6 Secrets to Surviving on Little or No Sleep

6 Secrets to Surviving on Little or No Sleep


Founders often justify burning the midnight oil, as this is their time to create something meaningful and sleep is something that can come later in life – after these valuable years of innovation are behind them. But this thought process isn’t necessarily beneficial to the company, as lack of sleep can cause people not to think (or function) properly. I should know.


I started OrigAudio, a portable audio products company, with co-founder Mike Szymczak while working a 9-to-5 job as a marketing coordinator for JanSport. As soon as the “workday” was over, I began plugging away on OrigAudio until about 4 in the morning, only to wake up at 7 to get ready for work.

I often caught myself emailing the wrong people, ordering too much inventory and passing out while working on the couch more frequently than sleeping in my bed. This continued for nearly a year before I was able to put the “safe job” behind me to focus on OrigAudio around the clock.

During my journey, I’ve learned several lessons to help battle through the long hours and endless days that are part of the life of an entrepreneur.

Jason Lucash
Jason Lucash launched his first business as a third-grader in the San Francisco suburb of Danville, California and has had the same entrepreneurial spirit since then. Most recently Jason launched OrigAudio which makes unique portable audio products in 2009 and has received numerous accolades and awards such as Entrepreneur Magazine's "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year", Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of the Year", and Season 2 winner of ABC's hit show "Shark Tank".