The first step towards being a famous artist might not be talent, hard work, or even perseverance. It may just be going to bed at a reasonable hour. It’s not exactly avant-garde, but according to Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, many of history’s great creatives maintained pretty standard sleep habits. New York Magazine compiled the book’s many routines and created an infographic that has a remarkably consistent set of data. Most of the artists went to bed between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., and rose by 7 a.m.
There are a few outliers of course, like Honoré de Balzac, who kept notoriously crazy hours. His routine involved sleeping from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a nap from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. He also drank an absurd amount of coffee.