How many hours sleep do you get?

@liquorice (3901)
November 11, 2008 5:55pm CST
I always mean to go to bed early, but I tend to get distracted by either my computer or the TV. (Note that it's not my fault, it's all the fault of these inanimate objects, lol! ) These days I usually go to bed around midnight, then get woken up by my daughter at about 6:30. Six and a half hours isn't very much sleep and I know that I could do with more, so I really need to change my ways! (I've been saying this for a long time, but old habits die hard...) I think that eight hours is the recommended amount of nightly sleep. Do you need lots of sleep or can you survive on just a few hours?
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@baileyq (68)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
I can survive on a few hours' sleep, but I make sure that I take a nap during the day. Even an hour's nap can do wonders. More than that, and you'll be going to bed late again the next night. Like some people, I find that sleeping more than 8 hours makes me feel even more tired and groggy. What you can do is set your alarm every night so that when it goes off, you need to turn off the tv or the computer and go to bed. I find that I don't function too well or I get cranky if I didn't sleep enough, and that affects everyone around me. Plus, I do a lot of driving, so rest is important for me. I hope this helps.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Oh nooo. You had to mention naps didn't you? I sleep 4 hours a night most times. I did not think of the naps I take during the daytime. So with naps incluided I guess 6 hours a day total sleep time here then. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@liquorice (3901)
21 Nov 08
Yes, having a nap can be great. I occasionally take one when my daughter has hers, when I'm not doing other things (including myLotting!) It helps to rejuvenate you if you haven't slept well during the night. Although it sounds like you're one of the lucky ones who don't need much sleep. Glad you're also fitting a nap in, Grandpa Bob! Naps are cool .
• United States
12 Nov 08
I recently read somewhere that it is actually BETTER to sleep 4 - 6 hours and then take a nap later. If you don't have the freedom to do that then you might want to try the melatonin pills another guy here on mylot swears by. Personally I really like the energy I have when I just sleep a few hours at a time here and there.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
That is when I do best... sleep for a few hours and then stay up until the energy wanes, then nap for a couple more hours. I have a totally flexible schedule though, and can do whatever I want whenever I want to do it. If your schedule does not allow that flexibility you might want to give my friends method a try. You've probably already found the information on it, but here is the discussion where he talks about it anyway, just in case you're interested. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1768699.aspx?p=5#2_18368839 (It is response #48, and I have linked you to the page.)
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
That sounds like a really good way to live, if your schedule allows it. Mine doesn't sadly, although I can sometimes get a short nap in when my daughter has her midday nap, which helps a lot! Thanks for the link, I just read that (really) long thread and posted a reply there. I'll have to look into melatonin and check out whether we can get it here. We probably can if it's just a health supplement. I like the way that it's allowed your friend to become stricter about when he goes to bed and develop a proper schedule.
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• United States
18 Nov 08
Ooops! I meant to tell you that the only applicable part was his original response! Oh well, too late now, and you're still alive so I guess all is well that ends well huh?
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@RobzGurl (32)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I tell myself each weeknight that I will be in bed by 10pm (Oh look at that it is 10:14 here right now lol). My alarm goes off at 5:50am so even that isn't quite enough sleep for me. By the time I finish doing everything I MUST do in a night (lol) and put the dogs out it is usually around 11:00. On weekends I am a night owl but still only get around 8 hours which is a little better. If I could get 10 hours a night I would be happy but who has time for that?
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@liquorice (3901)
13 Nov 08
I never seem to listen to myself when I tell myself I must be in bed by a certain time. I'm just not strict enough! 5:50am is an early morning . I know what you mean about things that you MUST do at night. Lots of things just seem so important at night, lol. Eight hours at the weekend sounds better. Thanks for replying, (and I love your Eyore avatar!)
• Canada
14 Nov 08
Thanks, I love Eeyore.
@liquorice (3901)
15 Nov 08
Me too!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I have always been a night owl. If I get more than 5 hours sleep nightly I am over tired really. I sleep on the average about 4 hours each night. This is more than enough for me. I manage my days fine with this amount of sleep also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@liquorice (3901)
21 Nov 08
I've always been a night owl as well, that's why I'm never in bed at a decent time. I've been the same since I was a teenager! I'm at my best at night and at my worst in the morning! That's really good that 4 hours sleep is enough for you, that's really useful. If I get too much sleep I also feel over-tired and groggy, but for me too much is more like 10 hours... Happy myLotting!
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
So far, I get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a day. It's good to have a long good night sleep(It makes you feel good in the morning!) I don't know if I'll survive getting a few hours sleep. I'll have to drink a lot of coffee if in case. =)
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@liquorice (3901)
22 Nov 08
That sounds like a lovely amount of sleep to have! I think if I got 10 hours per night that might actually be a bit too much for me and get me groggy and overtired. That's what happens when I sometimes get to lie in at the weekend.. But I'd be happy with 8 hours. Yes, if I don't sleep for long night after night I end up drinking far too much tea!
@diillu (5128)
12 Nov 08
Well, I have always been the person who loved to sleep. The more the better and I find it really relaxing. But these days I know I really miss my sleep hours. Because of the early morning college I have to go to bed early like around 11 pm and wake up early in around 6 30 am. So, these days I'm not getting much of my sleep. But during weekends, I stay late and even happen to wake up late. It's really fun.
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@liquorice (3901)
13 Nov 08
Oh I love sleep too. My mum had such a hard job getting me up in the mornings. I used to actually dream that I was up and dressed, and then hear my mum calling me again and realise I'd fallen asleep again.. Had that dream about eight times every morning before I finally managed to get up! Thank goodness for weekends eh?
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I know that my body needs more sleep. I probably get about 6 or 7 hours. I really do notice the difference though if I do get 8 hours of sleep. I feel much more refreshed.
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
I'm the same. I know that I'm going to feel horrible when I don't get enough sleep, but that doesn't stop me from going to bed late. It's a bit of a habit really. Maybe I'll manage it if I go to bed right now... Thanks for your answer!
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@mindym (979)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I try to get as much sleep as possible, however this changes from day to day depending on things that are going on in my life, including stress. Today I am EXTREMELY tired and keep telling myself I am going to go to bed early, but I will probably go to bed at the same time I usually do. For some reason, I don't sleep very well on Sundays, but this could be because I get extra sleep on the weekends with being able to sleep in and/or take naps. I am definitely a napper. I wish I could take naps during the week, but now I get home from work around 4:30 p.m. and if I took a nap then, I would not fall asleep at night. Some times I get distracted from the t.v. or computer, but this is rare. Sweet dreams :)
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
Yes, that happens to me. Even if I'm really tired and I tell myself I'm going to bed early, it hardly ever happens. Strange about Sundays. Maybe it's because you don't like Monday and you're putting it off for as long as possible. I think I do that (sometimes without realising it). If there's something I'm not looking forward to the next day then I seem to put off going to bed, even though I should perhaps be going earlier if I'm going to have a busy day. I'm great at delaying tactics! I'm lucky that I have a daughter who naps during the day. In theory I could nap too, but I always seem to find things I need to do during that "quiet" time. Thanks for your answer.
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@Blondie2222 (24283)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I usually get 7-8 hrs of sleep a nite. Sometimes more if I go 2 bed early.
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
That sounds like a good amount of sleep. You sound very sensible!
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@dwickham (107)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
I always try to get at least 8 hours sleep. However because of my work schedule I only usually get about 5 - 6 hours. Some people seem to be able to get by on very little sleep, but I find that I struggle a lot if I get under 8 hours. It's proven that if you get under 8 hours it starts to affect your concentration and energy levels.
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
Eight hours sounds good, but I think lots of people probably struggle to get that for one reason or another. Yes, I'm envious of the people who can get by on little sleep. I have energy for a while after a bad night, but then it really hits me and I struggle! I can believe the research that talks bout concentration and energy levels. Thanks for your answer.
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I usually get anywhere between 6 and 10 hours a day - it really depends...
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Nov 08
That's quite a big range. It must be nice when you get 10 hours, although sometimes in the past I've found that when I've been able to have a really long lie-in it actually makes me even more tired!
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Nov 08
i can't believe that I've not answered this one liquorice. I need 7-8 hours a night. For a long long time I did well to get 4-5! But then I got a grip of myself and persuaded a friend to send me to bed every night, which she does, and I go! I go by 10.30 and I have to ask her permission to stay up later. The Boss goes so much earlier than me that I was becoming very undisciplined. If I want to stay up later I have to ask my friend's permission and say why and if I go earlier I must tell her. Sounds weird I know but it works for me.
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@liquorice (3901)
27 Nov 08
No worries, I'm always happy to have replies . I like the method that you use; getting someone (who you listen to) to make you go to bed. They are obviously very good at discipline, lol! Maybe I should do something similar, because at the moment I am extremely undisciplined in this respect. I need to do something, as the bags under my eyes are growing (will be shopping bags soon, !) and I will look about 100 before long. Never mind that it sounds weird, if it works then it's a good thing. Thanks for your answer!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Nov 08
I have no idea what my punishment would be if I disobeyed. She'd probably stop helping me and that would make me the loser.
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@liquorice (3901)
2 Dec 08
Hmm, yes that would be a bad punishment. Worse really than any physical kind of punishment she could deal out, lol!
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
2 Dec 08
I sleep around six hours during weekdays while I try to make up for it during weekends. I sleep late at night trying to catch up with mylot and other personal work during weekends while I try to relax during whe weekdays. © ronaldinu 2008
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@liquorice (3901)
2 Dec 08
Sounds similar to me. And myLot is also partly responsible for keeping me up late! (Although if it didn't exist - perish the thought! - I'm sure that I would find another distraction to replace it. HubPages is another major internet hobby of mine, and I would probably just spend even more time there!) I can't always catch up on weekends as my daughter doesn't differentiate between weekdays and weekends with her waking habits. I do on the odd occasion though when my husband takes her out somewhere. Then I get some peace!
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
27 Nov 08
It could be about 7 to 8 hours as of now. I tend to get very sleepy early at night now due to the time changing. And with me being up so early in the mornings. That has got me very sleepy!
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@liquorice (3901)
27 Nov 08
Hmm, that's not too bad. It's good to get sleepy early at night. It's probably part of the problem that I don't! I'm just sleepy the next morning. Thanks for your response, and happy myLotting!
@jakeb1 (562)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I know some people who only need 4 hours of sleep and they are fine. I am the opposite. If I don't get more than 6 hours of sleep, I am always tired and not ready for the day. I usually get 8 hours of sleep a day and up to 10 hours on the weekends. It makes me feel refreshed with more hours of sleep.
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@liquorice (3901)
27 Nov 08
Yes, Margaret Thatcher is an example of someone who only needed 4 hours sleep to function. (Maybe this will actually encourage people to strive to get more sleep, lol!) Yes, I feel that I also need more than 6 hours sleep to function properly; the problem is I'm just not very good at getting to bed early! It sounds as if you get a good, healthy amount of sleep. Thanks for your reply. :)
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
13 Nov 08
I sleep between around six to seven hours a day. However I try to make it up during the weekend for that daily hour lost sleep. Otherwise I would get grumpy. © ronaldinu 2008
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@liquorice (3901)
13 Nov 08
That's a good idea to make it all up at the weekend! Wouldn't want you to be grumpy. Thanks for answering
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• Belize
12 Nov 08
Everyone should get atleast 8 hours of sleep every night in order to be healthy and in order to have enough energy for the following day. If you don't it will take its toll on you after a while.
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@liquorice (3901)
13 Nov 08
Yes, I agree, I know I should be getting more, and I should make more of an effort to go to bed early. It does catch up with me, and feel the ill effects sometimes. So I'm going to work on it! Thanks for your reply.
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@TheDevil (840)
• India
12 Nov 08
Ideally, 8 hours would be great for me. Normally I probably get around 6.5..... I think most people are in the same boat ...... with busy schedules these days there are just not enough hours in the day to get in everything that you need to do. If I get more than 9 hours, I feel like a zombie for about half of the day.... So for me the window is tight, its either not enough or too much. On weekends, I sometimes can find that happy medium of about 8-8.5 hrs and that seems to work just fine. If I get less than 6 hours for a few days in a row, I feel that it gets more difficult to concentrate and its easier for me to get moody....and then i start getting angry for simple things I don't ever get to take many naps anymore, but if I do, about 1hr to 1.5 hours would be max, otherwise I find it difficult to fall asleep at my normal time in the evening.
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• India
12 Nov 08
i, on an average , sleep for about eight hours a day...
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@liquorice (3901)
13 Nov 08
That's great, it sounds like you've got it just right!
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Nov 08
I do it on about 5 hours mostly. If I'm really tired I could sleep more and on weekends I probably come close to the 8 hour time. I wake up at 4.00 am every morning and get to bed mostly about 11.00 pm or if I go home early then its in bed from about 8.00 pm Its hard to be consistent because I always have things to do that keep me going.
@liquorice (3901)
27 Nov 08
Yes, that's not much either is it? I think that even if I had to get up at 4:00am every day (which I'm sooo glad I don't!) I would still find it hard to go to bed at a decent time. I'm just more of a night person, my brain functions better at night, and it's also become a habit! Thanx for answering.