Stress, Sleep and Success

Sleep patterns can play a natural part in success stories. Whether people catch 4 hours of sleep in short bursts or a longer 10 hour stints, the effects of sleep are undeniably linked to performance.

But just how much does sleep impact levels of drive and focus, and even more, our mental health? Is sleep a way to destress and ensure healthy levels of success?

TEMPUR looks at how much sleep is considered the optimum amount, and how certain success stories show a different perspective…

What is the optimum amount of sleep?

We spend over 1/3 of our lives lying horizontally, and both the quality and quantity of sleep we get is essential to our health, mood and overall quality of life.

Many times we will put our bodies under strain by depriving them of sleep. But how much sleep do we really need?

The optimum amount of time spent asleep varies for different ages. According to The National Sleep Foundation, children should have the longest sleep, newborns in particular who sleep up to 17 hours a day.

  • Infants (4-11 months) – 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years) – 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5) – to 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13) – 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17) – 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25) and Adults (26-64) – 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+) – 7-8 hours

Quality or Quantity?

Whilst the amount of time we spend asleep is important, our quality of sleep is also vital as it can directly affect our physical and mental wellbeing. As we sleep, we enter a sleep cycle whereby five stages of sleep occur.

It’s imperative that we reach the deeper stages of sleep, otherwise known as REM sleep, as this is where our body repairs its tissues and muscles, as well as boosting the immune system and helping with the formation of memory.

A TEMPUR mattress helps you reach these deeper stages of sleep by relieving pressure and helping you feel weightless during sleep.

Stress and Sleep

Sleep is often disrupted when we feel stressed or anxious about things in our life; just think about how many times you’ve ‘lost sleep’ worrying over something in your life, or even worse, something that happened years ago…

Living in today’s world, it can be especially hard to ‘switch off’, leaving our minds racing when we should be catching ZZZ’s. But how can we prevent stress from having this affect, and make sure we reach those vital stages of sleep?

  • Meditation and Yoga – this can help quiet the mind. Yoga can be a way to wind down both mentally and physically
  • Sleep inducing scents – lavender and chamomile are known for their calming effects, perfect before sleep
  • Create a stress free, cosy atmosphere – ensure your bedroom is a place of relaxation, completely separate from everyday worries

Famous sleep patterns

Once we learn to combat the effects of stress on sleep, we can use sleep to improve our drive, focus and ultimately, success.

Here are some famous instances where alternative sleep patterns have impacted success:

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the UK – slept five hours, from 3am to 8am, and took a two hour nap every evening at 5pm which helped increase his productivity.

Michael Phelps, Olympianwith the title of The Greatest Olympian comes pressure, especially during sleep. When Phelps beds down, he does so in a chamber where the air pressure replicates that of high altitude settings.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Arts and Science Da Vinci’s sleep pattern consisted of 20 minute naps every four hours, known as the Uberman sleep cycle. Although this only clocks up to two hours of sleep a day, Da Vinci is commonly referred to as one of the greatest artists and thinkers of all time!


What is your normal sleep pattern? Do you find that stress can impact your sleep? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below…

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