Can you survive with 3 hours sleep?

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There are numerous accounts of successful people who only sleeps about 3-4 hours. I sleep about 6-7 hours.. and hopefully would strech myself to 3-4 hours by the end of the year.

How much do you sleep?
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  • Profile picture of the author hazyl lee
    Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
    • Profile picture of the author brute77
      Hezyl, I agree with you where health is concerned but totally disagree where success is concerned.

      My study shows all successful people sleep only for 3-4 hours.. they have trained their body over the years..
    • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
      Originally Posted by hazyl lee View Post

      Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
      Well, I agree! Maybe I can survive with 3 hours sleep only on the first day. On the second day, I need to sleep longer or else I won't function properly. I would say sleep is very important.
    • Profile picture of the author jay walters
      Originally Posted by hazyl lee View Post

      Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
      I totally agree with hazyl lee. Nothing is more important than the health of our body. At the end of the day, work will remain work and we never run out of work but our body will always find itself worn out and needs some rest.
  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

    Diddy (Famous for sleeping less than 4 hours a day)

    ďI'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.

    ďSleep is forbidden. When Iím working, Iím a machine and I donít look at other people like they are human.

    ďI'm working when you're sleeping!! When you think you've done enough for the day, KEEP GOING!!

    Silvio Berlusconi (Famous for sleeping 2-4 hours a day)

    "I am constantly working and I don't sleep more than two hours a night.

    "Work, work, work - I am almost German.

    Jerry Weintraub (Famous for sleeping 4-5 hours a day)

    Jerry Weintraub on sacrificing sleep:

    ďI made a choice for career and for success. When you make that choice, you give up something - you have to give up something. I worked 24 hours a day and still do, seven days a week. I don't know about Saturday or Sunday, I don't know about holidays and vacations.

    Donald Trump (Known for sleeping 3-5 hours a day)

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way.

    Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

    "I literally require no sleep. I can go to sleep for two hours, three hours, and I get up and can kill it.

    "It's not that I don't get a lot of sleep, it's that I don't require a lot of sleep.

    "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

    Darryn Lyons (3-5 hour sleeper)

    "Working like a dog during the week wore me out, so I would try and catch up on sleep at weekends.?I didnít want to let a minute go past without trying to make money. To this day, I wonít go near washing and ironing. Itís such a bad use of time.

    "In this job, a typical working day is one that never ends. Iím usually awake by around 5 or 6 a.m, and most of the time I donít get to bed till 2 or 3 a.m.

    "If I have to work around the clock to make something happen, then Iíll do it. People donít want to work the hours I work, and nobody works as hard as I do. They simply canít do it Ė but work is the reason we went fro Ďlittleí pictures to f***ing BIG pictures."

    Damon Dash (4-6 hour sleeper)

    "I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them.

    "I work hard, so I surround myself with people that work just as hard. It's important if you want to create a successful brand. Also, the concept of being "tired" doesnít really apply to me. In fact, I donít even consider "tired" tired. If you want to succeed and be successful, you canít let it bother you.

    "I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they donít get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think itís about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed

    "You have to walk it like you talk it. My greatest example is myself and if I can continue to work so can they, you know what I mean? Unless you got more money than me, I don't see how anybody could be relaxing. And even if they have more money they shouldn't be relaxing with it. If you don't have what I have, and I am still putting in the work, I don't see how someone else still is (relaxing).

    Martha Stewart (2- 4 hour sleeper)

    It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now.

    Aristotle Onassis (Used to sleep 4 Hours day)

    Aristotle on sacrificing sleep:

    ďDon't sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

    ďDon't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles.


    What do you think?
    • Profile picture of the author Vienn
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

      Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

      "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

      OMG, I don't see sleep like that. I value sleep very much and never think sleeping "waste any minute" of my life. In fact, I find that I'm less efficient when I don't get enough sleep. I'm also very touchy and unable to concentrate. In short, my life is not so good when I don't get enough sleep.

      That's why one of the things I really hate is people messing up with my sleep like when calling while I'm catching my Zs and playing music, even if it's not that loud, but still audible.

      Like Oddah said it's about finding what's right for you. IMHO, having a few hours of sleep so you have more time to work shouldn't be considered a contribution to success.
    • Profile picture of the author Chetz Togom
      I believe that you can train your body to sleep less instead of what they said, 7-8 hours. There was also finding that previously, people didn't really sleep 7-8 hours straight. They slept 4 hours, woke up, did some work (even visited friends at 2 or 3 am) and then went back to sleep.

      I tried to sleep only 3-4 hours a day... so far I sleep around 1 or 2 am and wake up at 6 am... then in the afternoon I take a one hour nap. It kinda works for me.

      Chetz Togom
    • Profile picture of the author cobwab
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

      Diddy (Famous for sleeping less than 4 hours a day)

      ďI'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.

      ďSleep is forbidden. When Iím working, Iím a machine and I don’t look at other people like they are human.

      ďI'm working when you're sleeping!! When you think you've done enough for the day, KEEP GOING!!

      Silvio Berlusconi (Famous for sleeping 2-4 hours a day)

      "I am constantly working and I don't sleep more than two hours a night.

      "Work, work, work - I am almost German.

      Jerry Weintraub (Famous for sleeping 4-5 hours a day)

      Jerry Weintraub on sacrificing sleep:

      ďI made a choice for career and for success. When you make that choice, you give up something - you have to give up something. I worked 24 hours a day and still do, seven days a week. I don't know about Saturday or Sunday, I don't know about holidays and vacations.

      Donald Trump (Known for sleeping 3-5 hours a day)

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way.

      Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

      "I literally require no sleep. I can go to sleep for two hours, three hours, and I get up and can kill it.

      "It's not that I don't get a lot of sleep, it's that I don't require a lot of sleep.

      "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

      Darryn Lyons (3-5 hour sleeper)

      "Working like a dog during the week wore me out, so I would try and catch up on sleep at weekends.?I didnít want to let a minute go past without trying to make money. To this day, I wonít go near washing and ironing. Itís such a bad use of time.

      "In this job, a typical working day is one that never ends. Iím usually awake by around 5 or 6 a.m, and most of the time I donít get to bed till 2 or 3 a.m.

      "If I have to work around the clock to make something happen, then Iíll do it. People donít want to work the hours I work, and nobody works as hard as I do. They simply canít do it Ė but work is the reason we went fro Ďlittleí pictures to f***ing BIG pictures."

      Damon Dash (4-6 hour sleeper)

      "I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them.

      "I work hard, so I surround myself with people that work just as hard. It's important if you want to create a successful brand. Also, the concept of being "tired" doesnít really apply to me. In fact, I donít even consider "tired" tired. If you want to succeed and be successful, you canít let it bother you.

      "I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they donít get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think itís about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed

      "You have to walk it like you talk it. My greatest example is myself and if I can continue to work so can they, you know what I mean? Unless you got more money than me, I don't see how anybody could be relaxing. And even if they have more money they shouldn't be relaxing with it. If you don't have what I have, and I am still putting in the work, I don't see how someone else still is (relaxing).

      Martha Stewart (2- 4 hour sleeper)

      It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now.

      Aristotle Onassis (Used to sleep 4 Hours day)

      Aristotle on sacrificing sleep:

      ďDon't sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

      ďDon't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles.


      What do you think?
      Sounds good to me.
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    It is about finding what is right for you ..

    I am bi polar i can go long periods of time with only 3-4 hours of sleep a night .. and then crash for a few days .. but i am never able to sleep more than 8.. well thats a lie when i tried meds .. i couldn't get enough sleep ..

    honestly when you find your rythym and what you are ment to do you won't need as much sleep .. but if your body needs rest always rest enough ..

    are they successfull because they only sleep 4 hours a night ... or because they get so much energy from what they do .. they just don't need as much sleep
  • Profile picture of the author Madisonseo
    I need at least 10 hours minimum
    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Can you survive with 3 hours sleep?
      Not for long before some one would shoot me or put a stake through my heart mistaking me for a zombie!

      I need my beauty sleep.

      Seriously though, I personally wouldn't want to try and emulate any of those people because everyone should know what they need for their optimal performance and it just so happens that 3 or 4 hours of sleep isn't mine.

      And besides, not enough sleep can lead to weight gain and cause the body's natural healing process to fail.

      Terra
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    most of the time my brain doesn't even fully turn on until 9 or 10 pm a night ..no matter what i do i can't stop this from happening.. so it is only recently that i have began to look for a way to benifit from instead of fight it
  • Profile picture of the author SchenkerF
    If you don't sleep because of work, you are stressed, even if you don't realize it and after some time you'll get a burnout.. that's normal, being stressed and forgetting everything around you - even your health, and than all of a sudden, it will hit you...
  • Profile picture of the author therenegadeleader
    Well, I don't think I would survive that short hours of sleep. Rest is very important to me in order to be more productive in the next day. But if sometimes over time will be necessary, I wouldn't mind sleeping 3hrs but for the whole week with that kind of sleeping hours. I doubt I survive that.
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    are you ever financially free if you have to endager your health to be more productive .. or shal i say appear to be more productive ..

    It's your choice if you want to be a slave to getting more money .. but if your makeing enough money to live and you just don't need more than 4 hours sleep ..enjoy
    • Profile picture of the author XYZGirlBiz
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      are you ever financially free if you have to endager your health to be more productive .. or shal i say appear to be more productive ..

      It's your choice if you want to be a slave to getting more money .. but if your makeing enough money to live and you just don't need more than 4 hours sleep ..enjoy
      ^This. To each her/his own, but sleep is something every human needs. Trading your health for money/success doesn't sound very appealing to me.
  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
      The answer to that question would maybe be twofold. 'Success' by its term is subjective and people can spend time differently, perhaps more wisely than the person who spends more time doing less of the same thing.

      ....like styling their hair for instance, which may, in the eyes of some, be a 'success' in some cases.
  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
    • Profile picture of the author NoobSensei
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
      But for every successful person who is on your list of quotes of minimal sleepers, there may be hundreds of others who sleep a "normal" amount.

      Besides, it's not at all clear if it's even possible to "train" your body to need less sleep (beyond just living a healthy lifestyle). Some people just don't require as much sleep as others.
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    actually i think the quote should just be .. how does one sleep 12-14 hours a day .....and if that is a priority for you .. you only really need enough to buy an extremly comfortable bed ..

    then again .. he might have un knowingly been refering to hugh hefner ..and i'd stay in bed 12 hours a day if i had and endless supply of playboy bunnies ..
  • Profile picture of the author Gavin8492
    I NEED my 8 hours or I can't function at all lol
  • Profile picture of the author AaronMorton
    Brute77 my question to u is how successful r u at the moment with the amount of waking hours you have currently?
    • Profile picture of the author brute77
      Originally Posted by AaronMorton View Post

      Brute77 my question to u is how successful r u at the moment with the amount of waking hours you have currently?
      @Aaron : I sleep about 8-10 hrs which I think is a ridiculous waste of time. I could easily accomplish more with atleast an added 3 hours i.e. 100 hrs extra a month!!
  • Profile picture of the author Bluestarace
    In time of need, I actually can. But I don't prefer it. I am more productive with at least 6 hours of sleep.
  • Profile picture of the author charlesparkered
    I can't think properly when i sleep below 5 hours, i'm not sure how they survive on 3hours sleep.
  • Profile picture of the author automaton
    Personally, I don't now how great would be for me only 3 hours of sleep and how efficient I would be. However, there are people who are doing polyphasic sleep and sleeping only 2 hours daily, by autodiscipline (they sleep 20 minutes at a few hours distance and this routine has to be strictly followed) and educating their bodies.
  • Profile picture of the author Bigfoot1
    I prefer 8-9 hours of sleep, sometimes more, sometimes less.

    The key is to make your life so interesting that you'd rather be awake than sleep. Thats what happens when you live a life doing interesting stuff and work you love.
    • Profile picture of the author Larryheat
      I remeber an old quote, a relative once said to me- he never seemed to sleep and I asked him about it. He said "I'll sleep forever when I am dead". Unfortunetly he had short life-perhaps from lack of sleep.
      I worked my way through college and after 5+ years with still 1.5 years to go I got frustrated-I took a full time job in a food processing plant- the hours where 7pm to 7am 3 days a week and 7pm to 1am for the 4th day then 3.5 days off.
      I went to school full time while I did this crazy schedule. I would get home at 8 am go to classes until about 1:30pm get to sleep by 2pm be at work zonked on coffee by 7pm. The shift swirled around a rotating schedule: Some weekends off others on. The off weekends while my friends went to parties I slept.
      I lived for several years on this schedule and to this day I can function OK on a few hours of sleep. BUT after a fewweeks I need a good solid 10 hours to recharge and rejuvenate. However most of my average sleep is 5 to 7 hours per night. We are all wired differently when it comes to sleep, my wife needs 9 to 10 hours every night. For her it is early to bed early to rise!
      LTH
  • Profile picture of the author Richard A.Cox
    I don't think there is any correlation at all.

    It seems to be used as some sort of badge of honor amongst people of a certain mindset, their dislike of sleep a by-product of a feverish mind perhaps.


    "When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits."

    ---Warren Buffett
    Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Chairman's Letter
    • Profile picture of the author identisk
      Leonardo da Vinci
      Some sources claim that the legendary artist Leonardo Da Vinci was able to stay awake and alert almost 22 hours of every day, all the while working on brilliant artworks and inventions. He slept only 1.5 - 2 hours a day taking a nap 15 - 20 minutes for every four hours that he was awake.

      Nikola Tesla
      One of the greatest inventors claimed to sleep just 2 - 3 hours a day.

      Thomas Jefferson
      Thomas Jefferson is considered to be a polyphasic sleeper. He slept only 2 hours a day.

      Thomas Edison
      The great scientist remarked that he slept less than 5 hours a night.

      Sir Isaac Newton
      Sir Isaac Newton needed 3-4 hours of sleep daily.
  • Profile picture of the author JuanDestruct
    i have experienced moments in my life wherein i get soo much excited that i forget to get tired... these occur for days. perhaps that's just it. if you 1.) enjoy working so much that you are actually 2.) less stressed and 3.) your body is less likely to get tired.

    perhaps a 15 min power nap is enough.

    unfortunately, i had that experience while playing civilization 4.
    • Profile picture of the author Jakro
      Originally Posted by JuanDestruct View Post

      i have experienced moments in my life wherein i get soo much excited that i forget to get tired...

      unfortunately, i had that experience while playing civilization 4.
      I had this too!
  • Profile picture of the author Dex88
    In my opinion, it really depends with how you actually define success.

    If what success means to you is having a lot of money, I don't think you have to lessen your sleeping hours permanently for this. You just have to find ways how you can manage your time more efficiently and not micromanage everything.

    If you are passionate about your work though, and its not just about the money, then I can totally understand why you would want to lessen your sleeping hours.

    That's just my opinion though.

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