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Lack of sleep is a point of pride among many working people. It’s not uncommon to hear colleagues bragging about who gets the least shuteye, as if dedication and importance were measured by exhaustion.

But a new study suggests that lack of sleep is more often found among workers who are lower on the org chart. The big bosses, the research shows, get more sleep than their reports.

In this week’s lead story, learn why successful leaders tend to be the ones who get more sleep. That, plus advice on whether to tell your boss that you’re unhappy at work and tips on remaining calm when no one else is, in our roundup.

Jessica Stillman at Inc: How to Get a Promotion: Sleep More

Researchers from consultancy Potential Project found that leaders get more sleep than individual contributors. In fact, per the summary of their research in Harvard Business Review: “In our assessment of 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 more, we found that the more senior a person’s role is, the more sleep they get.”

“What’s going on here?” asks Jessica Stillman at Inc. “Are leaders simply able to sleep more thanks to an army of assistants and household help? Not according to the researchers. Instead, they suspect that it’s those who understand the value of sleep who rise to the top. Adequate rest, they suggest, is a great way to boost your performance and win that big promotion.”

Read more about the career-enhancing benefits of sleep in this post.

Nell Wulfhart at The Muse: The Answer to “Should I Tell My Boss I’m Not Happy at Work?”

When you’re less than thrilled at work, your first thought might be to hide your discontent. But there are both upsides and downsides to telling your boss that you’re unhappy.

Wulfhart explains:

…telling your manager that you’re not happy is risky—there’s always the chance that they’ll think you’re looking for another job and start treating you as such.

However, talking to your boss can also reap dividends. If they don’t know there’s a problem, they can’t solve it. Speaking up can win you a better role, a promotion, or more. And, fixing your current work environment is a heck of a lot easier than starting your job search from scratch—so it’s worth a shot.

So, should you talk to your manager … or keep things to yourself? This article offers some guidelines for making your decision.

Angel Chernoff at Marc and Angel Hack Life: 9 Mindful Ways to Remain Calm When Others Are Angry

Having trouble coping with conflict at work? Your understandable agitation at dealing with people who are angry or upset might be getting in your way.

Angel Chernoff offers several tips on maintaining your cool when others are losing theirs, including:

Get comfortable with pausing. Don’t imagine the worst when you encounter a little drama. When someone is acting irrationally, don’t join them by rushing to make a negative judgment call. Instead, pause. Take a deep breath…

Sometimes good people behave poorly under stress. Don’t you? When you pause, it gives you space to collect your thoughts and it also allows the other person the space to take a deep breath with you. In most cases, that extra time and space is all we need.

Learn more, here.

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