In a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Elon Musk said he sleeps about six hours every night. Musk says his work would suffer if he slept any longer.
Musk, who recently became the world’s richest person and is revolutionizing the auto industry while building tunnels under traffic-clogged cities and preparing to colonize Mars.
About five minutes in, Rogan remarks on the many different projects Musk is leading. “How do you have time?” Rogan asks. He adds that he’s never understood Musk’s ability to build space-going rockets as only one of several businesses. “Well, I do work a lot,” Musk answers. “Normally I’d be working until 1 or 2 in the morning.” He doesn’t usually do that on weekends, he adds, but sometimes he does.
Musk has said that in the past he worked hundreds of hours a week. Sometimes falling asleep on his desk.
“There were times when, some weeks … I haven’t counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week,” Musk told Kara Swisher in November 2018, recalling his effort to ramp up Tesla Model 3 production. “Some of those [weeks] must have been 120 hours or something nutty.”
Musk accepted that his schedule isn’t healthy, telling Swisher that he had “burnt out a bunch of neurons.”
“No one should put this many hours into your work,” he told Axios in 2018. ”[It’s] not recommended for anyone. You’re gonna go a little bonkers if you work 120 hours a week.”
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