Look up habits of successful people, and one thing comes up over and over: Successful people tend to wake up early.
But before you attempt to reprogram your sleepy brain, consider this: While, yes, early birds do get some worms, naturally late risers get some perks, too.
One Spanish study suggested that night owls who sleep in may be more intelligent than their day-bound peers, and Italian researchers found evidence that “evening types” might be also be more creative.
It may not be compatible with a standard office job, but as these 18 people prove, waking up late can definitely be compatible with success.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wakes around 8 a.m. and immediately checks in on the world on Facebook
In a Facebook Live session with Jerry Seinfeld, the Facebook cofounder and CEO tells the comedian that he was “never a morning person.”As Business Insider reports, Zuckerberg usually wakes around 8 a.m.
The very first thing he does in the morning, even before he gets out of bed to use the bathroom or put in his contact lenses, is check his phone.
He tells Seinfeld that he starts by looking at Facebook — “I like to know what’s going on in the world” — and then checks his messages on Messenger and What’sApp. “On a good, calm day, it’ll probably take no more than a few minutes,” he tells Seinfeld.
Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti ‘sleeps in’ to 8:30 a.m.
In the grand scheme of things, 8:30 a.m. barely qualifies as “sleeping in,” but in the context of business, it’s virtually afternoon.
In The Wire, Peretti — who also cofounded The Huffington Post — breaks down his incredibly civilized morning routine. “I usually sleep in to about 8:30,” he explains. Then he separates out the business or sports section of The New York Times (“the only two sections my wife lets me take”), grabs New York magazine, and heads for the subway.
New Yorker writer and TED speaker Kathryn Schulz does her best work in the middle of the night
Schulz is hardly the first writer to find that she’s at her most alert when everyone else is at their most asleep. Not that she’s necessarily happy about it. “I sometimes think I would give anything to be a morning person,” she writes in New York magazine.
Instead, her writing brain kicks in at about 10 p.m., she explains. Just after 3 a.m., she’s faced with a choice. “If I put my work away and go to bed, I will fall asleep almost instantly, and can be up and functional again by nine.” Or she can stay up for the rest of the night, napping for a few hours “from six to eight, or eight to ten.”