If you think surviving on a few hours of sleep each night can help you get ahead, think again. You need 7-8 hours of sleep. While you rest, your brain catalogues the day’s experiences, primes your memory, and triggers the release of hormones regulating energy, mood, and mental acuity. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, these things suffer.

If so much slumber is impossible, you can extract more brainpower from the hours you do manage to spend sleeping. How? Darken your room completely – close the blinds, turn off the television or computer, and face the clock to the wall. Your brain can sense when it’s dark and time to power down. Too much light can make your brain think it’s not time for sleep at all.

This leadership tip is part of a series leading up to this year’s leadership cruise in aid of The Prince’s Trust when William Montgomery will be discussing such topics with his special guests from the world of media, sport and business.

Sea Cloud II sails from Nice (French Riviera) on 25 May and will call at Elba (Tuscany) and Portofino (Italian Riviera) before returning to Nice on 28 May. All inclusive from just £500 per person.

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