Today, sleep is often that gold mine we chase and seek after endlessly. It’s the holy grail of our modern world. Sleep makes us happy, energetic, and gives our brain the rejuvenation it needs to calculate, comprehend and gather the information around us. Lack of sleep is our enemy and makes us tired, cranky and our brains foggy and forgetful.
Just like the great brains in our history: Beethoven, Freud, and Marina Abramović; we all need to sleep. They may not have had a Sleepys credit card back then to get their perfect mattress, yet you still may be surprised at their sleeping habits.
In this New York Infographic which was based on the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, the belief that truly brilliant minds stay up through all hours working their brilliant magic or that a person is most creative when they are tired is pretty much debunked.
The majority of the 27 geniuses listed obtained a generous 8 hours of peaceful slumber a night.
Hmmm…. this may not fare well in our minds of pulling the all-nighters to finishing our Pulitzer prize winning novels.
Perhaps a schedule much like the monstrous coffee drinker Balzac who slumbered from 6pm to 1am taking a nap in the mid morning would suit you. Although it’s likely he was prolific in spite of such a schedule rather than due to it. If you like to party hard like F. Scott Fitzgerald maybe you can try resting from 3:30am to 11am like he did; or if you are a major stimulant junkie like Sigmund Freud you might get by with 6 hours a night as well.