Twitter users have apparently had it with Steve Harvey’s unsolicited advice on pretty much anything. That was especially true after a video clip surfaced on social media showing the comedian lecturing his talk show’s studio audience and TV viewers about how there is no rest for the weary, er, wealthy.
Harvey went on a diatribe during the taping of his show and insisted that no one who is wealthy gets a proportionate amount of nightly sleep. “Rich people don’t sleep eight hours a day!” he implored with single hand-claps in between each word to emphasize the point he was trying to make.
Of course, some social media users were lurking on Twitter to poke holes in the next theory that Harvey put forth. Model Chrissy Teigen, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes to be more than $13 million, was one of them.
Another person took to Twitter to share a personal story that contradicted Harvey’s insistence that getting fewer hours of sleep would translate into wealth.
Those two Twitter takes were right in line with what three of the world’s wealthiest people have said in the past. Warren Buffett, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, whose combined net worth is more than $180 billion, said they were decidedly in favor of getting a good amount of bed rest on a nightly basis.
“I get quite a bit of sleep. I like to sleep,” Buffett told PBS NewsHour in 2017. “So I will usually sleep eight hours a night.”
Musk said in 2014 that he typically sleeps about six hours each night.
Zuckerberg said in 2016 that he “was never a morning person.”
While those three examples were to the contrary of Harvey’s point, there is, of course, no blanket rule for how to achieve monetary success through sleeping habits.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep each person needs varies per age. For younger adults to older adults, the recommendations were the same, though: 7-9 hours.
All of which brings us back to Steve Harvey and his arguably alternative facts on how much sleep people should get if they’re trying to get rich. Twitter users had a field day responding to the short clip of the comedian that has since gone viral across social media. Harvey got the meme and gif treatment on Twitter, but does he actually have a point?
Scroll down to see what folks were saying on Twitter about Steve Harvey’s theory on losing sleep to amass wealth.