The moments before sleep can provide a rare retreat from a jam-packed day for highly successful people.

For many CEOs, execs, and other high achievers, the day begins extremely early and is crammed with emails, meetings, and events. But the evenings can be a time to unwind with a good book. Or a magazine. Or newspaper. Some of them even curl up with their email.

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The moments before sleep can provide a rare retreat from a jam-packed day for highly successful people.

For many CEOs, execs, and other high achievers, the day begins extremely early and is crammed with emails, meetings, and events. But the evenings can be a time to unwind with a good book. Or a magazine. Or newspaper. Some of them even curl up with their email.

From paperbacks to tweets, here’s what 17 super successful people read before calling it a night.

Tim Armstrong tries to always read a book to his two young daughters.

The AOL CEO once told the Guardian that he generally gets home around 8 p.m., and then sits down to read a book to his daughters. “They usually win and get two or three books,” he admitted. He tries to go to bed by 11 p.m. to get six hours of sleep.

John Carney mulls great thinkers as he falls asleep.

“I’m somewhat obsessed with ancient philosophy, mostly Plato, Socrates, and Xenophon,” the Wall Street Journal writer told The Wire in 2013. He said he does most of this type of reading before going to bed. “Unless it’s Sunday night,” he added, “in which case I’m watching ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Homeland.’”

Arianna Huffington unwinds with only ‘real’ books before going to sleep.

Huffington is well known for taking sleep seriously, and she doesn’t mess around when it comes to her evening reading routine.

The Huffington Post founder recommends banning electronic devices like iPads, Kindles, and laptops from the bedroom and says she only reads the old-fashioned way, with print books.

Barack Obama watches ‘The Daily Show’ and reads up on reports.

If he’s home late at night, the President of the United States says he’ll try to catch bits of “The Daily Show.” “I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant,” Obama told Rolling Stone in 2012.

Other than that, he said he spends a lot of time reading reports, briefing books, studies, and intelligence assessments.

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