas, CEO of Beyond Type 1: 鈥淚 know it bucks the trend 鈥 science tells us we need to be going to bed earlier 鈥 but I work best at night when my household is settled. On average, I slide into bed between 11:30pm and midnight and (gasp!) do final checks on my iPhone until about 12:15am.鈥

18. Jerry Hum, co-founder and CEO of Touch of Modern: 鈥淚 usually go to bed around 2am, because I鈥檓 often up late checking out our products and making sure the team is sourcing the best brands out there.鈥

19. Cara Parrish, CEO of Cara Parrish Consulting: 鈥淏eing an entrepreneur and an international traveler makes a bed-time obsolete. You can鈥檛 commit yourself to a 10pm bedtime if you鈥檙e hopping time zones and experiencing jet lag. Instead, I focus on the hours I get in. When I鈥檓 tired, I sleep, and if I make it to the last quarter of the day and I don鈥檛 have eight hours in, I drop everything and sleep. Sleep is crucial for optimum performance and it has to be regarded as a priority.鈥

20. Allison Evelyn, CEO and founder of Allison Evelyn, Inc.: 鈥淚 crawl into bed between 11:30pm and midnight. I always read for a few minutes first, to wind down my brain, so the exact time depends on how addictive the book is.鈥

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