BY VIC AND JEANETTE
You’ve heard the standard advice... that you need 8 solid hours of sleep every night. Most of us don’t even get close to that.
Instead, we’re left exhausted, trying to find ways to catch up. In this busy world it seems like it’s impossible to get the rest you need.
With so much to do every day, you might be tempted to get by on just 4 or 5 hours of sleep. You’d get a lot more done, right?
You’re probably expecting us to warn you against doing that — to tell you why you’d be crazy to even try…
But that’s not the case.
Maybe you can do it…
…without feeling exhausted…and without having to take naps throughout the day.
In fact, I’m going to share with you 5 famous people who did just that…they got by on very little sleep, year after year. Without getting sick.
These special people — the ones who are truly able to get by on much less sleep than the rest of us — are called short sleepers.
According to Dr. Daniel J. Buysse, a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine…
Many people who think they can get by on very little sleep are simply fooling themselves.
These people are not simply “troopers” who forego sleep in the name of productivity, living out their days like zombies…
Short sleepers never feel lethargic. And they never sleep in. They wake up naturally at 4 or 5 a.m., all the time.
They’re not pushing themselves to get up early so they can get more work done.
They just don’t need the same sleep as the rest of us.
They are generally thinner and happier than the rest of us. And they tolerate pain better too.
Some people can do just that. It’s not a myth. It’s scientifically proven.
Yes, although short sleepers are outliers, they definitely do exist.
Are you one of them? If so, you’ve got some interesting company…
You probably know Leonardo da Vinci as the guy who painted the Mona Lisa. That’s true.
But did you know that da Vinci also…
Yes, da Vinci was a busy guy. Artist and inventor.
But as it turns out, he had lots of time on his hands…
da Vinci slept just 1.5 to 2 hours per day plus a 15-20 minute nap every 4 hours while he was awake.
All totaled, that’s less than 4 hours of sleep per day. And da Vinci was fine with it. No wonder he got so much done.
Like da Vinci, Newton was a busy guy.
He’s the guy that — as the story goes — the apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity.
But did you know that Newton also “invented” calculus?
That’s right, he helped create a whole math language, one that’s widely taught in high schools and universities today.
How did Newton accomplish so much?
Like da Vinci, Newton was a short sleeper, sleeping just 3-4 hours per day.
That left him plenty of time to discover.
And there are plenty of modern-day short sleepers too…
Newton also discovered the three laws of motion that still get taught in schools today.
You know, the laws about objects in motion staying in motion and objects at rest staying at rest? That’s Newton.
Those are some pretty incredible accomplishments.
Martha Stewart — television personality, business woman and convicted felon — is also a short sleeper.
That might explain how she got so much done.
Before going to prison, Stewart was everywhere. She had her hands in dozens of business deals and ventures.
Stewart was quoted as saying, “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.”
Easy to say when you don’t really need the sleep!
Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of England.
She famously kept her cabinet ministers up until the wee hours of the morning…
…and then she’d be up every day, first thing, to listen to Farming Today.
She just didn’t need any more sleep than that — and couldn’t understand why anybody else would.
Recently, the British Telegraph reported that researchers had isolated the “Thatcher gene”: the gene responsible for allowing people to get by on so little sleep.
What about you? How much sleep do you need?
Even if you’re not a short sleeper, can you get by on less?
On the next page I cover simple strategies to get more bang for your buck when it comes to sleeping…to make better use of the time that you do have.
But let’s not forget…
James Franco (who played Harry Osborn in the Spider Man trilogy) is also a short sleeper.
Perhaps that’s how, even though he’s not yet 40, he’s filmed 79 movies and dozens of television shows.
Yes, getting by on 4 hours sleep has its privileges.
You might be asking yourself…
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