The stereotypical notion of creative geniuses forgoing sleep as they scribble or paint or solve equations might be way off. Some of the most creative minds in history went to bed surprising early and got up late. Check out just how much sleep people like Benjamin Franklin, Victor Hugo and Maya Angelou got in this New York Magazine graphic by Mason Currey.

Click on the link below to read the full, fascinating article.

When Genius Slept

Brilliance, it seems, is the product of a well-rested mind, not artistic all-nighters. Here, the bedtimes kept by history’s brightest, as collected in the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey.

  • Satin

    this is boring!, Yaawn I am going to sleep now.

  • JonnyWhite

    It’s a nice idea but a poorly designed infographic. The hours of sleep should go up or down as one moves outward into the circle. It seems to be randomly organized, with some sleeping 10pm-6am on the inside and some also on the outside (see Simenon vs. Hugo). One can not easily look and see who got the most or the least sleep, nor then categorize by contribution. Step it up. Read Tufte or McCandless.

  • MamaSchulze

    It’s just set up like a clock, kinda cool but the article states they went to bed early and got up late. Most were in bed between 10 and 12 and up around 6-7. That sounds rather normal to me. There are some exceptions but isn’t there always?

  • Kara Aharon

    Most of them didn’t sleep very late. Not surprising that before electricity people did more of their sleeping when it was dark.

  • m

    A. i guess i’m wondering what the definition of ‘creative genius’ is and
    B. It feels like the sample is too small to draw the conclusions being drawn

  • About… 5 to17hrs of sleep…… ^ ^

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