I Tried Da Vinci's (Insane) Daily Routine: Here's What Happened
No time to sleep: 7 great people with unusual daily routines
Everyone knows: to be vigorous and productive, an adult needs about 7-8 hours of sleep. However, many people who have achieved great results and became famous used individual and sometimes incredible sleeping techniques.
Leonardo da Vinci
The ingenious artist slept for 15-20 minutes every four hours (only about two hours a day). Now this technique is called polyphasic sleep, but this way of life is not very powerful.
Surprisingly, Churchill only had five hours of sleep a day. He went to bed at 3 am and got up at 8 am. However, every day between lunch and dinner, the Prime Minister drank a light whiskey and soda, and then went to take a couple of hours nap. Churchill worked at midnight.
Usually, the French commander went to bed around midnight, then got up at 2 am, worked until 5 am and went to bed again for a couple of hours. Thus, Napoleon slept about four hours a day. Historians note that Bonaparte often did not sleep at all, suffering from insomnia.
Perhaps the most unusual way to awaken from sleep was invented by the great Spanish artist. He, like da Vinci, practiced polyphasic sleep, but in order to surely wake up, he came up with a strange but effective way. Before going to bed, Dali put a metal tray near the bed, and took a spoon in his hands. As soon as he fell asleep, his hands relaxed and the spoon fell - from the roar, the artist woke up. According to him, this practice often gave him new ideas.
Honore de Balzac
The writer went to bed at 6 pm and woke up at 1 am. Then he sat down to work, and at 8 am went to doze for an hour and a half. The rest of the time he naturally devoted to work.
An integral part of the awakening and going to bed of the great scientist is a walk. He went to bed after midnight, but always woke up at 7 in the morning. After getting up, Darwin went for a walk without fail. In the evening, around 9 pm, Darwin allowed himself to take a nap for about 30 minutes, then went for a walk again.
The famous physicist and scientist was obsessed with work, so sleep for him is empty waste of time. He slept no more than three hours a day, usually 2 hours between 2 am and 4 am, then dozed for 20 minutes around noon.
We are not encouraging you to stick to any of these sleep techniques, but we advise you to get enough sleep and maintain the right balance between sleep and wakefulness.