Nikola Tesla

Inventor

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Arguably one of the most inventive minds in human history, Nikola Telsa developed a set of remarkable habits that he believed helped him excel in numerous fields.

Telsa provided us with an interesting insight into his dietary habits in a 1935 interview: “Why overburden the bodies that serve us? I eat but two meals a day, and I avoid all acid-producing foods…I partake liberally of fresh vegetables, fish and meat sparingly, and rarely.”

Of his exercise and bathing habits, Telsa commented: "I walk eight or ten miles every day, and never take a cab or other conveyances when I have the time to use leg power. I also exercise in my bath daily, for I think that this is of great importance. I take a warm bath, followed by a prolonged cold shower."

With around 300 patents attributed to him, it may come as no surprise that Telsa completely immersed himself with his work. Such dedication often came at the cost of sleep, he said: “Sometimes I doze for an hour or so. Occasionally, however, once in a few months, I may sleep for four or five hours. Then I awaken virtually charged with energy, like a battery…There is no doubt about it but that sleep is a restorer, a vitalizer, that it increases energy. But on the other hand, I do not think it is essential to one's well being, particularly if one is habitually a poor sleeper."