Sleep Habits of Successful People

How 50 of the World’s Most Successful People Sleep

More and more evidence is coming out proving just how vital good sleep is to your health. A good night’s sleep is tied to your memory, focus, and ability to think clearly. Creativity and general positivity are also affected by your sleeping patterns. recently published their findings into the sleeping patterns of 50 of the world’s most successful people, and it goes to show that you should pay more attention to your sleep.

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The sleeping patterns are all over the map. Some people require more sleep, like 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, who claimed a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a place on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women, gets nine hours of sleep each night. At the opposite end of the spectrum are Donald Trump and Gordon Ramsay, who both work right up to when they go to bed and then only get three hours of sleep (could that be why they are so volatile and quirky?).

Just a handful of the people on the list get fewer than six to seven hours of sleep (billionaire Richard Branson gets five, while Winston Churchill only got five but would later take a nap during the day). Many follow Benjamin Franklin’s advice of “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” but no one so much so as Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00, and then gets up at 2:30 to start his day with prayer, breakfast, and cryo chamber recovery. Opposite that practice is another Mark – Zuckerberg.

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The Facebook creator reports not going to bed until 3:00am. Athletes Cristiano Ronaldo and the late Kobe Bryant’ sleep routines include short bouts separated by relaxing or training. Some of the people have pre-bed rituals like reading or relaxing. Marie Kondo includes diffusing the essential oil of the Japanese Kuromoji wood.

Whatever your sleep practice is, you want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Getting bad sleep, or sacrificing the sleep you need, isn’t going to help you get the success you’re looking for.

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