How to Sleep Less

Donald Trump sleeps 3-4 hours a night.

Hilary Clinton sleeps long nights and takes multiple naps throughout the day. She’s known to complain about not getting enough sleep.

Dirk Nowitzki, a one-time NBA champion, sleeps as much as possible.

Yet, Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, barely slept during his playing days. Jordan preferred to gamble late into the night and then play a round of golf before games.

Napoleon slept only a few hours per night, and that was during peace time. During military campaigns, he would take 15-20 minute catnaps and work around the clock.

Other greats had similar sleep habits: Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and Lord Byron, for example.

The good sleep as much as possible.

…But the best barely sleep.

Remarkably, they all still function at a high level. Higher than they would function after a full night’s rest.

“But we have to sleep! How can they possibly survive?”

Randall Collins, a sociologist at Stanford, has a theory for why. It’s called “Emotional Energy”.

Mr. Collins says the best are constantly in interactions and activities which pump their energy levels.

They do the things they love, around the clock.

Their days are a sequence of energy feedback loops. This keeps them constantly engaged and energized.

They give their energy to other people. The group’s heightened energy level feeds them in turn.

Picture Steve Jobs, on an hour of sleep, walking into an Apple engineer meeting.

He immediately tells everyone how pathetic their work is. A fight ensues with yelling and heated debated. Points and counterpoints are made on all sides.

After some back and forth, everyone ends on the same page (Jobs’ page). The engineers get back to work at a faster pace, motivated to prove Jobs wrong.

Jobs goes to the next meeting and does it again. Rinse and repeat for years.

So if you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution to improve your life, here’s one:

Don’t sleep.