Facing a difficult decision? Sleep on it, psychologists say

05/17/2011 | Harvard Business Review online

President Barack Obama raised eyebrows by admitting he slept before ordering the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed -- but more bosses should get some shut-eye before making big decisions, write Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy. Sleep is the brain's way of separating signals from noise, they say, so a good night's sleep can often make complicated decisions far easier to process. "Sleeping on it was the scientifically sound decision for Obama and is the right course of action for anyone facing a challenging quandary," Bos and Cuddy write.

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