Great performers are an exception. Typically, they sleep significantly more than the rest of us. In Anders Ericcson’s famous study of violinists, the top performers slept an average of 8 ½ hours out of every 24, including a 20 to 30 minute midafternoon nap some 2 hours a day more than the average American.
The top violinists also reported that except for practice itself, sleep was second most important factor in improving as violinists.
This is so true, writers! What good is one additional hour of productivity if it costs us a full day of lackluster performance tomorrow?
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