The Strange Sleep Patterns of Geniuses

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Do you think you are exhausted? I know you are probably balancing work, school, children, hobbies and a personal life. Well, you better warm up the coffee pot if you want to get into some of the sleep schedules of the most brilliant minds. Below are some of the schedules, and they sure are insane to imagine.

Leonardo DaVinci
leonardo-da-vinci Every four hours, Leonardo Da Vinci was known to take 20 minute naps. He was very adamant about his polyphasic sleep schedule, called the Uberman sleep cycle, which consists of 20-minute naps every four hours.

Nikola Tesla
Tesla_circa_1890 Nikola Tesla never slept for more than two hours a day. Much like Da Vinci, Tesla followed the Uberman sleep cycle and claimed to have never slept for more than two hours a day. He once reportedly worked for 84 hours straight in a lab without any rest. Unfortunately, this probably led to his mental breakdown at the age of 25. He eventually pulled himself together and continued his work for almost 4 more decades.

Marissa Mayer
marissa-mayer-its-treason-for-yahoo-to-disobey-the-nsa Marissa Mayer catches up on sleep during weeklong vacations every four months. The CEO of Yahoo is a known workaholic, clocking in 130 hours per week, which obviously deprives her of valuable sleep.

Mariah Carey
"<br In order to ‘sing the way she wants to’, Mariah Carey surrounds her bed with up to 20 humidifiers and sleeps for around 15 hours. Apparently, it’s like sleeping in a steam room, and it soothes her throat.

Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon_B_Johnson-AB The former president Lyndon B. Johnson split his day into two parts to get more done. He usually woke up at about 6:30 or 7 a.m. and worked until 2 p.m. After a quick bout of exercise, Johnson would crawl back into bed for a 30-minute nap, getting up around 4 p.m. and working into the early morning.

Martha Stewart
martha-stewart-already-has-more-than-1000-matchcom-suitors Martha Stewart only sleeps around 4 hours a night. She gets up hours before her crew even arrives at work at 6:30 A.M. to cook breakfast for a host of pets — including horses, donkeys, and more than 200 chickens.

Winston Churchill
245px-Sir_Winston_S_Churchill Winston Churchill was known for taking a two-hour nap every single day around 5:00 PM. He’d pour himself a weak whiskey and soda, and settle in for a nice little nap. Churchill said this short “siesta” allowed him to get 1 1/2 days’ worth of work done every 24 hours.

Thomas Edison
MTE4MDAzNDEwNTEzMDA0MDQ2 Edison regarded sleep as a waste of time and tried to minimize it as much as possible. He essentially took a 30 minute nap every four hours to allow himself to continue working.

Wolfgang Mozart
mozart Mozart often only slept from 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM, then he would compose for the remainder of his day and into the early morning.

Richard Branson
Richard-Branson_2127506b Richard Branson only sleeps 6 hours per night and wakes every morning at 5:45 AM to work out and start his day.

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund_Freud_LIFE Freud only slept 6 hours per night, most likely due to his health habits, including: experimenting with medication, cocaine, smoking and alcohol.

Barack Obama
obama The President never gets enough sleep, usually only 5 to 6 hours. The people at the White House have to decide which crisis are important enough to wake him.

Voltaire
voltaire Voltaire only slept 4 hours a night. He usually managed this by drinking up to 40 cups of coffee a day.

Donald Trump
Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped) Trump deliberately only sleeps 3 hours a night to stay ahead of his competition. He sees sleep as a waste of time – maybe that’s why he’s so cranky.

Benjamin Franklin
BenFranklinDuplessis Franklin had a saying, that became very popular, “early to bed, early to rise, keeps a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” he generally, went to sleep around 10:00 PM and woke up at 3:00 AM.

 

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