Let the sleep patterns of these 17 highly successful people inspire you!

We are constantly fed with the notion of ‘one must sleep for 8 hours’ and we tend to follow it blindly. Also, when some people prefer working till late night and still compensate with a bit more snoozing in the morning, we can be sure to hear remarks such as ‘Burning mid night oil’ or ‘early to bed early to rise’. But should sleep patterns be so conventional? When people are different, how can their sleep patterns be similar?


Studies show that the human body was designed to get two intervals of sleep of 4 hours each and not 8 hours straight. At the same time, the necessity of 8 hours sleep is debatable for everyone; one can only sleep depending on how much their body can take and the amount of work one does.

Don’t fret if you can’t sleep for 8 hours anymore! Take a note of the sleep patterns of these highly successful people; some of them sleep much less and some do work late into the night. Whether you are a midnight owl or an early morning bird, it’s alright as long as you are making your waking hours productive!


1 Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the American business magnate, computer programmer and inventor, who gave us Microsoft enjoys a 7 hour sleep. This much sleep keeps him going ahead and he keeps him amazingly fit, otherwise how can he be the World’s Richest Man almost every year! He has been topping the Forbes’ list of The World’s Billionaires every year since 1995 till now, except for a few years which came after the financial crisis of 2007-08.

Bill Gates

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2 Indra Nooyi

This Indian-born business executive is the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. She sleeps 5 hours a day and that’s enough to keep her going.

Indra Nooyi

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3 Barack Obama

The 44th and beloved President of America, Obama, who became the 1st African American president has a snoozing time of 6 hours a day. He just needs this much sleep to run the world’s largest economy and the most powerful country!

Barack Obama

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4 Marissa Mayer

She is the current president and CEO of Yahoo! She was also the key spokesperson for Google for a long term. She sleeps 4-6 hours a day and gets enough energy to last through the day.

Marissa Mayer

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5 Thomas Edison

The one who invented the light bulb and brightened our nights! He also invented phonograph and the motion picture camera. Edison needed just a 5 hour sleep to feel refreshed to keep inventing amazing things which changed the world.

Thomas Edison

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6 Winston Churchill

He was a British statesman and was also elected as the Prime Minister of United Kingdom twice. He slept for only 5 hours a day.

Winston Churchill

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7 Benjamin Franklin

Franklin had many feathers to his cap; he was a political activist, leading author, printer, freemason, scientist, civic activist and a diplomat. He still managed to catch up on sleep for 7 hours in a day.

Benjamin Franklin

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8 Karen Blackett

She is the chief executive of MediaCom UK and looks after clients like Sky, Audi and GSK. She sleeps around 7-8 hours every day.

Karen Blackett

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9 Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey was appointed as the CEO of Newton Investment at the age of 35 and she already had 5 children and now she has 9 children. She enjoys a sleeping time of 6 hours a day, while juggling between the boardroom and the several bedrooms of her house.

Helena Morrissey

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10 Neil Patel

He is the Co-founder of Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg and Quick Sprout. He is famous for his work in digital marketing and he is one of those highly successful people who have the luxury to sleep for 8 hours a day.

Neil Patel

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11 Jeff Bezos

He is a famous American business magnate and played a key role in the growth of e-commerce industry; he was also the CEO of Amazon.com. He sleeps for 7 hours every day.

Jeff Bezos

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12 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a famous American Comedian, actress, TV host, writer and producer. She is loved by millions of people all over the world and has a refreshing 8 hours of sleep every day.

 Ellen DeGeneres

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13 Elon Musk

He is the chairman of SolarCity and also the CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors.The 44-years old business magnate-cum-engineer-cum-inventor-cum-investor does all his works while giving 6 hours of restful sleep to his body.

Elon Musk

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14 Jack Dorsey

He is a co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Squares, which is a mobile payments app company. He sleeps for about 7 hours.

Jack Dorsey

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15 Tim Cook

He is an American business executive and also the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. He also enjoys a sound sleep of 7 hrs.

Tim Cook

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16 Richard Branson

He is famous as the founder of Virgin group, which comprises of 400 companies and he sleeps for 5-6 hours a day and enjoys life to the fullest.

Richard Branson

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17 Leo Widrich

We are all aware of Buffer, which is a software application, which manages social media networks. Leo Widrich is a Co-founder and Chief Operating Executive of Buffer. He sleeps 8 hours a day.

Leo Widrich

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Hope the knowledge about the sleeping patterns of these highly successful people help you in developing your own unique sleeping pattern, which suits your body and work requirements. You just need to stay fit and healthy, and if you are able to achieve that and work hard enough, you too can be successful.


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