The unusual sleeping patterns of geniuses.
No-one knows why some people are more intelligent than others, some people think it’s the way we are born, others believe it can be achieved.
One thing that we can be sure of is that geniuses usually share some pretty strange characteristics.
Some of the greatest minds of previous generations were known to indulge in unusual sleeping behaviors in order to pack in more time studying and researching.
Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla both used to sleep for only small amounts per night, da Vinci for only 15 minutes at a time.
From Claudio Stampi’s book ‘Why we nap’:
“He would sleep 15 minutes out of every four hours, for a daily total of only 1.5 hours of sleep. Therefore, it appears he was able to gain an extra six productive hours a day. By following this unique regimen, he ‘gained’ an additional 20 years of productivity during his 67 years of life.”
Tesla on the other hand only slept in two hour increments in any 24 hour period. This might have been to do with the fact that he had a suspected mental breakdown at the age of 25.
The Smithsonian Magazine writes:
“Professors at the university warned Tesla’s father that the young scholar’s working and sleeping habits were killing him“.
Napping is scientifically proven to help improve concentration and increase focus and energy. It has been suggested that the current 8 hour sleeping period may not be the most beneficial for human health, but we have enslaved ourselves into this routine by the creation of the modern working week.
The Uberman sleep schedule is a process of sleeping for 20 minutes at a time throughout the day, having only 6 in total. This method of sleeping has not been tested in the long run, but purponents of the schedule say that it is better for them than the regular 8 hour increments.
H/T Simple Capacity