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: