The President of the United States of America is the most demanding job in the world.
It’s no joke; as president, you’re a diplomat, a negotiator, a fighter, a peacemaker, a businessperson, a cheerleader, and a humanitarian. Sometimes all in the same day! And that’s on top of holding all the responsibilities and living up to moral and ethical expectations of what the POTUS should be. It can exhaust being the strongest leader in the free world, no wonder people think being the president ages you quicker!
To have the weight of the free world on your shoulders is tiring work. That’s why the President could use a good mattress to sleep on at night, such as an O Mattress from Mattress Omni, America’s favorite mattress. Maybe the President won’t develop strange sleep habits if he had a gel-infused memory foam mattress from Mattress Omni?
If there were memory foam mattresses like the O Mattress earlier in history, it might have saved many sleepless nights. Some of history’s most powerful figures have strange sleeping habits! Including a long litany of Presidents caught restless shouldering the burdens of our country.
Let’s check out a few strange sleep habits of POTUS past!
Presidential Night Owls
Everyone knows you need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function properly. But sometimes presidents don’t have enough time in their day to finish their work, much less crash on their innerspring mattress. That’s why quite a few presidents went on as little as 4 to 6 hours of sleep a day.
Jealous? Don’t be. A lack of sleep can severely impact your health.
These famous nap dodgers include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, James Madison, and Chester Arthur. Even Donald Trump runs on a rumored 4 to 5 hours sleep a night, and without coffee or tea to perk him up. Talk about energy! But a few are insomniacs like Abraham Lincoln. Kept restless as the cannons thundered during the Civil War. Thomas Jefferson was a polyphasic sleeper, getting 2 hours of sleep a day at different times.
They didn’t have the O Mattress. Our memory foam absorbs movement and keeps you cool in your sleep, so nothing will keep you up at night. We even have a
California King-sized mattress, good enough for
Honest Abe, our lankiest president at 6’8”!
Catching Zzz’s as the Commander-in-Chief
As the president, you catch sleep wherever you can find it. Napping is good for you as recent studies linked napping to better health. You can improve brain function if you take a 15 to 90-minute nap in the middle of your day. And a president needs as much brain power as they can get!
Ulysses S. Grant, known for his fraying nerves during the civil war, picked up the habit of sleeping similar to a soldier. Which means he slept whenever he could wherever he could. Great for rests, but not exactly an uninterrupted sleep cycle.
President George W. Bush would take naps when traveling on Air Force One. Lyndon B. Johnson might have been a late sleeper and an early riser, but he made sure he’d take a nap after lunch every day. Ronald Reagan also took naps, sometimes at cabinet meetings!
Sleeping while sitting at your desk for an afternoon nap is doable, but not the best way to get the most out of your nap. It’s important to know if you’re taking a nap, make sure it’s on a good mattress like our O Mattress.
Several past presidents didn’t sleep well because of health problems and conditions. President William Howard Taft, one of the most overweight presidents in history, had problems getting a good night’s sleep because of his weight. Grover Cleveland also had sleep issues linked to his weight, including sleep apnea.
Speaking of snorers, the famous adventurer, outdoorsman, and all-around awesome President Theodore Roosevelt did nothing in half measures, including snoring! When he was in the hospital, they gave him a floor all to himself so his loud snoring wouldn’t disturb the other patients. Other famous snorers include John Quincy Adams.
When you’re not getting enough oxygen as you breathe in your sleep you snore. This is called sleep apnea, which can interrupt your sleep cycle and bring health issues. But a good mattress with the proper support you need can help with the snoring! Our O Mattress gives the sleeper the right support, be it for side sleepers, stomach sleepers and back sleepers. For sleep apnea please see your doctor because Martin Van Buren’s health suffered because of his sleep apnea.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Sleep makes you healthy, wealthy and wise, just ask Benjamin Franklin! While several presidents have atrocious sleeping habits, others did well with their rest. Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams, for example, were early risers, starting their day off right with some healthy exercise before getting to work at the Oval Office.
Sore muscles enjoy a memory foam mattress from Mattress Omni as our cushioning layers of gel memory foam cradle muscles and cool you off after your post-workout power nap.
Though some presidents just wanted to sleep through their term. With President Calvin Coolidge, this sleepy president snoozed for up to eleven hours a day! Not including a couple hours a day in the afternoon napping. This might be a sign of depression as some sufferers have the habit of oversleeping.
The presidents may have varying sleep habits, but at least they had great bedrooms! Abe Lincoln had his famous Lincoln Bed, a 6×8 foot enough for the famously tall president to rest easy and decorated with a rosewood headboard. Sadly, he never got much use as he was quite a busy and sleepless man.
President John F. Kennedy was also a notoriously light sleeper who liked his mattress firm. His wife Jackie O on the other hand, loved a soft mattress. Without an O Mattress to give them memory foam support suitable for every type of sleeper,
they went for a split mattress by pushing two twin beds together. How novel!
Eleanor Roosevelt was big into sleep. She even endorsed Simmons mattresses when she was the first lady and had their mattresses in the White House.
Now if only someone could direct Melania Trump to check out America’s Favorite Mattress (hint hint).
From Citizen to President, Sleep Matters!
Sleep is the most important way of ending our day. Because good sleep or bad, it determines how well you’ll feel tomorrow. This is true from the President to the voters who elect him into office. If anyone needs a good night’s sleep, it’s the POTUS.
Whether you sleep like a president (in a good way) or sleep like a president (in the not so good ways), an O Mattress from Mattress Omni will get you the sleep you deserve!