The Unorthodox Sleep Habits of 7 Famous People

By Chad Taylor on March 6, 2017

Are you getting all the sleep you need to succeed? Read about these 7 sleep habits and wonder if sleep really is one of the keys to success.

1. Winston Churchill was a believer in the siesta. He took a 2-hour nap every day at 5 p.m. – after a whiskey and soda. He claimed that his nap allowed him to get a day and a half’s work done in each 24-hour period. Was it the whiskey talking? Still, you can’t argue with a legendary statesman so maybe naptime in the evening works.

2. Leonardo da Vinci also was a believer in the short sleep. In this case, not really a nap. He followed a polyphasic sleep pattern with a 20-minute nap every four hours. Given his expertise in so many things — invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music and more – the unconventional schedule must have worked for him.

3. Mariah Carey takes sleep to the opposite extreme. She claims that to keep her voice in tune she must sleep 15 hours each night with 20 humidifiers running. The moisture and the sleep soothe her throat and keep her in tune — even if she’s not in tune to sleep cycle of most of us.

4. Michael Phelps has to open two doors to go to sleep. His “bed” is in a chamber that mimics the altitude of 8,500 to 9,000 feet. It decreases available oxygen and makes his body work harder to get that oxygen to his muscles. His strange sleeping habit helps him build endurance and after his last Olympic performance, no one can argue with that.

5. Charles Dickens is thought to have been an insomniac. He went to bed with a very strange object – a compass. He believed that he had to face north both to sleep and when he was writing. He believed that sleeping and writing facing north made him more creative.

6. Arianna Huffington believes in a good night’s rest. So much so that she has made her bedroom a “slumber palace”, complete with blackout curtains. She gets her sleep in a canopied bed and follows all the rules like turning off her electronics. Her final bedtime preparation – a hot bath with both Epsom salts and lavender oil. She sleeps like a princess.

7. Eminem spends a lot of time in hotel rooms, but that doesn’t mean he trusts their blackout curtains to keep him slumbering. He lines the windows with tinfoil to keep all the light out and then he turns on some white noise. All these preparations help him sleep better even when traveling between time zones.

So, what’s your sleep habit? If you want to wake up rested, it should include a great mattress. Today that is affordable and easy. You just go online. Look for a latex bed that offers you different comfort levels so you can get the “feel” you enjoy and then order it. It will be delivered to your door with a trial period of as much as 120 days – that’s almost 4 full months to make sure it’s the bed for you. No pushy salesmen and no worry about finding the right mattress. If you don’t like it, you should get a full refund any time during the trial period. So, pick how you want to sleep but do it with full-body support and exceptional comfort.