The goal of "finally getting more sleep" is a slippery panacea many people spend most of their lives chasing. And to make matters more complicated, figuring out how much sleep you actually need tends to be tricky. It could , but too little shut-eye could cause , and even the classic eight-hour recommendation .
But surely, you would think, that the most successful people in the world — actors, CEOs, politicians — have it all figured out. If optimal sleep at night = the best day possible, they must know the bedtime secrets that keeps them moving and shaking.
(a home store in the UK), looked at the data more closely, and compiled the sleep habits of 21 highly successful folks into a fun infographic. And does it reveal the hidden magic number that will turn us all into geniuses (and ultimately millionaires) by day?
Well, no. From the likes of Thomas Edison (who would get 5 hours of sleep) to Ellen Degeneres (who logs 8 hours each night), the group's sleep patterns run the gamut.
While frustrating, we think this is good news — maybe you don't have to fit into an exact prescription of optimal sleep time. If you feel great after just 6 hours of shut-eye, your efforts to log more could be futile. Scientists are even studying to needing little sleep each night — some people report they only need four hours.
But still, if having something in common with Bill Gates or Benjamin Franklin is what helps you sleep at night, we say more power to you.