Sleep .. do you get enough?

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@sprite1950 (14496)
Corsham, England
March 6, 2018 1:23am CST
I'm the sort of person who can survive on around 5-6 hours sleep and feel ok although when I was younger I needed a good 8 hours. I never go to bed before midnight and normally get up around 6.30 am but for some people this would not be enough. How many hours sleep do you need to feel refreshed and has your sleep pattern changed over time?
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@TheSojourner (17450)
• United States
6 Mar
I do not get anything steady, though in the winter I average about 4 hours each night. I've been to my physician and we are trying to come up with the right something to make it work.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@CoralLevang 4 hours would not be enough for me. Any less than 5 and I'm shattered. I do like to take a nanny nap in the afternoons sometimes
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• United States
6 Mar
@sprite1950 I'm working with a physician finally who is willing to prescribe. It's not working yet, so may need an adjustment. Been living with these sleep problems for years. Could be aging...menopause that started at age 27. Anixiety from being a type A personality. Anxiety from diagnoses of cancer....all the other crap that life dishes out and my thinking too much once my head hits the pillow.... Who knows. LOL
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@CoralLevang I'm surprised you sleep at all with such a lot going on. If I'm worried about something I don't sleep well.
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• Philippines
6 Mar
7-8hrs minimum
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@Strawberry18 think most people like to get this much sleep even though I get a lot less and feel ok.
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@mydanods (6758)
• Nigeria
6 Mar
I envy your sleeping habits.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@mydanods I guess it gives me more time to get things done.
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• Pamplona, Spain
6 Mar
About seven hours really otherwise I am done for if I have a lot of things to do. Hope you can get your sleep pattern back again. I donĀ“t always sleep right through depends on what is going on.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@lovinangelsinstead21 It's rare that I would sleep 7 hours but we're all different in the amount of sleep we need. I needed so much more when my children were young.
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• Pamplona, Spain
7 Mar
@sprite1950 I never got enough sleep till my youngest was at least six years old. He had me awake every night and up with him as he suffered Asthma pretty bad.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@lovinangelsinstead21 That must have been so worrying for you. Is he better now?
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@JudyEv (126044)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar
I'm about the same as you although I'm usually in bed a bit earlier and up any time after 5am, earlier if I can't sleep.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
17 Mar
I have a dog which thinks I should get up around 5.30 am so will start huffing and puffing around that time so as she sleeps outside my room I have to get up to stop her waking my granddaughter. I don't mind in the week but I wouldn't mind an extra half hour at weekends.
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@JudyEv (126044)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Mar
@sprite1950 I always talk about people and animals huffing and puffing too. It's a pity your dog doesn't 'do' weekends.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
17 Mar
@JudyEv Dogs have a very good sense of time and they know when it's time to eat, She doesn't understand about lie ins
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@mydanods (6758)
• Nigeria
6 Mar
My sleep pattern keeps changing. Now five hours sleep is enough for me. I wonder why it has become like that. I used to have on average seven hours sleep before.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@mydanods It's age with me. I need less sleep as I get older but I forgot mention I sometimes take a nap in the afternoons!
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@mydanods (6758)
• Nigeria
6 Mar
@sprite1950 Your naps helps you to make up for it.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@mydanods Yes probably but I don't always have time. Sleeping in the day makes me feel a little sluggish.
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• United States
6 Mar
I don't bother with 'how much sleep is required for better cognitive awareness' cause those standards are not set in stone; therefore I sleep as much as I need per night to make the best of the day ahead . . .
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@enlightenedpsych2 I rarely sleep before midnight because I know I will just lie there. As long as I get 5-6 hours I know I will feel ok and on some occasions I've had very little sleep and still felt fine.
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• United States
6 Mar
@sprite1950 well then me thinks the air is better and less contaminated and perhaps the food too cause here people who only get about 5-6 hours of sleep, clearly NEED more but never give themselves the opportunity and they are meanies !
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@mydanods (6758)
• Nigeria
6 Mar
@sprite1950 I get 5-6 hours myself. I need more but my body wants only that.
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@LadyDuck (163221)
• Switzerland
6 Mar
Six hours are enough for me. I usually go to bed at 10:30 pm I read about half an hour and I get up at 5 am.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@LadyDuck I went to bed at around midnight last night although I kept dozing before that, I was awake at 5 but lead there for a while even though one of my dogs was huffing and puffing to be fed!
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@LadyDuck (163221)
• Switzerland
7 Mar
@sprite1950 I never stay up until midnight. It was almost 11 last evening, but I had not a good sleep, I was awake at 4, but I did not move until 5, not to wake up my husband.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@LadyDuck I think just resting when you have woken in the morning is quite beneficial. I like to do that if my dogs will let me.
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@Hannihar (38122)
11 Mar
If I try and get 9 hours sleep it takes me forever to still fall asleep and sometimes I get a good night's and other times no.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
11 Mar
@Hannihar I have to be in my own bed to get a good night's sleep but my partner can sleep anywhere. We went on the ferry to France once and he slept on the floor. I was awake all night on the seats,
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@Hannihar (38122)
11 Mar
@sprite1950 It is hard to find different positions to sleep on.
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@sashann (211)
• Philippines
7 Mar
no. i missed 10 hours of sleeping :( because now i only got 5
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@sashann I don't know if I ever slept 10 hours, may be when I was a teenager. 5 is fine for me now although sometimes I would like to lie in a little longer.
@sashann (211)
• Philippines
7 Mar
@sprite1950 when i was a teenager i like sleeping a lot rather than go out with friends hehe
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@dodo19 (33037)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
6 Mar
It does depend on the night. On average, I usually sleep 6-7 hours. Sometimes, a little more. Other times, a little less. It all depends on the night.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@dodo19 I tend to go through phases where I sleep well and then something will upset my rhythm and I will spend several nights awake too much.
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@dodo19 (33037)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
6 Mar
@sprite1950 I can understand that. I seem to go through similar phases.
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@bagarad (12304)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Mar
I need six hours a night to function normally, and if I've been working hard physically, I need more. I don't always get it.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@bagarad I used to worry a lot about not getting enough sleep but now I'm retired I don't because I know I can just take it easy the next day.
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@bagarad (12304)
• Paso Robles, California
7 Mar
@sprite1950 I know I can just sleep later the next day.
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@Liberti (235)
• Mead, Washington
7 Mar
Sleep? What is that, LOL well I am rather an insomniac but I read for a bit and if can't go back to sleep get up and have a warm drink then usually can go to sleep for another couple hours. I get maybe 5 hours sometimes 7 but often only 4 some days I feel really drained but other days I am fine. I think about 6 hours is usually good for me if I can get it. If not I take an afternoon nap for an hour and that revives me.
@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@Liberti Since I retired I don't worry about getting enough sleep as I know I can catch up in the day when my granddaughter is at school. Consequently I sleep a lot better than I used to. I used to worry when I worked that I would be too tired to do my job properly but I always coped. If I have a bad night I just relax more the next day.
@Courage7 (8075)
• United States
6 Mar
I do never get enough sleep..maybe 4 hours tops
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@Courage7 I would have to nap in the day if I only had 4 hours although I find I need less sleep as I've become older.
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@Gillygirl (17340)
• Sutton, England
6 Mar
I used to have about 8 hours but now I'm lucky if I have four. I really have had sleep issues recently.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
7 Mar
@Gillygirl I would be tired on 4 hours although I could probably scrape by. There have been nights when I've only slept for a couple of hours but that's usually if I am worried about something or if I've taken a long nap in the day.
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@JohnRoberts (59983)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Mar
I wish I could get more than 5 hours a week as I never feel refreshed.
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• San Fernando, Philippines
6 Mar
I've never slept for 5hours straight since I had my baby ??
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@rainekira I think that's quite common as we are always listening out for them and they do wake us up often. Even though my children are grown up I have never slept as soundly as I did before I had them. I still wake at the drop of a pin.
@Icydoll (22296)
• India
6 Mar
Everyone's sleep pattern changes with stressful life..I usually sleep 5 hours.. sometimes 8 hours..8 hours is must for everyone ..
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@Icydoll I definitely don't need 8 hours now. I would just wake up with a headache. 6 hours is the maximum I would sleep now.
@jobelbojel (7341)
• Philippines
6 Mar
I can have 5 hours sleep if I need to run some errands. During my off day, I can sleep for 8 hours.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@jobelbojel I cannot remember the last time I slept for 8 hours. It must have been when I was a teenager!
@wongchoiyee (7376)
• Malaysia
6 Mar
I sleep at least 10 hours a day.
@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@wongchoiyee Wow that is a lot of sleep. Are you young as I needed more sleep when I was younger?
• Malaysia
6 Mar
@sprite1950 I am 37 this year because of my depression and schizophrenia, my sleeping patterns changes from time to time.
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@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
6 Mar
@wongchoiyee I'm so sorry to hear that. It must be tough living with those conditions.