The Sleep Routines of Successful People

Andrew Merle
3 min readOct 5, 2017

Ever wonder how much sleep ultra-successful people get? Are they all super-human and able to operate on barely any sleep (unlike the rest of us)?

Well, we know that Donald Trump claims to sleep only 3 hours each night and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi gets only 4 hours of nightly shut-eye. But the majority manage to get at least 6 hours, as you can see in the list below detailing the sleep habits of 10 highly successful people:

  • Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX: 6 hours (1am — 7am)
  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple: 7 hours (9:30pm — 4:30am)
  • Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft: 7 hours (12am — 7am)
  • Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group: 5–6 hours (12–5/6am)
  • Jack Dorsey, Co-founder of Twitter: 7 hours (10:30pm — 5:30am)
  • Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL: 6 hours (11pm — 5am)
  • Barack Obama, Former President of the U.S.: 6 hours (1am — 7am)
  • Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of 7 hours (10pm — 5am)
  • Ellen DeGeneres, TV Host: 8 hours (11pm — 7am)
  • Donald Trump, President of the United States: 3 hours (1–4am)

You can read more about their sleep habits, as well as plenty of other successful people, in this



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