It’s not a secret that in today’s fast paced society, being busy and having no time for sleep is a sign of success for some people. The more things you have to do means the more important you are, and the less time you have for sleeping. Donald Trump, world famous entrepreneur with a net worth of $3.9B, says he only sleeps 3-4 hours nightly, as he believes that competitors will find it difficult to compete with someone who sleeps less.
While you may be able to do more while staying up for a longer period of time, your body needs to rest as well. Studies show that sleep is essential to stay alert and focused, which will allow you to be more productive. It also helps retain information, among other things, making it an essential component to our daily lives. However, studies also suggest that genetics also play a part in whether you can function with less sleep or not. Some people can actually work better without clocking in 8 hours of nightly shuteye.
If you’re more partial to catching some zzz’s, then you may want to know that there are a lot of successful individuals who also love their sleep. Some of which are the following:
1. The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama once said, “Sleep is the best meditation,” and he clearly means it. He sleeps for 8-9 hours regularly, as he says it helps him have a calm and relaxed disposition during the day.
2. Usain Bolt
Known as the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt is a professional athlete who sleeps from 8-10 hours a day. Athletes are said to be in need of more sleep, as it helps them repair and restore the energy they’ve expended during the day, so this isn’t something too surprising.
3. Bill Gates
Microsoft CEO and the richest man in the world Bill Gates says he likes to sleep at least 7 hours a day. Although, he used to work all night in his office before, he soon realized that he can’t just rely on daytime naps for rest. Today, Gates say that a longer shuteye is what he needs to “stay sharp and creative and upbeat.”
4. Mariah Carey
Celebrated chanteuse Mariah Carey told Interview Magazine in 2007 that she sleeps for at least fifteen hours a day. While it seems like a lot, she claims that if she gets less, she can’t sing the way she wants to.
5. Warren Buffett
Known as the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett values sleep so much that he has been once quoted, “When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.”
6. Lebron James
A famous basketball star like Lebron James may seem to have a lot on his plate, but turns out, he can clock in up to 12 hours of sleep regularly.
7. Jeff Bezos
Amazon.com’s owner has always prioritized a full night’s sleep ever since. It is said that he has always made it a point to get at least 8 hours of shuteye as it keeps him alert and helps him think clearly.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow
Famous actress and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow notes that sleep is one of her major beauty secrets. She also wrote about sleep in her blog, Goop.com, featuring a piece written by her doctor, Dr. Frank Lipman.
9. Sheryl Sandberg
When you’re the COO of one of the biggest websites in the internet, you tend to become very busy. This is why Sheryl Sandberg has once thought that she can add more hours to her day by sleeping less. Becoming a mother taught her the value of a good night’s sleep, though, so she now spends at least 8 hours nightly sleeping.
10. Matthew McConaughey
Best noted for his recent work in the movie Dallas Buyers Club and the HBO series True Detective, Matthew McConaughey has definitely redefined himself in the industry. Apparently, he somehow credits sleep to his performance as he needs up to eight and a half hours of sleep every night so he can be at his best the next day.
While some people choose to sleep less in order to do more, other professionals still stick to valuing their wellbeing in order to succeed. We just hope that you do so as well, as there are lots of benefits to getting a quality sleep routine, as these ten successful individuals can tell you.