Genius Sleeping Habits

Genius Sleeping Habits

…or maybe 4 hours of sleep is more than enough for you as well!

You’ve tried it all for better sleep and nothing worked? Well, you’ve probably heard then about geniuses who slept only few hours per night and did incredibly great things during the day. So what if you are one of them? Check these genius sleeping habits, and you never know, maybe you are one of them, right (: ?

1. Gaius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC)


Roman politician and military leader Julius Caesar established the Great Roman Empire and forever changed the culture of Europe for years and centuries to come. He won the Civil War and became the autocratic ruler of the whole “Roman world”.

To achieve all this, according to the memoirs of contemporaries, Caesar slept about 3 hours a day. At the same time he didn’t privileged himself – during all the military campaigns Julius Caesar slept open air together with his soldiers on the ground.

2. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

leonardo da vinci

Perhaps a list of Leonardo da Vinci’s secrets is worth complementing with another item. Ingenious artist and inventor slept only for 15-20 minutes a day every 4 hours (about 2 hours per day in total). The remaining 22 hours Leonardo just passionately worked. Today this type of sleeping is called ‘multi-phase sleeping’ and it is believed to allow you to stay awake for up to 20-22 hours a day. This multi-phase sleeping is considered as one of genius sleeping habits and therefore has lots of followers. Just no another Leo da Vinci so far has been spotted around.

3. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a prominent politician, diplomat and scientist. His put his signature on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution aHe passionately believed that there should not be too intangible benefits in life as they should be appreciated. Good sleep was certainly considered as a benefit, and therefore Franklin adhered to his strict daily routine, in which no more than 4 hours per day were given for a sleep.

4. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Napoleon Bonnapart

Many have heard this aphorism of Bonaparte: “Napoleon sleeps 4 hours per night, soldiers sleep 5 hours, women sleep 6 hours, men sleep 8 hours, and only sick people sleep 9 hours a day”.

Indeed, Napoleon usually went to bed around midnight, slept until 2 am only. Then he got up, he worked and, at 5 am he usually went back to bed to take a nap for a couple of hours. As a result, he slept only about 4 hours per day.

At the same time, historians have noted that a great general had often suffered from insomnia due to the constant stress . Moreover, with this fact – a catastrophic lack of sleep – some explain main strategic failures of Bonaparte at Waterloo. Interestingly enough, once sentenced and sent to the island of St. Helena, Napoleon turned from a lark into an owl and started to went to bed very late and sleep long-long hours.

5. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Thomas Jefferson

Third President of the United States, a prominent politician, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson slept only 2 hours a day. At the same time, we can conclude from his correspondance that had no proper schedule to stick to. He always went to bed at different times (more often – very late), surely reading something before going to sleep and always waking up with the very first rays of the sun.

6. Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Thomas Edison

Another Thomas, this time Edison is a world famous inventor who created the phonograph, incandescent lamps and worship word “hello”. He claimed that he slept only 5 hours per night, which we consider a good example for our list of genius sleeping habits. Like many geniuses, he considered sleep as a waste of time and a sign of laziness. Therefore, all the sleepy heads and couch potatoes were openly despised by Edison. And maybe this fact led him to the invention of light bulbs. Prior to this, by candlelight, people slept for 10 hours a day, and with the invention of Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp general sleep rate had decreased down to 7 hours per day.

It’s funny enough that there was a small sofa in scientist’s laboratory, and it was said that Edison occasionally allowed himself a little nap despite his strict genius sleeping habits.

7. Nicola Tesla (1856-1943)

Nicola Tesla

Another brilliant scientist, renowned physicist and genius inventor, who made a significant contribution to the study of AC, slept for only 2-3 hours a day. According to his fellows, he could work all night, even being very tired.

“I am completely exhausted but I can not stop working. My experiments are too important, too beautiful and too amazing so I can hardly tear myself away from them to eat. And when I try to sleep, I keep thinkg about them all the time”.

However, after these long exhausting days and sleepless nights Tesla sank into deep sleep for long hours to recuperate and be ready for new accompolishments.

8. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Winston Churchill

One of the greatest British men in the history (according to the British themselves :) Winston Churchill adhered to the following daily routine: went to bed at 3 am and woke up at 8 am. Thus he slept 5 hours per night.

However, a wise politician never neglected the possibility of a nap for an hour after lunch. “You have to sleep in the gap between lunch and dinner, and no half measures, never! Remove clothes and go to bed. This is what I always do. Do not think that you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a stupid opinion of people who have no imagination. Instead, you will be able to do more, because you get two days in one – well, at least one and a half”. One more to brilliant genius habits!

9. Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Salvador Dali

It is obviously unknown how many hours slept a great genius, Spanish artist Salvador Dali. But there is an evidence that he – similarly to Leonardo da Vinci – practiced a “ragged” sleep. To do this, Dali put a metal tray next to his bed and took a spoon with his hand. As soon as he entered into a deep sleep phase, the spoon fell and the artist woke up from the roar. According to him, this intermediate state between deep sleeping and waking gave him new ideas. Noted, girls!

10. Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Margaret Thatcher

“Iron Lady” was a real workaholic – she slept 4-5 hours a night, and sometimes even less – around 1.5-2 hours of sleep only, can you imagine! When asked about sleeping habits, she stated: “I have never slept more than four or five hours a day. Anyway, my life is my work. While some people work to live, I live to work. And you know what? I often sleep only one and a half hours, preferring to sacrifice sleep time to have a decent haircut”. Ow these ladies :)

Well, any coincidence with your sleeping habits, potential geniuses?

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