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I was wondering how much sleep you guys and gals generally get in any given night? I know I tend to be awake pretty late and often up fairly early (even when my insomnia hasn't kicked in) and a couple of friends have been telling me off for having, what a think is a very reasonable, 6 hours sleep on average.

So let's hear ya...

Poll #866237 Sleep

How many hours sleep do you have each night on average?

Less than 4


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Nov. 13th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
I usually get around five hours a night. Never have been a good sleeper during the week for some reason.

One day every other weekend (my fiance works every other weekend) I get to sleep in one day (she gets the other day). That's when I'll take a couple of sleeping pills and hit a good ten hour mark.
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
The typical human is designed for 9 hours sleeping for every 16 awake.

some people are not wired that way though.

I'm personaly wired for 12 hours after 24 awake, which is completely useless in the modern world...
Nov. 13th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Isn't that (12/24) the pattern you see when you stick people in a situation where they can't tell time? They used to do studies where they'd stick people deep underground and that's what they'd do very consistently.
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
That would make sence. I have zero sence of time, hence I always have to wear a watch or I won't know how long has past at all...
Nov. 13th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
I like having about 9 hours of sleep, however if I limit myself ot about 8 hours I seem to be a lot more alert and sleep a lot better.

My boyfriend is happy having about 6 hours sleep, but hes had weird dysfunctional sleep things, he used to sleep a lot less in his early 20s.
Nov. 13th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Not enough :-(

I don't know why - doesn't matter how tired I am or how late I go to bed, I wake after about 5 hours and remain exhausted. If I'm lucky and it's a weekend, sometimes after a bit I can get back to sleep again for another hour or two.

I'm always crap in the mornings because I'm just so tired.
Nov. 13th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
I have, for the last 6 or 7 years, had about 4 hours a night. I usually drop off around 1.30 and I am usually awake for 4.30. I get up around 5 after watching Hardtalk on News 24.

People don't need anywhere NEAR as much sleep as they think they do.

Nov. 13th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Five is my average.
Nov. 13th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Not enough, I get about 8 a night when I'm working during the week and about 12+ at the weekends because I'm poo like that.
Nov. 13th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
I normally wake every 4 hours. I assume it's some kind of sleeping disorder. I tend to aim to get to sleep for 2am these days so that I wake up and can get ready for work. If I get to bed earlier I wake earlier.

I was reading a health mag the other day that did a poll saying that people that sleep less live longer. They did a study over 1000's of people and those that slept for 6 or less hours a night lived longer than people sleep more. They put it down to the body working harder and getting in the habit of working. Like an old car, if you drive it every day it will run for years, if you leave it sitting for a few months it will struggle to start. Apparently the more you sleep the more you leave your body sitting.

They never mentioned the possible mental implications from too little sleep though, maybe they should do a test to find that out.
Nov. 14th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
A medical prof from Dallas (an ex long distance runner from NZ: Peter Snell) gave a lecture last year on the topic of health, and he tied it into sleep/inactivity. If you sleep too little (i.e. less than 6 hours a night, roughly) your body struggles to repair itself, you may have a tendency to gain weight, and your immune system is weakened. If you sleep too much (he was vague with actual durations here, but I got the impression he means more than 9-10 hours a night) your heart is weaker and you don't live as long. He had done research for decades on this, and the stats were pretty clear: too much sleep = dying young.

He also said that high level cardio = you live longer. The only people who do the right kind of cardio are long distance runners. Funny that, considering his past. :)
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
6-7, but it doesn't feel like enough.
Nov. 13th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Here's an easy way to see if you're getting enough sleep:

If you don't have the alarm set, and nobody wakes you up, how long do you sleep?
Nov. 14th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
I usually sleep around 5-6 hours a night, but can do with four and don't usually do more than 7. I find I wake up feeling more tired if I sleep 8 hours than if I had 5 hours' sleep.
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