The Sleep Patterns of 21 Highly Successful and Productive People 61

sleep patterns of successful people

This is a guest post by Bilal Safdar. He has a flare for success, and is trying to keep it ablaze nowadays with HomeArena.

Is sleeping five hours a day enough? Is your day a mess when you get less than 8 hours of sleep? Are naps a part of your daily routine? Do you feel unproductive when you don’t sleep well?

Let’s explore some aspects of sleep, how much of it you actually need and how sleep patterns and productivity relate.

It’s hardly ever that any discussion about sleep is not accompanied by these two questions:
How much should I sleep to stay fresh and optimally productive?
What’s the right way of sleeping that I should follow?

Both questions seem quite simple and logical, but their answers aren’t. Almost everyone has a different opinion and different experience about it and almost everyone want you to believe what they believe. So, let’s try to explore this paradox a little further.

Stop Looking for the Magic Number

There is no magic number, the cold naked truth that you might hate to embrace, but the fact remains that no significant studies back up the much hyped “8-hours a day” sleep. Stop believing that your productivity is affected if you don’t get 8 hours a day to sleep, and you might soon observe your productivity not being affected at all, just like so many successful and productive people throughout the history.

Do you know how many hours did the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Napoleon or Edison spare to sleep? Roughly 4 to 5, as many of them preferred cat naps instead.

Now think again and tell me if they were unproductive? If these names sound like history, what about the sleep patterns of 21 of the most prominent and successful names of recent times as highlighted in this infographic:

Courtesy of: Home Arena
The amount of sleep needed by people to perform most optimally differs, even from someone with same gender, age or health conditions.
While you may enjoy peak functioning through the day sleeping seven hours a night, some others apparently just the same as you, need 6 or 9 or even 5 hours per night of sleep to enjoy a productive and happy life.

So, if you are aware that something is not right about your sleep patterns, what to do now?

As mentioned earlier, it’s different for different people. What you need to do is believe and try finding the most productive way of life for you beyond that 8 hours a day mantra (though I’m not stressing this much will never work for you!).
The point is to give your body and mind the rest they need to recuperate and rejuvenate to face another tough day ahead, whether it’s 5 hours, 6 hours or 9 hours a day.

How to know whether you need to change your sleep patterns?

One of the best ways to gauge whether you are sleeping good enough to have an optimal day ahead is to observe how hard or effortless it is for you to stay awake during the course of the day. Or if you experience a significant cut in productivity, it also means you better beef up your sleeping patterns.
For now, take a look at those of some highly productive people of our times on the infographic and try to conclude whether or not you need to sleep 8 hours a night.
What do you think? What are your sleep patterns? And how productive are you throughout the day?
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Should You Buy an Ecommerce Business? 11

Should You Buy an Ecommerce Business?

If you have the funds to make an investment, but you are not sure which is the best option, a good idea would be investing in an ecommerce business. They represent the businesses of the future, and it is already a known fact that they are very profitable.

With an online business you can choose to build it yourself, but that is not what we are recommending. In our opinion, buying an ecommerce business comes with more advantages and in this article we will talk about some of them.

You won’t have to deal with the tough work.

The first days are the hardest when you decide to start a business by yourself.

First of all, you have to decide exactly what kind of products you want to sell and then find the suppliers for them. You need to create a quality customer service, come up with marketing strategies, develop the site, SEO, and many other things.

But when you buy an online business you won’t have to deal with any of these. A business that has been around for a while already has all these things and this means that you won’t have to deal with them. However, you should make sure that you do a little bit the research before you buy the site. You need to make sure that everything matches your requirements.

Successful business model.

Quitting While You're Ahead! Understanding the Limits of Natural Business Growth

When you are just getting started it is hard to tell whether your business will make it or not.

In some cases, it might even be complicated to come up with a strategy that will sell your products. Nevertheless, this problem does not occur when you are buying an online business.

In this situation, you already know that the business existed for a few years, which means that it generates enough revenue. It also means that the traffic and customers are established already so there is almost no risk.

However, before you buy a website you will need to make sure that the financials are accurate.

You can choose to buy a business from an online marketplace such as Exchange by Shopify. This way, data such as traffic and financial reports will be delivered by the platform, not the seller, so you will know for sure that they are 100% real.

Cross-sell potential.

If you already own an ecommerce business it might be a good move to buy another one. By getting another one you will gain access to additional customers, email addresses and traffic, which could be really helpful for you.

If you analyze the metrics of the business a bit you will be able to tell how to cross-sell existing products. Tools like shopping cart data and Google Analytics should help you determine customer behavior, including the returning rate and how many items per order are there.

Cross promotion between email lists could be a great marketing tool if it is used correctly, and even using “competitive” discount could be a way to make customers move between the two businesses.