09 April 2011

Sleepless Elite

Who are these people, what planet do they come from, and why do I hate them?
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.
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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.
Thanks for making me feel more inadequate and maladroit than I already do. I bet you also make $2 million/year and maintain athletic frames with nary a leg lift.
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