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The Sleeping Habits of Successful Women

The Sleeping Habits of Successful Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought I’d explore the sleeping habits of some of the most successful women in the world.

Why? Well, because taking a leaf out of Ellen DeGeneres’ book and bed habits may work in your favour.

Okay, you probably won’t transform into a multimillionaire overnight.

However you may find yourself becoming more productive at work which, in turn, will have you climbing up the ladder of success in no time.

Here you can learn the sleep routines of some of the world’s most successful women.

Ellen DeGeneres

The American comedian, best known for her TV talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is reported to have a net worth of $360 million and an annual salary of $75 million.

The TV host gets eight hours of shuteye a night, from 11pm to 7am. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults are recommended to sleep for seven to nine hours every night so, Ellen DeGeneres’ sleeping habits are spot on.


Jayne-Anne Gadhia

The British Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Money is another one who manages to sleep for eight hours every night. Jayne-Anne Gadhia told The Guardian in an interview that she aims to be in bed by 10:30pm every night and always sleeps like a log.

Unless she’s travelling, she sleeps from 10:30pm to 6:20am every night. That’s 6:20am without an alarm; a healthy and strong sleep schedule, indeed!

Jayne-Anne Gadhia
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Arianna Huffington

The co-founder of Huffington Post gets seven hours of slumber a night, from 10pm to 5am. Arianna Huffington believes that sleep ranks as number 1 when it comes to sharing her secret to success.

In fact, she previously told American nationwide Sunday newspaper magazine Parade: “When I get enough sleep, I’m better at everything. I’m better at running the Huffington Post, I’m more creative, I’m less reactive, I’m better with my children.”

It seems like sufficient sleep is the way forward according to Arianna Huffington.


Karen Blackett

The CEO of manages to get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. However, she admits to relying on vitamins to help her make up for lost sleep. Between looking after clients such as Audi, and being a mum, she survives on all the shuteye she can get.

While more sleep would be ideal for Karen Blackett, she swears by ginseng.



Indra Nooyi

The Pepsi Co. CEO sleeps for only five hours every night, drifting off at 11pm and rising at 4am. While this is much lower than the recommended amount of sleep, Indra Nooyi puts this down to her love for her job.

She has previously said:To be a CEO is a calling. You should not do it because it is a job. It is a calling and you have got to be involved in it with your head, heart and hands. Your heart has got to be in the job, you got to love what you do, it consumes you.”

Indra Nooyi doesn’t put sleep before the passion she has for the company.


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While some of these successful women could do with more sleep, they appear to have established sleeping schedules which work for them; they are some of the world’s most successful woman after all.

However, none of these women report struggling to sleep.

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