11 Bizarre Sleeping Habits Of Highly Successful People

One of a professional’s most important daily rituals is how and when they sleep, since this affects how well they perform on the job.
For people at the top, who often face intense pressure and packed schedules, sometimes these sleeping habits can be quite strange.

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, for instance, sleeps in a chamber that’s 8,500 to 9,000 feet above sea level to force his body to work even while resting. Meanwhile, famed writer Charles Dickens always slept facing north, and inventor Nikola Tesla never slept for more than two hours a night.

Here’s a look at the most bizarre sleeping habits of highly successful people.

Tom Cruise sleeps in a sound-proof 'snoratorium.'

Cruise's snores are apparently so bad, he sleeps in a sound-proof 'snoratorium.'

'Whoever uses the snoring room cannot be heard outside the locked door,' an alleged visitor to the actor's house told the Daily Mail. 'It's very small, comfortable and dark, maybe a former nursery.'

Winston Churchill took a two-hour nap every day.

Every day at 5 p.m., the prime minister would drink a weak whisky and soda before taking a nap for nearly two hours. Churchill said this 'siesta,' or short nap, allowed him to get one and a half day's worth of work out of every 24 hours.

Churchill was known to be a night owl and would often work through the night. Due to his irregular sleep schedule, he was said to hold War Cabinet meetings in his bath.

Mariah Carey surrounds her bed with 20 humidifiers and needs 15 hours of shut-eye per night.

'I've got to sleep 15 hours to sing the way I want to,' Carey told Interview magazine in 2007. She also admitted to sleeping with 20 humidifiers around her bed.

'Basically, it's like sleeping in a steam room,' she said.

All of Stephen King's pillows are pointed in a certain direction.

According to Lisa Rogak's book 'Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King,' the science fiction writer explains his odd night-time ritual as:

'I brush my teeth, I wash my hands. Why would anybody wash their hands before they go to bed? I don't know. And the pillows are supposed to be pointed a certain way. The open side of the pillowcase is supposed to be pointed in toward the other side of the bed. I don't know why.'

Leonardo da Vinci's sleep schedule included 20-minute naps every four hours.

Da Vinci followed an extreme form of a polyphasic sleep schedule called the Uberman sleep cycle, which consists of 20-minute naps every four hours.

This unconventional sleep cycle may have given the artist/inventor/scientist more awake time during his days, but could have also made it difficult for him to work on long-term projects.

Eminem puts tin foil on his windows to keep out the light.

Most people put dark shades on their windows to keep their rooms dark, but rapper Eminem takes it to another level by wrapping tin foil around his windows to get better quality sleep.

Novelist Emily Brontë walked around in circles until she fell asleep.

The 19th century novelist and poet suffered from insomnia and walked around her dining room table to get sleepy.

Marissa Mayer catches up on sleep during weeklong vacations every four months.

Yahoo's CEO is known to be a workaholic, sometimes clocking as many as 130 hours in a week, which doesn't leave her much time for sleep. She is said to recharge every four months by taking weeklong vacations.

Charles Dickens slept facing north to improve his creativity.

The writer always kept a navigation compass with him to ensure that he wrote and slept facing north and believed that this quirky practice improved his creativity.

Dickens supposedly suffered from insomnia.

Michael Phelps sleeps in a chamber that's 8,500 to 9,000 feet above sea level.

By placing his bedroom at this high altitude, Phelps decreases oxygen, which forces his body to work harder to produce more red blood cells and deliver oxygen to his muscles. It also helps Phelps increase his endurance performance and prepare himself for competitions at high elevations.

'Once I'm already in my room I still have to open a door to get into my bed,' Phelps said on CBS News program '60 Minutes' in 2012. 'It's just like a giant box. It's like 'boy and the bubble.''

Inventor Nikola Tesla never slept for more than two hours a day.

Tesla got more out of the day with his limited sleep schedule. He claimed to never sleep for more than two hours a day and reportedly once worked for 84 hours in a lab without sleep.

'I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success ... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything,' he said.

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