Got sleep? Most of us hate getting up in the morning without getting a full night's sleep, but for a small group of people (about 1% to 3% of the general population), sleep seems to be a waste of time.
No wonder they can accomplish so much more: they're awake all the time (and not be cranky about it, either)
Natural "short sleepers," as they're officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, then get up just a few hours later and barrel through the day without needing to take naps or load up on caffeine.
They are also energetic, outgoing, optimistic and ambitious, according to the few researchers who have studied them. The pattern sometimes starts in childhood and often runs in families.
While it's unclear if all short sleepers are high achievers, they do have more time in the day to do things, and keep finding more interesting things to do than sleep, often doing several things at once.