The ideal sleep number is between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is beneficial in aiding the body when it comes to feeling recharged and refreshed as well as more alert to take on the day’s task. Getting the right amount of sleep can aid in a healthy heart as well as weight loss and a better outlook on life. However, everyone sleeps a little differently. There are few people who can get by on less than 5 hours of sleep. These individuals make up only about 5% of the population. Here are some famous sleepers and their sleeping habits.
Thomas Edison believed sleep to be a waste of time. With so many things to accomplish, he tried to sleep as little as possible. He used a polyphasic sleep cycle, which essentially means napping every couple of hours for no more than a total of 3 hours a day.
Arianna Huffington collapsed in 2007 from exhaustion. Since then she has turned her life around to garner more attention around a restful night’s sleep. This is why she has turned her bedroom into a “slumber palace”, complete with a canopied bed and blackout curtains. She turns off all electronics and leaves them outside the bedroom. Lastly, after a calming bath, she settles in for 8 hours of slumber.
Matthew McConaughy – McConaughy sleeps 8 hours a night. Anything less, he claims “I’m not near as good the next day if I get less.”
Jennifer Lawrence – Lawrence prefers an 8 hour sleep. She jokes, “Anything less than six and I have to cover the mirrors in my house.”
Amanda Seyfried – Seyfriend admits to needing 10 hours a night. She states “I get more sleep than the average human being.”
Albert Einstein- Einstein also needed 10 hours of sleep a night. To top it off, he even admitted to taking afternoon naps as well.
So unless, you’re the next Thomas Edison, it is safe to assume that you need that solid 8 hours of sleep. If celebrities do it, you can do it! Here are some tips for improving the quality of your sleep.
- Lose the anxiety and work stress. Stress will only keep you awake longer. It is best to clear your mind in order to fall asleep fast.
- Create a routine. Routinely going to sleep and waking up at the same time will program your body into getting sleepy at the same time each night and hopefully help you avoid hitting snooze in the morning.
- Exercise each day. Daily exercise can add 45 minutes to your sleep pattern.
- Make your bedroom your sleep haven. Keep all electronics and other light distractions off and in another room.
- Invest in a good mattress. If you spend 1/3 of your day in bed, why not make it the best sleep? Cooling mattresses can help the body relax and know when it’s time for bed, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Which of these sleep habits surprised you most?