Do we sleep too Much.

@thezone (9394)
Ireland
February 12, 2009 8:35pm CST
An average day consits of, for most of us 8 hours working 8 hours to ourselves 8 hours sleeping So that means we spend one third of our lives asleep. that seems such a waste of time and life. If for example someone lived to be 60 they would have slept 20 years of their life! Does that seem a waste of 20 years of your life or do you like to sleep your life away? I always feel when I sleep that i am missing something. What is your thoughts.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 09
Personally, i love to sleep for long hours. Actually, sleeping is not a waste of time. It is something essential to us. If we don't get enough sleep we can get sick. It is much a waste of time if we are lying in bed because we are sick. Actually, eight hours is the ideal number of hours for sleep. OK, if we exceed 8 hours of sleep that is already a waste of time.
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@ptrikha_2 (45692)
• India
13 Feb 09
yes i agree with you .
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Hi 00BleedingShadow00. Excellent point. I never thought of that, getting ill due to lack of sleep and then having to spend more time in bed.
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Well I like sleeping because I have fun vivid dreams. It may seem like a waste of time, but I think it is essential for our well being. If we didn't get all the sleep we needed we would be sick more often and wouldn't be able to function well during the time we are actually awake. So yea, I think its a waste of time, but it is a necessary waste of time.
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Hi loveyevi. I think you might be right it could be right as it being a necessary waste of time. To all who read this, the first line of the post should be... An average day consists of, for most of us. Damn my typos
@bombshell (11256)
• Germany
13 Feb 09
i like to sleep special this winter.7 hours is enough for me.when i sleep i dont miss a thing.because i have a nice dreams while sleeping
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@bombshell (11256)
• Germany
13 Feb 09
agree
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
It is nice to sleep and have good dreams.
@Lore2009 (7378)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Someone told me this before. He said that it makes no difference if a guy lives til 112 yet sleeps everyday versus someone who never sleeps and lives until 60. I think people are more refreshed and (some)happy when they have a good rest so I think it makes a difference in the quality of life. I enjoy resting.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
15 Feb 09
Sleep definatley does refresh the body and mind.
@Lore2009 (7378)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Do you agree? Quality versus quantity. Or do you perform the same even if you lack sleep? I told this to him and he said it's another fun challenge to try to stay awake.
@user_786 (1338)
13 Feb 09
Thats right. There is more to that actually. if we also add time we spent in shower, toilet, etc then the total left time is very little. That means our nearly 3/4 time is spent in sleeping, toilet, shower, etc leaving 1/4 time to spend on ourselves.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Hi user_786. I never thought about the other things you mentioned, now I will be awake all night worrying about that
@user_786 (1338)
15 Feb 09
:-)
• India
13 Feb 09
No.... we sleep as we need not too much not too short
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
That is true the human body will rest and sleep when it needs to.
• Trinidad And Tobago
13 Feb 09
for the first time i agree with you greatpapa aka(yo gal)the human body is very tricky it rests when it wants to an wake up when it wants to i think
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@Mitraa (3184)
• India
13 Feb 09
A sound sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. Anyway, in normal conditions, we must not sleep for more than 8 hours or less than 6 hours in 24 hours! Thanks and have a nice day!
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Sometimes though I do sleep for more than 8 hours when I do get the chance. But not very often.
@bbsr13 (4196)
• India
13 Feb 09
Hello! Sleeping is essential for all living being.It is not a wastage of time.It is essential because sleep is a natural healer.It is aremedy for many maladies.sleep disturbance may may contribute to forgetfulness,fatigue and other diseases.Therefore for us it is essential to sleep at least seven to eight hours daily.thanx.
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Yes fatigue is one thing I do suffer when I dont get enough sleep. Very good point.
@zhuhuifen46 (3483)
• China
14 Feb 09
I sleep on the average 8 hours a day. Actually I am a little afraid of sleep, because of the back pain, which hurts most when I get up in the morning. I put off my sleep until very late at night, and as i am retired i have a natural wake up, also late in the morning. Too much sleep makes one dizzy and even for the sick it is better to get up and have a walk around to gather yourself. Pure reliance on medication is no good. Only exercises and activities, both physical and mental can boost our immunity.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
15 Feb 09
Sorry to hear about your back pain, I can understand why you put off sleeping and I agree being able to wake up naturally is much better for you. If sleep is a problem I also agree it can be bad to rely on medication.
• United States
13 Feb 09
I am lucky to get 6 hours of sleep at night right now, I would love to get 8..LOL, but my daughter is teething, and I think she thinks she is missing something when sleeping so she fights it... my son is the opposite, he is on the go but once he is in bed for 10 minutes he is out and snoring...LOL --some nights I could use more sleep. happy mylotting.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Yes I agree kids can make you lose alot of sleep, but they are so worth it.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
yes they are... and I can always sleep later when the kids are older...LOL have a great weekend.
• Egypt
15 Feb 09
The Point you state is a kinda valid, but sleep is very important for our mental and physical health. if it bothers you that much you can only sleep for 6 hours. personally I sleep 12 hours at weekends and between 3-8 hours at week days. but I NEVER feel like I am wasting anything while sleeping, it's a time well spent. What can i say I love my sleeping -_- , Happy mylotting
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
15 Feb 09
I very rarely sleep 8 hours or more and I do agree it is important for our health. But I do also find sleep can be an enemy, when I have so much to do.
@jd107nette (1454)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
hehehe.. now that you've mentioned it... I think I felt the same way especially when I sleep ahead of the others....^_^
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
15 Feb 09
I know what you mean by sleeping ahead of others, sometimes it can feel if you are missing out on something
@moneymommy (3418)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I dont think I sleep to much at all. I get about 9 hours of sleep at night and I am happy with that. I never take a nap so I think I am fine.
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
I do find myself napping here and there when I dont get enough sleep. So you could be right.
@Obyruz (3)
• Brazil
13 Feb 09
8 Hours of sleep is for a healthy way of living, specially for kids and teenagers, that will rest their bodies, so they can learn easier and grow healthy. I believe that's all we want so...No, 8 hours is not a lot.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Yes it is important for kids to get some good sleep as it helps them develop.
@savypat (20216)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Sleep is a very important part of having a healthy body and mind. If you don't sleep you short your self on recovery time. It's like using a battery and then only doing a partial recharge. The battery doesn't last nearly as long as it will when given full recharges.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
That is true the body does need time to recharge just like a battery, we will last longer. Very well said.
@becdmd (704)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
I like sleeping...I don't think of it as a waste of time, because without it we may not live for long...it's like we're recharging our body to prepare for the next day and give it a rest...I wish I could sleep more coz I am only sleeping for 6 1/2-7 hrs. lately...
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
That is true without sleep, I dont think many of us would live long. Good luck with getting more sleep.
@Jae2619 (1483)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I wish I could get 8 hours of sleep a night. I get on average about 2 a night. My 18 month old daughter really hate's sleeping and likes to be up all the time. I guess I've been on the opposite end of this, that's probably why i feel so much older than I am, lol.. because I'm spending so much time awake!
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
I feel for you, 2 hours is not much but you have your priorities right, taking care of your daughter That is a trait of a good mother, putting your babies needs before your own.
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
13 Feb 09
It may be that we are sleeping too much if indeed you are getting a full eight hours a night, but I honestly don't know one single person who gets regular sleep like that! I would love to sleep a full eight, but I feel lucky when I get in six. That's what I usually sleep a night to be honest, and I think it's about right for me. As far as your questions goes phylisophically (sp!) speaking, I don't think sleeping away one third of our lives is bad because the body needs to sleep to continue! It rebuilds when it sleeps, hence lengthening life, not wasting it.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
I dont always get a full eight hours, sometimes its much less. I do agree with what you say by sleep lengthens life. Good point.
• Malaysia
13 Feb 09
hello... i enjoyed sleeping...i dont think it is wasting my time. sometimes i had nothing to do i tend to sleep much to make the day gone fast especially during weekend.but i usually had less sleep because of my hectic schedule.
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
I can understand with a hetic schedule, that you enjoy the time asleep and its a time to rest and relax.
@ddfreedie (690)
• India
13 Feb 09
hey..sleeping is a gift...our brain needs rest to perform efficiently...it rests only when we sleep....thus for a proper functioning of our brain an avg of 6-8 hr sleep is necessary
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@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
13 Feb 09
Yes that is true the brain does need good sleep to function.