Bizarre Sleeping Habits of Successful People

Bizarre Sleeping Habits of Successful People

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your body to rest and relax. Successful people know one thing for sure: to work efficiently, they need to get a good night’s sleep, which can help them be more successful. 

Because of their busy and demanding schedules, these people do everything to sleep at night or at regular intervals during the day. Some successful people even go to the length of adopting some bizarre habits to ensure they get enough sleep. 

Here are some bizarre sleep habits that successful people have: 

Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps is a world-famous American swimmer and an extraordinary Olympian. He likes to make his body work hard while he’s practicing and at night. Yes, you heard it right. At night Michael likes to decrease the oxygen available in his bedroom to make his body work harder and produce more red blood cells to deliver oxygen to his muscles efficiently. 

He likes to have the air in his room comparable to the air at an elevation of 8,500 to 9,000 feet. This helps Michael prepare better for competitions at high elevations and increases his performance and endurance. 

Winston Churchill

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Sir Winston Churchill was one of the most famous prime ministers of the United Kingdom. This world-famous politician used to take a nap for two hours every day. Without missing a single day, he would drink a weak whiskey and soda at 5 pm sharp every day and take a two-hour nap. 

According to him, this nap used to get him to do one and a half days’ worth of work done in a single day. People at the time knew him as the night owl due to his irregular sleep patterns, as he found it difficult to sleep peacefully at night. 

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Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, engineer, theorist, scientist, architect, and sculptor. However, what made the multi-skilled artist so popular worldwide were his unconventional paintings. He is one of the most celebrated painters in history to date.

His bizarre sleep pattern included taking a nap for 20 minutes every four hours. He was suffering from a condition called Uberman sleep cycle, which is a polyphasic sleep schedule. The condition would especially affect his ability to work on long-term projects.

Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey is a successful American songwriter, actress, and singer. She has gone on record to say that she needs 15 hours to keep her singing the way she does. Sleeping for so long can be a little too much for any average person. 

However, even more, surprising is that she sleeps with 20 humidifiers around her bed, to moisturize the dry air and soothe her sore throat. She said in an interview that she feels like she’s sleeping in a sauna. 

Stephen King


Stephen King is an American author of supernatural, horror, crime, suspense, fantasy, and science fiction novels. His bizarre sleeping habits are mentioned in a book by Lisa Rogak, where he says that he brushes his teeth and wash his hands before bed while keeping all the pillows on his bed directed towards a specific position. 

The open side of the pillowcase points towards the other side of the bed. He himself does not know why he does this every night, but this became an everyday ritual for him. 

Charles Dickens

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This vintage image features Charles Dickens in his study.

Charles Dickens was an English critic and writer. He is responsible for breathing life into some of the most well-known characters in English literature, while many also regard him as one of the best novelists of the Victorian Era. The incredible writer did suffer from insomnia, which lead to him developing some strange sleeping patterns. 

To cure this, he used to sleep with a compass beside him that he used to face north while sleeping every time. He would routinely sleep and write while facing North, which according to him, improved his creativity significantly. 

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Lyndon B. Johnson was an American politician and a famous president. He used to split his day into two shifts which was very surprising for many people. He used to get up at 6:30 or 7 am and would work generously till 2 pm.

At 2 PM, Johnson would go to sleep, get up at 4 pm, and start working like it was early morning again. He picked up this habit from another famous US ex-president, John F. Kennedy, who also used to break his day into two shifts. 

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Eminem, Marshall Bruce Mathers, is a very successful American songwriter, producer, and rapper. Many people like to sleep in dark rooms, but Eminem taking it to another level. The rapper sticks tinfoil around his windows for better sleep at night.  

He is also habitual of listening to white noise while he tries to sleep. According to him, this practice makes him sleep peacefully, especially when he travels between different time zones. 

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Tom Cruise is one of the highest-paid actors in the world and is famous for his incredible performance in action-packed movies. Tom Cruise is a snorer, which is no surprise because many people snore at night. 

What is surprising is that he reportedly has a ‘snoring room’ in his house, which has soundproof walls to not let his loud snores disturb anyone else. This special room known as the ‘sanatorium’ was built when Cruise was married to Katie Holmes, so they do not disturb each other while sleeping. 

As a person gets more successful, they find it hard to manage their sleep and routine between busy and tiring schedules. Many successful people opt for some bizarre habits which might seem out of place to us but are just part of their normal life.  

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