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37 Successful Entrepreneurs

Q1. How many hours a day you sleep, what's your bedtime and wake up time?
Q2. Do you think napping helps you, or is it a waste of time? What is your favourite time to take a nap and how long it goes?
The significance of these simple questions magnifies manifolds when they are being answered by world renowned successful entrepreneurs. You will learn more about it as HomeArena intend to help you sleep well by sharing with you "What These 37 Successful Entrepreneurs Do to Sleep Well".

rand fishkin
1-

Rand Fishkin:

1. I need a full 8 hours - if I get less than 7 for more than a couple days in a row, I'm a wreck. I usually go to sleep around 1am and wake up ~9am.

2. I've never been able to successfully nap, even when I'm extremely tired. That's another reason 8 hours at night is so critical for me.

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Larry Kim
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Larry Kim:

1. It's kind of crazy these days because I have a 13-month old with terrible sleep training who wakes up 1-3 times per night. I haven't slept for more than 5 hours straight in a year.

2. YES. Naps are amazing. Saturday or Sunday afternoon when your kid(s) take a nap.

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Neil Patel
3-

Neil Patel:

1. I get around 8 hours of sleep each day. I sleep around 11pm and I wake up at 7am.

2. I don't really nap. As long I get a good night's rest I don't need to nap.

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Derek Halpern
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Derek Halpern:

1. I'm often asleep before midnight, and I wake up before 6:00am (sometimes as early as 4:30am).

2. I don't nap, but I do change what I do every few hours. As an example: if I wake up and write for 2 hours, and then I'll go for a walk for 30 minutes. Then I'll do more work for 2 hours. And then I'll go for another walk for 30 minutes. Then I'll work another 2 hours. And then I'll go to the gym. And I keep doing something to "break up the day" every 2 hours.

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Eric Siu
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Eric Siu:

1. I sleep 7-8 hours a night. Usually sleep at 9:30-10 and wake up at 6-6:30.

2. I think napping is great, but I don't usually nap (because I have a weird need to shower and be clean before I go to bed).

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Anita Campbell
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Anita Campbell:

1. Usually asleep at midnight, awake by 6 or 6:30 am. Sometimes I sleep longer, but often my mind is so busy that I can't wait to get up. I used to get by with five hours of sleep. I just had so much energy. But as I get a little older, I enjoy a little more sleep.

2. I don't nap -- never really been able to shut my mind off during the day. I take walks outside in my garden instead, or go for a 30 minute bike ride mid-day. Those activities relax my mind.

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Laurie S Hurley
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Laurie S Hurley:

1. I get at least 8 hours of sleep - go to bed at 10:30 and get up at 6:30.

2. Yes! I am an avid napper - just about 30 minutes and it's a great way to refresh. If I nap, I do so about 2:00 p.m. for 30 minutes.

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Ian Cleary
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Ian Cleary:

1. I go to bed at 10.30 and get up at 5.30. I like to be in the office from 6am, so I get 6 hours work before Mid-day. That is when I go to the Gym!

2. If I didn't go to the gym at lunchtime, I'd feel tired in the afternoon and I would hate to nap during a work day. The gym refreshes me and then I'm ready for work later on. I do tend to nap on the couch later in the evening, but my work is finished then. I know friends that can do power naps, but that doesn't work for me.

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Bill Sebald
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Bill Sebald:

1. 11:30 – 9:00 am. I've always been one who required a lot of sleep, so I make sure I get it. If I'm short, I find I have more issues with all the daily juggling.

2. Napping helps me. A good 20 minute nap seems to be better than hours of "dragging" through the day.

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Lincoln Murphy
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Lincoln Murphy:

1. 3-12 depending entirely on what my schedule is the next day and whether I'm at home and will need to take my dog out

2. I don't take naps on purpose... but I routinely fall asleep in the middle of the day

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Kristi Hines
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Kristi Hines:

1. Usually 6 - 8 hours between 10pm to 6am.

2. Not at all. If you're struggling to get anything done because you can't stay awake, a short nap (no more than 30 minutes) can be a great refresher.

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Tim Sae Koo
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Tim Sae Koo:

1. Sleep by 1, wake up at 8 - 7 hours.

2. No, but I don't nap. I meditate during the day to relax and work out the brain.

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Sujan Patel
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Sujan Patel:

1. I sleep 6-7 hours a day. Sleep sometime between 11pm-12am and wake up at 6am.

2. I never had the luxury of taking naps during the weekdays. Personally, I don't think napping is a very product use of one's time. When I'm feeling tired in day, I usually take a walk or get fresh air.

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Ana Hoffman
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Ana Hoffman:

1. I'd rather work fewer hours per day, but be effective and efficient vs have more hours to work, but with a foggy head due to lack of sleep. Thus, I try to get as close to 8 hours of sleep as I can.

2. If I get to a point when I can't think straight, taking a nap makes a lot more sense than struggle to stay awake and produce mediocre work product. I love naps and, while I don't take them that often, I don't feel guilty when I need one. I nap as long as my body needs to.

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Robbie Richards
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Robbie Richards:

1. I typically sleep 7hrs/day and try to get to bed around 11pm.

2. I don't take naps, but can see how they help some people. Matter of personal preference, everyone is different.

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Sue Anne Dunlevie
16-

Sue Anne Dunlevie:

1. I personally need 8 hours of sleep a night. I usually go to bed around 10 pm and wake up around 6 am. (or when my dog decides he wants to go outside!)

2. Napping is something I do several times a week and always on weekends. I usually lay down around 3 pm for at least an hour to decompress and I usually end up falling asleep for 30 minutes or so. It refreshes me, so that I can get more work done after my nap.

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Ann Handley
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Ann Handley:

1. I try for 8 hours. Generally succeed at getting 7 hours. I try to be in bed by 11 and up by 6:30. Reality is that it's more 12-7.

2. I rarely nap. If I'm really tired (say, post red-eye flight), I'll lie down for a bit and rest. But I rarely fall asleep, because I'm repelled by naps, it seems. Or maybe naps repel me.

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Ross Hudgens
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Ross Hudgens:

1. I sleep 8 hours pretty consistently and go to bed around 10PM, wakeup 7:30AM without an alarm.

2. I normally only nap on weekends - during the week, I think the better idea is just to get sufficient sleep at night and be mentally sharp throughout the day.

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Aaron Wall
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Aaron wall:

1. I sleep anywhere from 6 to 14 hours a day. My sleep hasn't been regularly scheduled at time x, in part because work and motivation both come in chunks in SEO & I recently went through over 3 months of (loud) condo construction which makes it hard to work during much of the day, so I tried to work at night.

2. Napping is great. Part of the reason we have a tiny company is to have flexibility. I work many hours each day, but if anything ever comes up, I can time shift stuff around. Work longer one day and nap a bit more the next.

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Sean Si
20-

Sean Si:

1. I try my best to sleep at least 8 hours a day. I sleep around 12am and wake up at 8am. I believe that my mental capacity is extremely important as a thought leader in my field and every time you do not sleep right, it affects your brain cells - which affect your overall mental capacity and processing.

2. It helps whenever your body is shutting down on you. A power nap should be around 15 minutes and that's it. I rarely take a nap though, as my evening rest is usually enough, plus the vitamins I'm taking.

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Eric Enge
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Eric Enge:

1. I target 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Typically, I go to bed around 10:30 or 11:00 PM, and wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM.

2. I typically don't take naps, except perhaps on a weekend day. That said, I don't think they are a waste of time, particularly if your sleep during the prior night was not good. In that case, a nap can be quite helpful. When I do take a nap, it tends to be around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

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Chris Brogan
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Chris Brogan:

1. I go to bed around 9pm and wake up around 6am, so that's 9 hours on average.

2. Naps are fine, if you need them. I sometimes nap for 40 minutes around 2pm.

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Daniel Goh
23-

Daniel Goh:

1. I sleep about 7 hours a day. I go to bed around 2am and wake around 9am.

2. I do nap sometimes, usually for a duration of 3 hours in the afternoons around 4pm on weekends.

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Andrea Vahll
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Andrea VahlL:

1. I try and sleep at least 7 hours per night. Sometimes if I'm working on a project, I don't achieve that, but I usually do. I typically go to bed between 10 and 10:30 pm and get up between 5:15 - 5:30 am to get my morning exercise in.

2. I love power naps when needed. I am constantly amazed at how refreshed a 10 minute nap can make me. I don't like napping much more than 20 minutes if possible. If I've had a really short night of 4-5 hours of sleep, sometimes a longer nap helps.

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Jimmy Daly
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Jimmy Daly:

Very interesting topic. I'm happy to contribute.

1. I head to bed at 11pm and get up around 7am. I need 8 hours or I have trouble concentrating on creative work.

2. I don't nap, but I do schedule breaks into my day for rest. Usually, that means walking my dog or reading.

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Mary Jaksch
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Mary Jaksch:

1. I usually go to bed at 11:30PM and wake up at 6:30 AM.

2. Naps are great. About three times a day, I nap in the afternoon. Even 20 minutes freshens up my brain and makes me more productive.

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Andrew Shotland
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Andrew Shotland:

1. I probably get about 6 hours of sleep per night, if that.

2. I don't nap, but that sounds like a really great idea right now.

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Bryan Eisenberg
28-

Bryan Eisenberg:

1. I sleep around 7 or so hours nightly. I normally like to wake up between 5:00 - 5:30 am and get an early start to day.

2. I don't nap, but I take physical breaks. I would rather get in 20 minutes working out, playing basketball, walking or swimming throughout the day to pick myself up. I will allow myself to nap if my body tells me I need it.

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Perry Marshall
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Perry Marshall:

1. I usually sleep from 11pm - 6am.

2. I take naps occasionally.

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Julie Joyce
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Julie Joyce:

1. I sleep at least 8 hours a day whenever possible, and if I ever get the chance, I sleep 10 hours or more. I have what I call my "sleep window", so whenever I feel like going to bed, I usually do it or else I end up becoming more awake and staying up too late. Generally, I try to be in bed by 10 pm at the latest, as I usually get up around 6am.

2. I am not a big napper, since I do plan to get enough sleep every night. I might take a nap once every 6 months. Whenever I have needed one, I definitely think it's helpful though and usually it's around 2pm or so when I do it, maybe for 30 minutes to an hour. Anything more than that screws up my sleeping for the night.

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Eric Knopf
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Eric Knopf :

1. About 7 hours. I go to bed around 10 to 10:30pm and wake up around 6am. My last two hours of the day are spent with my wife unwinding down the day and being present. I try not to work the last two hours of the day, that way I don't fret/think about whatever the issue or challenges I had for the day. I definitely try not to read email. I try and consume relaxing content or unwind with reading things that are interesting. I want to end my day on a good note. So, I will work on things that are fun or interesting. Before going to bed, I set up my coffee maker and also my morning breakfast ingredients (3 eggs, mixed with some turkey sausage or minced bacon). I wake up to the Top Gun anthem. Who wants to wake up to an alarm!? When I wake up at 6, I do NOT look at email or social media. I spend the first 5 minutes in complete silence – which feels like an hour. Then I spend about 10 minutes memorizing inspirational passages. Then I will write and read for about an hour. Then the kids get up and I will open my email for the first time around 7:30 or 8 am and see what is happening.

2. I usually don't have time to nap. At least not during the week days. For weekends, I will occasionally try and nap if the family time allows, but I don't get to nap usually in the week. I am also a light sleeper, so getting a nap can be quite difficult for me.

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John Doherty
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John Doherty:

1. I try to sleep at least 7.5-8 hours a night. I've never been able to function off of less than 6 hours of sleep, so I sleep more than that. My bedtime is between 11pm and midnight, and I always wake up around 8pm, even on weekends.

2. I think napping is a waste of time for me. I always wake up groggy and it takes me a few minutes to fall asleep. I can never accurately gauge when I should wake up either. Also, I am a side entrepreneur while working fulltime, so my day job is very busy and I often have meetings when I'd rather nap

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Mitch Joel
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Mitch Joel:

1. 6-8 hours. In bed around 10pm, up around 5 am

2. Naps are great. I have young children, so I have not done this in years. I grab little naps on flights, when I can. I substitute naps with stretching and meditation.

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Tara Jacobsen
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Tara Jacobsen:

1. 7 hour sleep is enough

2. I hardly ever nap. When I do, it is because I have completely exhausted myself.

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Laura Waage
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Laura Waage:

1.I've actually tested my sleep cycles for years, and know conclusively that I operate at peak performance when I get 7.5 hours of sleep.I crawl into bed at 9 pm every night (religiously) and read for 45 minutes. Typically I read something related to a topic I'm studying or a personal trait I'm trying to improve or develop. I personally subscribe to the belief that reading prior to going to sleep gives my brain an opportunity to subconsciously process and absorb the information. At 9:45 pm, lights out, and I'm generally asleep by 10 pm. My alarm is set for 5:45 am, but rarely goes off, as I generally wake at 5:30 am on my own.

2. I personally do not nap, as I find it disrupts my sleep patterns at night if I do. I know it works for some, but not for me.

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Eric Ward
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Eric Ward:

1.I sleep about 7 hours a day during the week, and 9 on weekends. We have three young kids, and we get them to bed by 9 pm, then I usually check email and social accounts for an hour at which point I can't keep my eyes open anymore. I wake at 5 am during the week and that gives me two extra productive hours to do some writing or planning before everyone else wakes up. On weekends, I sleep till the kids wake us, which is 7ish. (Side note. Before we had kids, I'd work non-stop, often falling asleep in my chair at my desk)

2.I know many believe in the power of naps, but I don't. I don't stop for lunch either. I can't waste that time during a work day. If I took a half hour nap and a half hour lunch every work day, that's over 200 lost hours of work in a year. Now, sometimes if I'm on a call about a really boring project, I'll ask an open-ended question and sleep while they are talking. Kidding!!!

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Bryan Hutchinson
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Bryan Hutchinson:

1.I try to sleep at least 7 hours. I go to bed around 10 pm and wake up around 5 am. I enjoy writing early in the morning before anyone else is awake.

2.I'm not really a napper, but I do enjoy napping from time to time. When I do it, it's usually not planned, but tends to be in the early afternoon around 1 pm.

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Conclusion
Unless you are able to withstand in your life the physical and mental onslaught you are daily exposed to, the chances of your success are really slim. In fact, it is more so for entrepreneurs, who have to bear tremendous pressures, from managing employees to convincing vendors and contractors. That is what makes a fulfilling sleep so much more vital for them. Hopefully, you get as much inspiration from their ways and habits of hitting the bed as you get from them while you wake up to face the world every single day.

Don't hesitate in sharing with us something special or unique about your ways of sleeping in the comment section below. Some of our entrepreneurs might have a thing or two for you to improve on your sleep.

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