What The Sleeping Hours of Successful People Can Tell Us 61

What The Sleeping Hours of Successful People Can Tell Us

This is a guest post by Richard from Choose Best Mattress.

Why is sleep important? Is it important for success?

The sleeping hours of successful people are claimed to contribute to their success.

You often read about successful people claiming that they got little or no sleep on their road to success. For most of them, that is not true.

They may be simply trying to get you to stay up all night, get totally exhausted and completely unable to compete with them!

Sure, that is highly unlikely, but why should successful people tell you their secrets? They don’t!

The only genuine secret revealed to you will be the words of the Dalai Lama: Sleep is the best meditation. I take that as meaning that those who sleep best not only get the best rest, but can also think best on the issues facing them.

What are the Sleeping Hours of Successful People?

Most won’t reveal that and many will be untruthful. But think about it! How do you feel when you wake up next morning with little sleep? Tired? Irritable? Probably both of these.

Fresh and ready to be successful? Definitely not!

How do you feel when you sleep, well without interruption and for a good length of time? The so-called average of 8 hours for example. Normally refreshed! Unless you are sleeping off a good time with friends – then you may not feel so refreshed.

The reason for that is another topic! It’s connected with the poisons in your body – maybe sleep uses some of its time to remove these: the poisons you eat, drink or breathe in, in everyday life.

Sleeping Habits of Famous People

Richard Branson says: “Sleep is incredibly valuable for a busy life, and I try to get it whenever and wherever I can.”

Richard Branson tries to rise at 5 am whenever he can. He states that this gives him to time check his emails and messages and get ready for a busy day ahead. But – he sleeps when he can, particularly when flying.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella days he sleeps 8 hours each night and wakes at 7 am.

Bill Gate sleeps midnight – 7 am (he also says he reads an hour every night before sleeping).

Those who claim successful people sleep very little are either unsuccessful or insomniacs! Those who are most successful get as much sleep as they can.

In this infographic you can check the sleep patterns of 21 highly successful and productive people.

What Your Sleeping Habits Should Be

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What are the sleeping hours of successful people, or a better question, what are the sleeping habits of successful people? Let’s have a look at what your sleeping habits should be if you want to be successful.

1. Avoid Caffeine.

Never drink a coffee or tea just before bedtime – unless decaffeinated. Caffeine is a stimulant, and rather than soothing you, it energizes you! You may as well have a Red Bull!

2. Avoid Alcohol.

Do it for two reasons.

You tend to wake up more often with alcohol in your system, and also have a more restless sleep. Added to that, you often wake up with a sore head or feeling unrefreshed, and certainly not able to beat the rest of the business world.

3. Sleep Regular Hours.

Most successful people appear to go to bed and get out of bed at the same time every day. They get into a sleeping routine that suits them personally.

For some it is 12 – 7, for others it is 11 – 7 and others wake at 5 each day.

In addition to the examples given earlier, Elon Musk says he sleeps 1 -7, but whatever it is they all seem to sleep go to bed and rise at specific times.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, claims to sleep just 3-4 hours each day. No wonder he always appears grumpy!

4. Rise Early.

As you can see, all but one tends to rise between 5 am and 7 am.

If you want to be successful at what you do, and do not have set working hours, then set yourself a bedtime so that you can get up early in the morning. This gives you more time during the working day while you are fresh.

Stick to sleeping and waking at these times. Your body clock will adapt to it and you will feel more refreshed for it.

5. Make a List.

If you have important things to do the next day, then make a list of them and tape it to your nightstand or bedside table. You will then know your goals as soon as you awake. If nothing else, it will get you out of bed to get you started working on them.

Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep is important to everybody. It is during sleep that your brain can relax – and some believe assimilate what you have learned during the day. The trouble with this is that investigation is still going on as to the real purpose of sleep.

It certainly refreshes the function of the brain – but what else, and how does it do this. What are dreams and what is the purpose of dreams? Nobody really knows in spite of all that has been written on the subject.

How much sleep do we need? Again, nobody knows.

Some need more than others. Donald Trump says he sleeps only 4-5 hours a night. Some experts believe this is possible, although it is nowhere near normal. Some sleep 15 hours every night – Mariah Carey claims to be one such example.

Einstein slept 10 hours every day.

Perhaps the amount you sleep is regulated by your mental activity – or the quality of it. Nobody really knows although research on this subject is being carried out in many countries worldwide. The answer is really irrelevant – it doesn’t matter.

Sleep is essential to everyone.

The sleeping hours of successful people give us no answer other than they tend to sleep during the same times every night. The regularity of their sleeping practices seems to mean more than the hours they sleep,

What this shows is that you cannot be successful by copying the sleeping hours of successful people.

Sleeping hours’ need not be a number, but the period of time during which most successful people are asleep. So, as previously stated, it may be that sleeping between the same hours each night is what is important.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.