It’s probably very common to hear about entrepreneurs who wake up at 4:00 a.m. in order to seize the day.
But don’t you find something weird about the fact that they’re able to do this on an everyday basis?
You should get how hard it is! You’re probably part of the 99% of people who get up whenever the heck they want.
If you’re not, and you wake up at 4:00 a.m., then that’s good for you (and I’m almost convinced you’re a robot of some kind).
How are these early-birds able to do this? Is it good for them to wake up so early? Should they sacrifice crucial hours of sleep in order to always wake up early?
Let’s take a journey and answer these questions.
According to an infographic released by HomeArena, a furniture store in the U.K. that sells mattresses, the following are the sleep patterns of 21 highly successful people.
27% sleep 7-8 hours.
27% sleep 6-7 hours.
32% sleep 5-6 hours.
14% sleep 4-5 hours.
5% sleep at 12:00 A.M.
18% sleep at 1:00 A.M.
5% sleep at 3:00 A.M.
5% sleep at 11:30 P.M.
32% sleep at 11:00 P.M.
9% sleep at 10:30 P.M.
18% sleep at 10:00 P.M.
5% sleep at 9:30 P.M.
5% wake up at 9:00 A.M.
6% wake up at 8:00 A.M.
22% wake up at 7:00 A.M.
11% wake up at 6:30 A.M.
11% wake up at 5:30 A.M.
28% wake up at 5:00 A.M.
6% wake up at 4:30 A.M.
11% wake up at 4:00 A.M.
The Actual People Studied
You can click this link to view the chart, but here are some of the people from the study.
Bill Gates: 7 hours
Richard Branson: 5-6 hours
Tim Cook: 7 hours
Ellen Degeneres: 8 hours
Jeff Bezos: 7 hours
Elon Musk: 6 hours
Thomas Edison: 5 hours
Indra Nooyi: 9 hours
What’s the biggest takeaway from all this?
Sleep what feels good for you . There really isn’t a set amount of sleep that all successful people get.
They aren’t wired machines, waking up before the sun rises. They don’t need to be.
Sleep is an important part of life as it helps us have energy to go through the day. It gives us necessary rest.
The following information can be found here.
- Lack of sleep can result in lack of motivation, lethargy, and fatigue, inability to cope with stress, reduced creativity and problem-solving skills, etc. Make sleep a priority in your life, and try to fix it if you have deprivation.
- The quantity of sleep is important, but not as much as “quality” of sleep. Being interrupted at night, and getting 9 hours, might not be the same as having constant, relaxed sleep for 6 hours. Do what feels right for you.
- Even one less hour of sleep can affect you largely. You may think it’s worth it waking up earlier, but if there is no actual reason to do so, or you stayed up really late, just sleep that extra hour.
- Your body does not adjust quickly to new sleeping patterns. Don’t try to do something right away, and don’t go too far from your own range. Don’t be idealistic and get the sleep your own personal body is designed to get.
Go out there and win the day!
Don’t let sleep get the best of you. Sleep right, at any time you feel comfortable, and you might just be the most energized you’ve ever been.