The Elite Don’t Sleep

So that’s their secret! Melinda Beck reports for the Wall Street Journal:

For a small group of people—perhaps just 1% to 3% of the population—sleep is a waste of time.

Natural “short sleepers,” as they’re officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, then get up just a few hours later and barrel through the day without needing to take naps or load up on caffeine.

They are also energetic, outgoing, optimistic and ambitious, according to the few researchers who have studied them. The pattern sometimes starts in childhood and often runs in families.

While it’s unclear if all short sleepers are high achievers, they do have more time in the day to do things, and keep finding more interesting things to do than sleep, often doing several things at once.

Nobody knows how many natural short sleepers are out there. “There aren’t nearly as many as there are people who think they’re short sleepers,” says Daniel J. Buysse, a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional group.

Out of every 100 people who believe they only need five or six hours of sleep a night, only about five people really do, Dr. Buysse says. The rest end up chronically sleep deprived, part of the one-third of U.S. adults who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, according to a report last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

[continues in the Wall Street Journal]

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  • Grooveboss

    My penis does not sleep. I wish it did

  • Grooveboss

    My penis does not sleep. I wish it did

  • Rex Vestri

    We refer to these individuals as “meth users”

  • Rex Vestri

    We refer to these individuals as “meth users”

  • justagirl

    i know one who does not sleep. he’s a masterpiece of a human being and apparently masturbated in the womb. maybe that has something to do with it.

  • justagirl

    i know one who does not sleep. he’s a masterpiece of a human being and apparently masturbated in the womb. maybe that has something to do with it.

  • phunkychic666

    “Thanh Nien, he is best known for his claim of being awake for 33 years!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Ngoc

    “Al Herpin died on January 3, 1947 at the age of 94. His death saw another New York Times story more skeptical of his claim:

    Death came today for Alfred E. Herpin, a recluse who lived on the outskirts of the city and insisted that he never slept. He was 94 years old and, when questioned concerning his claim of “sleeplessness”, maintained that he never actually dozed but merely “rested”. No other person with total insomnia has lived for such a long period of time. It was likely that he died for other reasons, not sleep deprivation, as his insomnia did not seem to have any effect on his health.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Herpin

  • phunkychic666

    “Thanh Nien, he is best known for his claim of being awake for 33 years!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Ngoc

    “Al Herpin died on January 3, 1947 at the age of 94. His death saw another New York Times story more skeptical of his claim:

    Death came today for Alfred E. Herpin, a recluse who lived on the outskirts of the city and insisted that he never slept. He was 94 years old and, when questioned concerning his claim of “sleeplessness”, maintained that he never actually dozed but merely “rested”. No other person with total insomnia has lived for such a long period of time. It was likely that he died for other reasons, not sleep deprivation, as his insomnia did not seem to have any effect on his health.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Herpin

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Yeah because you sleep when you’re dead … how do you think the ‘elite’ (aka ‘New World Order’) gets so much done … : )

  • ralph

    Yeah because you sleep when you’re dead … how do you think the ‘elite’ (aka ‘New World Order’) gets so much done … : )

  • Andrew

    This is why the elite make such shitty decisions.

    • Sleeplessinyourmom

      Jealous much..

  • Andrew

    This is why the elite make such shitty decisions.

  • Butter Knife

    My dad is one of these people.

    He has several ways of being an infuriating human being, this is just one of them.

    I struggle to only sleep for 8 hours.

  • Butter Knife

    My dad is one of these people.

    He has several ways of being an infuriating human being, this is just one of them.

    I struggle to only sleep for 8 hours.

  • Sleeplessinyourmom

    Jealous much..

  • Haystack

    It’s because they have no souls, and therefore do not require time to dream.

  • Haystack

    It’s because they have no souls, and therefore do not require time to dream.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I often load up on caffeine and I know I’m sleep deprived so my bed at 2am, up at 6:30 for work thing doesn’t include me in this group. Wish it did.

  • quartz99

    Sadly, I often load up on caffeine and I know I’m sleep deprived so my bed at 2am, up at 6:30 for work thing doesn’t include me in this group. Wish it did.

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