Celeb Snooze Fest

11 April 2019 Katherine Smyrk

Celeb Snooze Fest

Celeb Snooze Fest

Famous people: they’re just like us! But when it comes to sleep, maybe not. Perhaps it’s the rigours of stardom, perhaps it’s the absence of drudging routine, perhaps they just need to have something that makes them eccentric, but for some reason, celebrities seem to sleep weirdly.

Nikola Tesla & Leonardo da Vinci
These two both followed what is known as the Uberman sleep cycle, which has nothing to do with ridesharing and everything to do with being a maniac.

Traditionally, the Uberman sleep cycle is made up of 20-minute naps, spaced throughout the day. Depending on how frequently you do it, it adds up to between two and three hours of sleep – for the whole day.

Albert Einstein
Bucking the trend of other science blokes of his time, Einstein loved sleep. He is said to have slept 10 hours a night and would often partake in an afternoon nap. Pure genius.

Winston Churchill
Churchill was a big fan of naps. This reportedly involved a 5pm whisky and soda, followed by a two-hour kip.

In his book The Gathering Storm, Churchill described napping as a “blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts 20 minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces”.

Donald Trump
The US President purports to sleep only three to four hours a night. “How does somebody that’s sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with someone that’s sleeping three or four?” he once asked in The New York Daily News.

Maybe he’s aiming to emulate other benevolent leaders Napoleon and Margaret Thatcher, who are said to have slept that little, too. Or maybe it’s #fakenews.

Mariah Carey
You can’t get falsetto like that with your bog-standard eight hours. The singer, actor and perfume mogul says she can’t sing properly unless she sleeps for 15 hours a day – double the amount of hours recommended for the average adult. She apparently also requires 20 humidifiers in the room.

Mary Shelley
The Frankenstein author suffered from sleep paralysis – a condition where you can’t move or speak when waking up or falling asleep, which sounds about as scary as a monster formed out of the dismembered limbs of the dead…

» Katherine Smyrk (@KSmyrk) is the Deputy Editor of The Big Issue.

» This article was first published in Ed#584.