The sleeping schedule for 27 of history’s greatest minds

Beethoven, Tolstoy, Kant, and Milton: a few of the greatest thinkers and creative history had to offer. They also bust the myth of the sleep-deprived genius with most of them obtaining a whole 8 hours of peaceful rest.

Sleep, or the science thereof, and how it affects our creativity and productivity (and sanity!) get a lot of attention.

Some CEOs in the business world operate on as few as four hours of sleep, and pushing yourself to the edge is often associated with success or super-human abilities.

But is that really the case? Here’s an infographic created by New York magazine on the sleeping patterns of some of history’s greatest minds.

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