Benjamin Franklin, one of the “Founding Fathers” of the United States, is one of the few successful people who speak so glowingly of getting a good night’s rest.

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” Franklin would tell his fellow peers.

Although Franklin wasn’t backed up by a plethora of research at that time, it seems time has proven him right.

It’s now common knowledge that adults should be sleeping for at least seven or eight hours a day, which promotes optimal health.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified that sleeping less than recommended increases your risk to a handful of conditions, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The list can go on and on. Also, it has been recognised that people who are in bed for long enough will be more productive throughout their working day.

Essentially, the research tells us the longer you sleep, the healthier you are. Easy, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to nod off at night, and it seems that many successful people don’t seem to follow Franklin’s words of wisdom.

In fact, Leonardo da Vinci thought a full eight hours was a waste of time and so did Nikola Telsa.


Infographics released by Home Arena reveal the strange and astonishing sleeping of hours of some of the most successful people who have walked on our planet.

  • Richard Branson

    Richard Branson

    The founder of the Virgin Group isn’t one for clocking up normal hours. He tends to fall asleep at about 12 am every night but gets up between 5 and 6 am every morning.

    Looking at the stats, his habit of only sleep about 6 or six hours a night is the most usual for highly successful people, with 32% of those individuals investigated also doing so.

  • Arianna Huffington

    Arianna Huffington

    She’s one of those people who seems to have done everything. Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, author and columnist, and she’s also published a book solely on sleep. Or, more specifically, getting more of it.

    Huffington is a fierce advocate for revolutionising sleep cycles, writing that the world is “in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis”.

    It’s then no surprise that she goes to bed at 10pm every night and then goes on to get at least a full seven hours.

  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates

    This mastermind is much like Huffington, sleeping a full seven hours a day. He usually hits the sack at about 12 am but then sleeps until 7 am that morning.

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    You might be surprised to know that the US President actually receives six hours of sleep a night. It’s not ideal, but more than you would expect for the leader of the free world.

    The President tends to get to bed later at 1 am but like Gates sleeps until 7 am in the morning.

  • Winston Churchill

    Winston Churchill

    This British leader was an infamous napper.

    So well-known for his napping habit, Churchill had a bed kept in the House of Parliament, as he believed napping was best for the brain.

    His constant napping probably accounts for his strange sleeping pattern, only going to bed at 3 am, and sleeping until 8 am.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    As we mentioned earlier, Da Vinci wasn’t the greatest sleep advocate. In fact, he tried to get as little as possible by adopting a very extreme polyphasic sleep cycle, like Thomas Edison. A polyphasic sleep cycle is merely taking naps every few hours, and for Da Vinci, it was 20 minutes every four hours.

  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Finally! We have someone who sleeps in a way that somewhat resembles our average night as well. The comedian and television host gets to bed at about 11 pm every night and doesn’t get up until 7 am.

    For the first time, that’s a full eight hours.

It may be easy to say that getting sleep for successful people is hard with the stresses of work and life preventing a full night’s sleep.

But, that’s a very easy excuse if you have some bad sleep habits.

It’s no secret that making an investment in a good quality mattress is critical to having the best night’s sleep (every night).

Without having support in the right places, it only makes it harder to switch off and relax. At Galligans, we’re experts in finding the perfect mattress for you that will encourage you to have a more quality and longer sleep.


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