It is common knowledge that President Donald Trump uses Twitter as a weapon that he can wield to virtually snap back at his enemies. But political experts have started blaming the popular social media platform for keeping the president awake at night, leading to serious sleep deprivation.
Washington Post reporter Philip Bump had calculated in February 2017 that Trump spent more time tweeting “real” news to the public than he spent paying attention to intelligence briefings in the first month of his presidency. After being inaugurated to office, the president reportedly dedicated 13 hours to social media and merely six hours to intelligence briefings.
However, more than his frequency of tweeting, it was the schedule of his tweets that shocked many, who started suspecting that Trump might not be catching enough sleep at night. During his initial days at the White House, Trump posted Twitter messages between 3:30 a.m and 5:30 a.m. EDT.
“He’s in the no more than four hours a night range,” Trump’s biographer Gwenda Blair said. “He has made a big deal of saying he never sleeps and people who sleep are lazy.”
In this regard, Trump’s perception of sleep has been likened to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She too would rarely sleep beyond four hours every day, also forcing her government officials to stay awake past bedtime with her.
“She slept four hours a night on weekdays,” says Sir Bernard Ingham, Thatcher’s press secretary, BBC reported. “I wasn’t with her at weekends. I guess she got a bit more then.”
But while Thatcher would often be up at night working on a speech and…