A lot has been said regarding how much sleep one should get. Many have advocated for at least 6 hours, other have said 8 hours. Also, many successful entrepreneurs have revealed that they get up really early and engage in some morning rituals that get them on the part of success.
But can the same sleep pattern apply to every single person? Does how long you sleep determine how successful you’ll be? Probably not.
Here’s a list of how much sleep 15 successful people usually get, from the famously sleep-avoidant US President Donald Trump to Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who always gets in more than eight hours:
See how to determine how much sleep you really need:
Ask yourself these three questions to figure out whether the amount you’re currently getting is enough to keep you healthy and happy.
1. How long does it take you to fall asleep?
In an ideal world, you should fall asleep 15 to 20 minutes after you hit the sheets. If you lay awake, longer, a number of factors could contribute – anxiety, caffeine, a large meal or even too much sleep.
On the other hand, if you barely make it to the bed before nodding off, you’re probably not sleeping enough.
2. Do you need an alarm to wake up?
If you’re almost always awake before your alarm goes off, or if you’re waking up multiple times during the night, and it’s not due to drinking too many liquids before bed, sipping on coffee or alcohol in the evening or an underlying sleep problem or medical condition, your brain may be trying to tell you that it’s had enough sleep.
Alternatively, if you struggle to wake up in the morning when the alarm goes off, you most likely need more sleep or need to adjust your sleep schedule.
3. How do you feel?
Keep a daily sleep diary by using a free or low-cost app on your smart phone or tablet. If you don’t like gadgets and would rather do it the old-fashioned way, grab a journal and write down what time you go to bed and get up, along with how you feel during the day.
This will help you notice patterns and figure out which type of sleep routine suits you best. Don’t ignore feelings of fatigue, moodiness or anxiety—this could be your body’s way of telling you that you need more slumber.
You might find that you’re already getting an optimal amount of sleep, but when that’s not the case, take action.
Although it’s rare, there are people who get too much sleep. If you’re one of them, push your bedtime later in 15-minute increments. If you’re getting too little sleep, do the opposite – push your bedtime earlier in 15-minute increments. If you’ve tried this for several weeks and you still don’t wake up feeling refreshed, talk to your doctor to see if they can suggest another solution.