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Bizarre Sleeping Habits of the Rich and Famous

June 12, 2018

Bizarre sleeping habits of famous people.

Does optimal amounts of sleep lead to success in life? Not necessarily…

When it comes to getting a good solid snooze session, some people will go to extreme lengths to ensure it goes ahead without disturbance or hindrance. But for others, sleep is not considered a priority and they are capable of functioning on as little as a 2 or 3 hours per night.

We, as Bed King, have put together a few of the most bizarre sleeping habits followed by the rich and famous.

Scientist and Inventors:

Name Albert Einstein Marie Curie Thomas Edison
About Person A German born Theoretical physicist - particularly famous for developing the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Otherwise known as, Madam Curie, was a Polish physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Edison was an inventor and businessman from Ohio, USA. He has been described as the greatest inventor America has ever seen.
Sleep Fact Einstein sleeps a solid 10 hours each night and takes a few day time naps when needed. Madam Curie slept with a jar of radium at her bedside. This caused her to develop aplastic anemia due to the exposure to radiation - leading to her early death. Edison was a polyphasic sleeper. He slept for 20 minutes, every three hours. He once worked for 72 hours straight, without any breaks for rest.

Artists & Writers:

Name Leonardo Da Vinci Vincent Van Gogh Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
About Person Leonardo was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance with a large area of interest, including: invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, writing and palaeontology. He is considered one of the greatest painters of all time. The talented Dutch painter is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. He is well known for the act of cutting off his ear and creating the famous “Self-Portrait with bandaged Ear”, merely a year before taking his own life in 1890. A composer of the classical era, born in Salzburg.
Sleep Fact The polyphasic sleep process, Da Vinci observed is called “The Da Vinci Sleep Schedule”. Da Vinci slept between 20 minutes and 2 hours per session - several times a day. The artist treated his insomnia by dousing his mattress and pillow with camphor, a relative of turpentine. The camphor slowly poisoned him and was one of the factors that pushed him to suicide. Mozart was a monophasic sleeper who would go to sleep at 1am and wake up at 6am sharp.


Name Winston Churchill Thomas Jefferson Barack Obama
About Person Former British Prime Minister, politician, writer and army officer - born in Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom. One of the Founding Fathers of America and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He later went on to become the third President of the USA. He graduated from Harvard in 1991 and became the 44th President of the United States in 2009.
Sleep Fact Churchill was classified as a “biphasic sleeper”. Every day at 5pm, he would drink a weak whisky and soda before taking a 2 hour nap (this sounds pretty normal, right?). He would then more often than not work straight through the night. Jefferson was what we call, a polyphasic sleeper. He slept only 2 hours a day at different times. He devoted a minimum of 30 minutes to creative reading prior to going to bed. He would then wake together with the sun. Obama claims to always sleep 6 hours per night. He goes to bed at 1am and gets up at 7am.

Entertainment and Sports:

Name Tom Cruise Mariah Carey Lady Gaga Jimmy Kimmel Michael Phelps
About Person An American Actor / producer most commonly known for his role in the Mission Impossible movies. The 55 year old has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and has won 3 Golden Globe Awards. An award winning American singer-songwriter, referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records. The controversial singer of the hit single Poker face, from New York, USA. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work. The hilarious host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! From New York, USA. Phelps is an American competitive swimmer and easily the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.
Sleep Fact Mr. Cruise sleeps in a sound-proof “snoratorium”, because of his tremendous snoring.This ensures he will not be heard outside the locked door. This feisty female sleeps an astonishing 15 hours each day! This is almost twice as much as the average person. She sleeps with 20 humidifiers around her bed, which basically turns her bedroom into a steam room. Talk about beauty sleep! Gaga sleeps inside of the egg, which she used for the performance of her hit single “born this way”. She refers to it as a “vessel” and claims to have stayed inside of it for 3 days.Yikes! Kimmel is a narcoleptic sleeper. This causes him to fall asleep at the most inappropriate times. He had admitted to falling asleep while driving and during writers meetings for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Phelps sleeps in a chamber with air comparable to that at the altitude between 8500 - 9000 feet. This forces his body to work harder to produce more red blood cells and deliver oxygen to his muscles. This method of sleeping claims to give him optimal physical performance. Well, it showed!


Name Sergio Marchionne Donald Trump
About Person The Italian business executive and chairman of CNH Industrial, Maserati and SG’s. Chairman and CEO of Ferrari, Fiat and FCA USA. Politician, multi-billionaire business magnate and Television personality from New York, USA. Better known as the current president of The United States.
Sleep Fact Mr. Marchionne sleeps 4 hours a night. He goes to bed at 11:30pm and wakes up at 3:30am in order to deal with the European market. The president works for 19 hours each day - running the country. He only sleeps for as little as 3 hours a night.

As you can see, some of the world’s most successful people have claimed to operate on minimal sleep, because it frees up a ton of time to get more work done. Whether that is the key to becoming stinking rich, we cannot say for certain!

As for the secret to entering your own euphoria when it comes to hitting the hay, we at Bed King can certainly assist you in reaching those siesta goals and gettin the perfect amount of sleep. It all starts with Bed King...

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