Can you survive with 3 hours sleep?

by brute77 280 replies


There are numerous accounts of successful people who only sleeps about 3-4 hours. I sleep about 6-7 hours.. and hopefully would strech myself to 3-4 hours by the end of the year.

How much do you sleep?
#mind warriors #comfortably #hours #sleep #survive
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  • Profile picture of the author hazyl lee
    Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
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    • Profile picture of the author brute77
      Hezyl, I agree with you where health is concerned but totally disagree where success is concerned.

      My study shows all successful people sleep only for 3-4 hours.. they have trained their body over the years..
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      • Profile picture of the author danr62
        Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

        Hezyl, I agree with you where health is concerned but totally disagree where success is concerned.

        My study shows all successful people sleep only for 3-4 hours.. they have trained their body over the years..
        So you surveyed every successful person and determined that all of them only sleep for 3-4 hours per night?
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        • Profile picture of the author KevinG
          Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

          So you surveyed every successful person and determined that all of them only sleep for 3-4 hours per night?
          That was my thought too... I highly doubt every successful person goes on that same amount of sleep.

          I was going on 3-4 hours every night for many years. It wasn't until I recently making more time for sleep (around 6 hours) that I actually realized how less productive and on-my-game I had been before. ...and no longer having to fight through that grogginess each mid-afternoon!

          Like others have mentioned, each of us is different. You have to find what works best for you.

          Just be careful not to unwittingly sacrifice productivity in your quest to achieve more of it!
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      • Profile picture of the author maskmirror
        Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

        Hezyl, I agree with you where health is concerned but totally disagree where success is concerned.

        My study shows all successful people sleep only for 3-4 hours.. they have trained their body over the years..
        Although there are probably a lot of famous/successful people that manage with 3-4 hours of sleep each day, this is not to say lack of sleep is in any way a cause for success. If there is a causal relationship between hours of sleep and degree of success, it probably goes the other way: successful people are successful because they NEED less sleep and hence got more time, rather than sleeping less increases your chances of success.


        The amount of sleep one needs differs from person to person. Since sleep is such an essential part of our biology, it seems unlikely you can alter your body's needs with practice. You may be able to alter your body's pattern, but that doesn't affect its needs. In fact, people who deprive themselves of sleep have a bigger chance of developing mood and/or anxiety disorders (among other things)...and not getting enough sleep over long periods of time tends to shorten your life expectancy. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/08/AR2005100801405.html)


        That said, I think it's important to always listen to your body, simply because you need your body to achieve success. 16 hours a day should be more than enough to become successful. Simply put, it's probably wiser (and healthier) to focus on the quality of your day and not so much on how much of a day you have. In other words: time management may be the thing you're looking for...
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      • Profile picture of the author MrFume
        Sleep is vital to psychological and physical well being, we all have different requirements, BUT it is the quality of the time you spend working, not the quantity-if you sit at your computer for 4 hours going round in useless circles, you would be better served taking a break and maybe better ideas will come...you can't be prescriptive about success, it happens differently for different folks.
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      • Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

        Hezyl, I agree with you where health is concerned but totally disagree where success is concerned. My study shows all successful people sleep only for 3-4 hours.. they have trained their body over the years..
        Hey brute.

        For sure some people can "survive" on a 3 hours-night-sleep. You give many examples and there are even more (type in "famous people routine" in Google for fun) Not sure though that "not sleeping much" is what made them succeed. On the other hand, making the most of any minute or hour available "to make something happen" might. Think of working habits, attitude, focus, perseverance and ability to build on what you've done, learned, experienced.

        Sleeping 3-hours can be cool. If it's only to have more time to wander around, being unfocused, procrastinate and do anything else that keeps you from doing what really matters, not sure it's worth it. To spend more time doing what you like the most - maybe designing ads or business models or else, could gain from "extended working hours". In the end, it all goes down to why you're doing something.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
      Originally Posted by hazyl lee View Post

      Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
      Well, I agree! Maybe I can survive with 3 hours sleep only on the first day. On the second day, I need to sleep longer or else I won't function properly. I would say sleep is very important.
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    • Profile picture of the author jay walters
      Originally Posted by hazyl lee View Post

      Hey, before you start making money, first you need to take care of your health. Nothing is important than your health. It is not good to have little time to sleep. Human should have 6-7hours of sleep so that you can be very productive in day time. Think about it again. You can earn money at any time but you can't really have a healthy body back if you didn't take care of it at the beginning.
      I totally agree with hazyl lee. Nothing is more important than the health of our body. At the end of the day, work will remain work and we never run out of work but our body will always find itself worn out and needs some rest.
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    • Profile picture of the author selfempoyedchic
      I agree with you!
      One eventually loses his/her money with deteriorating health.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

    Diddy (Famous for sleeping less than 4 hours a day)

    “I'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.

    “Sleep is forbidden. When I’m working, I’m a machine and I don’t look at other people like they are human.

    “I'm working when you're sleeping!! When you think you've done enough for the day, KEEP GOING!!

    Silvio Berlusconi (Famous for sleeping 2-4 hours a day)

    "I am constantly working and I don't sleep more than two hours a night.

    "Work, work, work - I am almost German.

    Jerry Weintraub (Famous for sleeping 4-5 hours a day)

    Jerry Weintraub on sacrificing sleep:

    “I made a choice for career and for success. When you make that choice, you give up something - you have to give up something. I worked 24 hours a day and still do, seven days a week. I don't know about Saturday or Sunday, I don't know about holidays and vacations.

    Donald Trump (Known for sleeping 3-5 hours a day)

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way.

    Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

    "I literally require no sleep. I can go to sleep for two hours, three hours, and I get up and can kill it.

    "It's not that I don't get a lot of sleep, it's that I don't require a lot of sleep.

    "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

    Darryn Lyons (3-5 hour sleeper)

    "Working like a dog during the week wore me out, so I would try and catch up on sleep at weekends.?I didn’t want to let a minute go past without trying to make money. To this day, I won’t go near washing and ironing. It’s such a bad use of time.

    "In this job, a typical working day is one that never ends. I’m usually awake by around 5 or 6 a.m, and most of the time I don’t get to bed till 2 or 3 a.m.

    "If I have to work around the clock to make something happen, then I’ll do it. People don’t want to work the hours I work, and nobody works as hard as I do. They simply can’t do it – but work is the reason we went fro ‘little’ pictures to f***ing BIG pictures."

    Damon Dash (4-6 hour sleeper)

    "I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them.

    "I work hard, so I surround myself with people that work just as hard. It's important if you want to create a successful brand. Also, the concept of being "tired" doesn’t really apply to me. In fact, I don’t even consider "tired" tired. If you want to succeed and be successful, you can’t let it bother you.

    "I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they don’t get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think it’s about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed

    "You have to walk it like you talk it. My greatest example is myself and if I can continue to work so can they, you know what I mean? Unless you got more money than me, I don't see how anybody could be relaxing. And even if they have more money they shouldn't be relaxing with it. If you don't have what I have, and I am still putting in the work, I don't see how someone else still is (relaxing).

    Martha Stewart (2- 4 hour sleeper)

    It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now.

    Aristotle Onassis (Used to sleep 4 Hours day)

    Aristotle on sacrificing sleep:

    “Don't sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

    “Don't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles.


    What do you think?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vienn
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

      Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

      "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

      OMG, I don't see sleep like that. I value sleep very much and never think sleeping "waste any minute" of my life. In fact, I find that I'm less efficient when I don't get enough sleep. I'm also very touchy and unable to concentrate. In short, my life is not so good when I don't get enough sleep.

      That's why one of the things I really hate is people messing up with my sleep like when calling while I'm catching my Zs and playing music, even if it's not that loud, but still audible.

      Like Oddah said it's about finding what's right for you. IMHO, having a few hours of sleep so you have more time to work shouldn't be considered a contribution to success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chetz Togom
      I believe that you can train your body to sleep less instead of what they said, 7-8 hours. There was also finding that previously, people didn't really sleep 7-8 hours straight. They slept 4 hours, woke up, did some work (even visited friends at 2 or 3 am) and then went back to sleep.

      I tried to sleep only 3-4 hours a day... so far I sleep around 1 or 2 am and wake up at 6 am... then in the afternoon I take a one hour nap. It kinda works for me.

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    • Profile picture of the author cobwab
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

      Diddy (Famous for sleeping less than 4 hours a day)

      “I'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.

      “Sleep is forbidden. When I’m working, I’m a machine and I don’t look at other people like they are human.

      “I'm working when you're sleeping!! When you think you've done enough for the day, KEEP GOING!!

      Silvio Berlusconi (Famous for sleeping 2-4 hours a day)

      "I am constantly working and I don't sleep more than two hours a night.

      "Work, work, work - I am almost German.

      Jerry Weintraub (Famous for sleeping 4-5 hours a day)

      Jerry Weintraub on sacrificing sleep:

      “I made a choice for career and for success. When you make that choice, you give up something - you have to give up something. I worked 24 hours a day and still do, seven days a week. I don't know about Saturday or Sunday, I don't know about holidays and vacations.

      Donald Trump (Known for sleeping 3-5 hours a day)

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way.

      Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

      "I literally require no sleep. I can go to sleep for two hours, three hours, and I get up and can kill it.

      "It's not that I don't get a lot of sleep, it's that I don't require a lot of sleep.

      "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

      Darryn Lyons (3-5 hour sleeper)

      "Working like a dog during the week wore me out, so I would try and catch up on sleep at weekends.?I didn’t want to let a minute go past without trying to make money. To this day, I won’t go near washing and ironing. It’s such a bad use of time.

      "In this job, a typical working day is one that never ends. I’m usually awake by around 5 or 6 a.m, and most of the time I don’t get to bed till 2 or 3 a.m.

      "If I have to work around the clock to make something happen, then I’ll do it. People don’t want to work the hours I work, and nobody works as hard as I do. They simply can’t do it – but work is the reason we went fro ‘little’ pictures to f***ing BIG pictures."

      Damon Dash (4-6 hour sleeper)

      "I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them.

      "I work hard, so I surround myself with people that work just as hard. It's important if you want to create a successful brand. Also, the concept of being "tired" doesn’t really apply to me. In fact, I don’t even consider "tired" tired. If you want to succeed and be successful, you can’t let it bother you.

      "I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they don’t get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think it’s about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed

      "You have to walk it like you talk it. My greatest example is myself and if I can continue to work so can they, you know what I mean? Unless you got more money than me, I don't see how anybody could be relaxing. And even if they have more money they shouldn't be relaxing with it. If you don't have what I have, and I am still putting in the work, I don't see how someone else still is (relaxing).

      Martha Stewart (2- 4 hour sleeper)

      It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now.

      Aristotle Onassis (Used to sleep 4 Hours day)

      Aristotle on sacrificing sleep:

      “Don't sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

      “Don't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles.


      What do you think?
      Sounds good to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    It is about finding what is right for you ..

    I am bi polar i can go long periods of time with only 3-4 hours of sleep a night .. and then crash for a few days .. but i am never able to sleep more than 8.. well thats a lie when i tried meds .. i couldn't get enough sleep ..

    honestly when you find your rythym and what you are ment to do you won't need as much sleep .. but if your body needs rest always rest enough ..

    are they successfull because they only sleep 4 hours a night ... or because they get so much energy from what they do .. they just don't need as much sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author Madisonseo
    I need at least 10 hours minimum
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Can you survive with 3 hours sleep?
      Not for long before some one would shoot me or put a stake through my heart mistaking me for a zombie!

      I need my beauty sleep.

      Seriously though, I personally wouldn't want to try and emulate any of those people because everyone should know what they need for their optimal performance and it just so happens that 3 or 4 hours of sleep isn't mine.

      And besides, not enough sleep can lead to weight gain and cause the body's natural healing process to fail.

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    most of the time my brain doesn't even fully turn on until 9 or 10 pm a night ..no matter what i do i can't stop this from happening.. so it is only recently that i have began to look for a way to benifit from instead of fight it
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  • Profile picture of the author SchenkerF
    If you don't sleep because of work, you are stressed, even if you don't realize it and after some time you'll get a burnout.. that's normal, being stressed and forgetting everything around you - even your health, and than all of a sudden, it will hit you...
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  • Well, I don't think I would survive that short hours of sleep. Rest is very important to me in order to be more productive in the next day. But if sometimes over time will be necessary, I wouldn't mind sleeping 3hrs but for the whole week with that kind of sleeping hours. I doubt I survive that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    are you ever financially free if you have to endager your health to be more productive .. or shal i say appear to be more productive ..

    It's your choice if you want to be a slave to getting more money .. but if your makeing enough money to live and you just don't need more than 4 hours sleep ..enjoy
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    • Profile picture of the author XYZGirlBiz
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      are you ever financially free if you have to endager your health to be more productive .. or shal i say appear to be more productive ..

      It's your choice if you want to be a slave to getting more money .. but if your makeing enough money to live and you just don't need more than 4 hours sleep ..enjoy
      ^This. To each her/his own, but sleep is something every human needs. Trading your health for money/success doesn't sound very appealing to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
      The answer to that question would maybe be twofold. 'Success' by its term is subjective and people can spend time differently, perhaps more wisely than the person who spends more time doing less of the same thing.

      ....like styling their hair for instance, which may, in the eyes of some, be a 'success' in some cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

    "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
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    • Profile picture of the author NoobSensei
      Originally Posted by brute77 View Post

      I havenot surveyed all the people myself, but the list of quotes itself is a tiny proof for people proponent of less sleep and donald trup's statement kind of sums it up..

      "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way. "
      But for every successful person who is on your list of quotes of minimal sleepers, there may be hundreds of others who sleep a "normal" amount.

      Besides, it's not at all clear if it's even possible to "train" your body to need less sleep (beyond just living a healthy lifestyle). Some people just don't require as much sleep as others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    actually i think the quote should just be .. how does one sleep 12-14 hours a day .....and if that is a priority for you .. you only really need enough to buy an extremly comfortable bed ..

    then again .. he might have un knowingly been refering to hugh hefner ..and i'd stay in bed 12 hours a day if i had and endless supply of playboy bunnies ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Gavin8492
    I NEED my 8 hours or I can't function at all lol
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronMorton
    Brute77 my question to u is how successful r u at the moment with the amount of waking hours you have currently?
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    • Profile picture of the author brute77
      Originally Posted by AaronMorton View Post

      Brute77 my question to u is how successful r u at the moment with the amount of waking hours you have currently?
      @Aaron : I sleep about 8-10 hrs which I think is a ridiculous waste of time. I could easily accomplish more with atleast an added 3 hours i.e. 100 hrs extra a month!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bluestarace
    In time of need, I actually can. But I don't prefer it. I am more productive with at least 6 hours of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlesparkered
    I can't think properly when i sleep below 5 hours, i'm not sure how they survive on 3hours sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author automaton
    Personally, I don't now how great would be for me only 3 hours of sleep and how efficient I would be. However, there are people who are doing polyphasic sleep and sleeping only 2 hours daily, by autodiscipline (they sleep 20 minutes at a few hours distance and this routine has to be strictly followed) and educating their bodies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bigfoot1
    I prefer 8-9 hours of sleep, sometimes more, sometimes less.

    The key is to make your life so interesting that you'd rather be awake than sleep. Thats what happens when you live a life doing interesting stuff and work you love.
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    • Profile picture of the author Larryheat
      I remeber an old quote, a relative once said to me- he never seemed to sleep and I asked him about it. He said "I'll sleep forever when I am dead". Unfortunetly he had short life-perhaps from lack of sleep.
      I worked my way through college and after 5+ years with still 1.5 years to go I got frustrated-I took a full time job in a food processing plant- the hours where 7pm to 7am 3 days a week and 7pm to 1am for the 4th day then 3.5 days off.
      I went to school full time while I did this crazy schedule. I would get home at 8 am go to classes until about 1:30pm get to sleep by 2pm be at work zonked on coffee by 7pm. The shift swirled around a rotating schedule: Some weekends off others on. The off weekends while my friends went to parties I slept.
      I lived for several years on this schedule and to this day I can function OK on a few hours of sleep. BUT after a fewweeks I need a good solid 10 hours to recharge and rejuvenate. However most of my average sleep is 5 to 7 hours per night. We are all wired differently when it comes to sleep, my wife needs 9 to 10 hours every night. For her it is early to bed early to rise!
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard A.Cox
    I don't think there is any correlation at all.

    It seems to be used as some sort of badge of honor amongst people of a certain mindset, their dislike of sleep a by-product of a feverish mind perhaps.


    "When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits."

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    • Profile picture of the author identisk
      Leonardo da Vinci
      Some sources claim that the legendary artist Leonardo Da Vinci was able to stay awake and alert almost 22 hours of every day, all the while working on brilliant artworks and inventions. He slept only 1.5 - 2 hours a day taking a nap 15 - 20 minutes for every four hours that he was awake.

      Nikola Tesla
      One of the greatest inventors claimed to sleep just 2 - 3 hours a day.

      Thomas Jefferson
      Thomas Jefferson is considered to be a polyphasic sleeper. He slept only 2 hours a day.

      Thomas Edison
      The great scientist remarked that he slept less than 5 hours a night.

      Sir Isaac Newton
      Sir Isaac Newton needed 3-4 hours of sleep daily.
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      • Profile picture of the author craftziner
        Originally Posted by identisk View Post

        Leonardo da Vinci
        Some sources claim that the legendary artist Leonardo Da Vinci was able to stay awake and alert almost 22 hours of every day, all the while working on brilliant artworks and inventions. He slept only 1.5 - 2 hours a day taking a nap 15 - 20 minutes for every four hours that he was awake.

        Nikola Tesla
        One of the greatest inventors claimed to sleep just 2 - 3 hours a day.

        Thomas Jefferson
        Thomas Jefferson is considered to be a polyphasic sleeper. He slept only 2 hours a day.

        Thomas Edison
        The great scientist remarked that he slept less than 5 hours a night.

        Sir Isaac Newton
        Sir Isaac Newton needed 3-4 hours of sleep daily.
        I think DaVinci got it right... 20 minutes of cat nap for every 4 hours, and about 2 hours of solid sleep.... we don't have that luxury in most cases...

        That and the rest of the folks - they were all working to achieve something other than money... I would say that would have kept them awake... I have kept going for more than a day and a half when I am working on something interesting - for example, when I'm programming and trying to troubleshoot something... but money or the lack of it, somehow was never something which kept me awake beyond 18 hours or so...:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author JuanDestruct
    i have experienced moments in my life wherein i get soo much excited that i forget to get tired... these occur for days. perhaps that's just it. if you 1.) enjoy working so much that you are actually 2.) less stressed and 3.) your body is less likely to get tired.

    perhaps a 15 min power nap is enough.

    unfortunately, i had that experience while playing civilization 4.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jakro
      Originally Posted by JuanDestruct View Post

      i have experienced moments in my life wherein i get soo much excited that i forget to get tired...

      unfortunately, i had that experience while playing civilization 4.
      I had this too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dex88
    In my opinion, it really depends with how you actually define success.

    If what success means to you is having a lot of money, I don't think you have to lessen your sleeping hours permanently for this. You just have to find ways how you can manage your time more efficiently and not micromanage everything.

    If you are passionate about your work though, and its not just about the money, then I can totally understand why you would want to lessen your sleeping hours.

    That's just my opinion though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jillian W
    I actually only got 3 hours of sleep last night and I thought it was interesting seeing a thread relating to it. So from my perspective, I currently have a huge headache and can't keep my eyes open that long. To be honest I have stayed up for over 72 hours with probably only 2 hours of sleep maximum during those three nights and it was not fun at all. Surprisingly I was stil able to function.

    Although I did survive with 3 hours of sleep, I will not do that again. It hurts my health and my health is pretty much whats keeping me alive.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    I have also seen some antedotal cases of highly successful people who sleep the more common 7 to 8 hours, so to say "ALL successful people" sleep very littel is definitely incorrect.

    Everyone has there own needs. The quality of the sleep may make a big difference. All sleep is not created equal!
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  • Profile picture of the author StanfieldSK
    I do not believe that one requires less sleep to be successful. I do believe that Most Successful people do sleep less that those of us that have 8 to 5 jobs or Blue Collar workers. I do think that Most of these successful folks do have an Energy about them and a mindset that does have less stress because of the enjoyment of the work they do. The mindset of these people is such that ideas and thoughts race through their mind in such a way that sleep is just another way for their mind to solve and create more solutions for the ideas they have thought of during the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    I need at least 7 hours of sleep. I used to sleep a lot less than that until I ended up in a hospital.
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  • Profile picture of the author john Roberts
    There are times to where i don't sleep for at least 2 days straight. but i have stayed up 3 days in a row but this is not good either way you look at it. but we have to get done what we have to to get paid..
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    • Profile picture of the author lavalink
      This is a great thread. One of my favorite examples of a modern person who sleeps only 2-3 hours is Sri Chinmoy. He died recently, unfortunately. But as a spiritual teacher, he's famous for his achievements, which include writing over 17,000 songs, over 50,000 poems, and performing over 700 concerts.

      As far as I understand he meditated a few hours every day, however. A good read for anyone interested in this topic is the 4 Hour Body and combined with the Wakeup Productive program by Eben Pagan I've learnt that our body has cycles - "Ultradian rhythms" as its referred to.

      A big part of increasing my productivity these days is being attuned to the ups and downs of this cycle, resting when necessary, and staying awake at the cycle's apex. It's an interesting concept to research further for anyone who's interested in this area of their life.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joni D
        Originally Posted by lavalink View Post


        A good read for anyone interested in this topic is the 4 Hour Body and combined with the Wakeup Productive program by Eben Pagan I've learnt that our body has cycles - "Ultradian rhythms" as its referred to.

        A big part of increasing my productivity these days is being attuned to the ups and downs of this cycle, resting when necessary, and staying awake at the cycle's apex. It's an interesting concept to research further for anyone who's interested in this area of their life.
        I haven't read Eben's program, but as a female over 50 the hormonal change won't allow me to sleep, so I just work, and then take melatonin to stay asleep, hope this cycle doesn't stick around too long, I can tell I need more than 4 continual hours, hate waking up 3x a night, but melatonin makes it easier to fall back asleep.

        I agree that a quick 20min rest mid day can make a big difference. I think it's healthy to rest a little each day to recharge the focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevealtman
    The reason I think that someone with 8 hours of sleep as opposed to 3 hours of sleep may be more successful

    is because a rested mind is more powerful and active than a dull mind living on minimal sleep..

    Without sleep, you won't be able to think straight, you'll make bad decisions, you won't be on the top of your game.

    You can sleep 3 hours, and work 21 hours.. feeling horrible the entire time,

    or you can sleep 8 hours, eat healthy meals that fuel your energy, go out for a jog, and be in top mental health so you can do the work you would have done in 21 hours, in under 8 hours.. while being happy and healthy.

    Never sacrifice health for work.

    Maybe not all smart people have surpassed hard working people, but the smart healthy and happy people who do surpass the hard working people, usually end up MUCH richer and happier.

    Mark Zuckerberg slept till noon everyday. Yet look at how successful he is
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    • Profile picture of the author elvibora
      Originally Posted by stevealtman View Post

      The reason I think that someone with 8 hours of sleep as opposed to 3 hours of sleep may be more successful

      is because a rested mind is more powerful and active than a dull mind living on minimal sleep..

      Without sleep, you won't be able to think straight, you'll make bad decisions, you won't be on the top of your game.

      You can sleep 3 hours, and work 21 hours.. feeling horrible the entire time,

      or you can sleep 8 hours, eat healthy meals that fuel your energy, go out for a jog, and be in top mental health so you can do the work you would have done in 21 hours, in under 8 hours.. while being happy and healthy.

      Never sacrifice health for work.

      Maybe not all smart people have surpassed hard working people, but the smart healthy and happy people who do surpass the hard working people, usually end up MUCH richer and happier.

      Mark Zuckerberg slept till noon everyday. Yet look at how successful he is
      Very well said - Thanks.

      Our health is more important than making money... to me and to my wife.

      Is making money important? Hell Yes! As long as it make you (and you family) happy and you make enough to live comfortable, to share, and to spare.

      We are a very successful people and get whatever sleep we require at any given moment... 7 to 10 hours; even 12 if we need it.
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    • Profile picture of the author StoneP31
      Originally Posted by stevealtman View Post


      Never sacrifice health for work.

      Maybe not all smart people have surpassed hard working people, but the smart healthy and happy people who do surpass the hard working people, usually end up MUCH richer and happier.

      Mark Zuckerberg slept till noon everyday. Yet look at how successful he is
      less sleep doesn't equal success. harder work and more planning leads to success
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  • Profile picture of the author nosoulninja
    I can't function without at least 6 hours of sleep. Heck most of the time I need a solid 8 hours to fully function
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    • Profile picture of the author troybh
      I think that the amount of sleep needed also correlates with your lifestyle. People who have physical jobs will need more sleep. Also I know a lot of the low sleep people quoted also eat very healthy and some are vegetarians. Also avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco etc... are all traits of successful people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Joseph
    I think the issue is time management. You need to be able to do what you need to effectively. There have been studies that show that mental aptitude decreases with less sleep (short-term and long-term). 8 hours is the recommended, so I would say anything less than 6 hours is pushing it.

    Remember there is a reason us humans need to sleep. Our eyes (that we view the computer screen/s on), our hands (that we type with) and brains (that we strategize with) all need relaxation to function properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
    One of my coaching clients once asked me, "How long should my sales letter be?"

    My reply was simple - "As long as it needs to be to say what it needs to say".

    The same principles apply for sleep - we need what we need, and for those people who think they can increase productivity by aiming to "sleep less" I say, 'Oh fool you!'

    If you want to know how much you personally SHOULD sleep then live a month without your alarm. Go to bed early and get up when you wake up - and I'm not talking about rolling over for a few more 3 or 4 times either.

    When I'm working on an exciting project I"l often only sleep 6 hrs or so. But once or twice a month I DON'T sleep of a night, and maybe catch and hour or three during the say. These are times when inspiration hits me and I can't stop writing.

    But then other times, between projects I'll often average 8 - 9 hours. It all depends on how active my mind is and what needs to be done.

    But the thing is, I don't use my alarm anymore except for those rare times when I MUST be up at a certain time to be at a certain place... just in case I'm not already awake.

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  • Profile picture of the author Casey Wong
    Oh my, I don't think I can survive with 3 hours of sleep as I'm a person who must have 8hours of sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author batkimi
      You might survive but you can not function, learn or work at your full capacity because your brain need at least 6 hours of sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author ElliotBerg
    I liked this thread. Sleeping hours is a topic which can be discussed on and on without a concrete solution. One simple logic is that we need to sleep for rest. However, at the same breadth I am sure that in most of the cases it's about mind. If you are mentally tired, then you can't work. If you are a regular mediator or you are regular performing yoga asanas, then you would be active through the day. Personally speaking I don't think body needs more than couple of hours of sleep. During my exams I used to end up sleeping only 2 hrs daily, and this would continue for over a month. This habit had least impact on me physically. It's all mind game. If we are mentally sound, then we would need lesser sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author bellakristen
    I need minimum 6 - 8 hours sleep.Otherwise I'll get tired on the very next day
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    The question is "Can you survive in 3 hours sleep?" Well, to answer that directly, I think it's based on the health/physical condition of the person.

    With regard to relating this topic to one's success in IM or in any business, I think we still can't say that to be successful, you'll have to sleep 3 to 4 hours a day and follow the sleeping patterns of those successful people who were/are sleeping for 3 to 4 hours a day. It's all dependent on the person's health/physical condition. If your body can do it, then try it.


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  • Profile picture of the author mandude002
    Apparently I DO have the entrepreneurial mindset! I too "hate sleep" I tell people it all the time, I say that I think sleep is a waste of time, and there are more productive things that can be done.

    That being said, I have been sleeping too much and my sleep schedule is all wake lately. Think its stress. I am not sure if I could function on 3 hrs of sleep for long, but I still have the same thoughts about sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author Geordie John
      5 hours a night for me from 1am till 6am weekdays... weekends i tend to go to sleep around 1am and lay in till the kids wake me up at 8
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      • Profile picture of the author ayazahmed
        Originally Posted by Geordie John View Post

        5 hours a night for me from 1am till 6am weekdays... weekends i tend to go to sleep around 1am and lay in till the kids wake me up at 8
        I prefer 6 hours sleep for weekdays and around 7 hours on weekends. Good to know there are other people like me
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        • Profile picture of the author RussellTaylor
          Because of a illness I went eight days sleeping no more than 2 hours a day and that was light sleep. I have never felt worse in my life, not because of the illness but because of the lack of sleep. It seemed to compound itself with each day that went by. When it finally broke I sleep for about six hours and was 75% back. I never thought about people with insomnia before but now I have pity for them. It's awful to say the least.
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur sharma
    Next reply on this topic should be from a person who is highly sucesfull or atleast a billionaire.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dex88
    To answer the main question.

    Can you survive with 3 hours of sleep?

    The answer is yes.... but you will definitely shorten your lifespan. I'm not sure by how much, but there have been medical studies about this.

    Well, i suppose it's worth it if you live your short life with fame and fortune.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alohatom
      No way -- I need at least six hours!!
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      I think it also comes down to this important question.

      Why are you getting 3 hours of sleep? Is it because you're engaged in something mentally stimulating like creating, learning and discovering?

      Or Is it because of something negative like worry, drugs, stress,etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andreas Quintana
      Originally Posted by Dex88 View Post

      To answer the main question.

      Can you survive with 3 hours of sleep?

      The answer is yes.... but you will definitely shorten your lifespan. I'm not sure by how much, but there have been medical studies about this.

      Well, i suppose it's worth it if you live your short life with fame and fortune.
      If that is true...then we will loose the years we gained previously from sleeping less at the end of our lifespan O_o


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    • Profile picture of the author Brant
      The answer is "no", you can't. You can survive and function on 3 hours of sleep for only a very, very brief span, and even when that span is over with you will crash for longer than the average of 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

      Sleep is not a luxury, it is vitally necessary to your brain's health and your vascular system's healthy functioning. Lack of sleep is directly linked to weight problems, heart disease, eating disorders, and a vast array of emotional disorders. The lack of focus that will come with little sleep should be self-evident. No amount of money can make up for insomnia, be it voluntarily imposed on oneself or a medical disorder.

      The research about those who only sleep three or four hours per night doesn't tell you that these same people "power nap" all the damn time.

      I could go on and on, but the bottom line is: get your sleep, and make your work time in your waking life Quality Time. Multi-millionaires and those with billions of dollars don't skimp on sleep. They get plenty of it. What they do differently than you is: they spend most of their waking hours engaged in activities that can make money. They love and enjoy these activities. Make your vocation your vacation.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlmightyGreg
      Originally Posted by Dex88 View Post

      To answer the main question.

      Can you survive with 3 hours of sleep?

      The answer is yes.... but you will definitely shorten your lifespan. I'm not sure by how much, but there have been medical studies about this.

      Well, i suppose it's worth it if you live your short life with fame and fortune.
      wow i had no idea... better start sleeping more from now on lol
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    • Profile picture of the author vic alexander
      According to Margaret Thatcher, she survived on less than 4 hours.
      Went to bed late and got up early. Reigned as Prime Minister for 11 years, longest serving and lived to 87. Not bad. Richard Branson does the same.
      Must be some connection to successful people and only requiring minimum sleep.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lurk
        brute77

        See what some of the people has to say about sacrificing their sleep..

        Diddy (Famous for sleeping less than 4 hours a day)

        “I'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.

        “Sleep is forbidden. When I’m working, I’m a machine and I don’t look at other people like they are human.

        “I'm working when you're sleeping!! When you think you've done enough for the day, KEEP GOING!!

        Silvio Berlusconi (Famous for sleeping 2-4 hours a day)

        "I am constantly working and I don't sleep more than two hours a night.

        "Work, work, work - I am almost German.

        Jerry Weintraub (Famous for sleeping 4-5 hours a day)

        Jerry Weintraub on sacrificing sleep:

        “I made a choice for career and for success. When you make that choice, you give up something - you have to give up something. I worked 24 hours a day and still do, seven days a week. I don't know about Saturday or Sunday, I don't know about holidays and vacations.

        Donald Trump (Known for sleeping 3-5 hours a day)

        "I sleep very little, 3 or 4 hours a night. And that's what I need. And I have friends that need 12 hours' sleep. I say, 12 hours? What are you going to do? So how does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with somebody that's sleeping 3 or 4 ? It doesn't work that way.

        Dana White (2-5 hours sleeper)

        "I literally require no sleep. I can go to sleep for two hours, three hours, and I get up and can kill it.

        "It's not that I don't get a lot of sleep, it's that I don't require a lot of sleep.

        "My life is so good, I don't want to waste any minute of it sleeping. I hate sleeping.

        Darryn Lyons (3-5 hour sleeper)

        "Working like a dog during the week wore me out, so I would try and catch up on sleep at weekends.?I didn’t want to let a minute go past without trying to make money. To this day, I won’t go near washing and ironing. It’s such a bad use of time.

        "In this job, a typical working day is one that never ends. I’m usually awake by around 5 or 6 a.m, and most of the time I don’t get to bed till 2 or 3 a.m.

        "If I have to work around the clock to make something happen, then I’ll do it. People don’t want to work the hours I work, and nobody works as hard as I do. They simply can’t do it – but work is the reason we went fro ‘little’ pictures to f***ing BIG pictures."

        Damon Dash (4-6 hour sleeper)

        "I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them.

        "I work hard, so I surround myself with people that work just as hard. It's important if you want to create a successful brand. Also, the concept of being "tired" doesn’t really apply to me. In fact, I don’t even consider "tired" tired. If you want to succeed and be successful, you can’t let it bother you.

        "I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they don’t get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think it’s about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed

        "You have to walk it like you talk it. My greatest example is myself and if I can continue to work so can they, you know what I mean? Unless you got more money than me, I don't see how anybody could be relaxing. And even if they have more money they shouldn't be relaxing with it. If you don't have what I have, and I am still putting in the work, I don't see how someone else still is (relaxing).

        Martha Stewart (2- 4 hour sleeper)

        It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now.

        Aristotle Onassis (Used to sleep 4 Hours day)

        Aristotle on sacrificing sleep:

        “Don't sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

        “Don't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles.


        What do you think?
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        Leonardo da Vinci
        Some sources claim that the legendary artist Leonardo Da Vinci was able to stay awake and alert almost 22 hours of every day, all the while working on brilliant artworks and inventions. He slept only 1.5 - 2 hours a day taking a nap 15 - 20 minutes for every four hours that he was awake.

        Nikola Tesla
        One of the greatest inventors claimed to sleep just 2 - 3 hours a day.

        Thomas Jefferson
        Thomas Jefferson is considered to be a polyphasic sleeper. He slept only 2 hours a day.

        Thomas Edison
        The great scientist remarked that he slept less than 5 hours a night.

        Sir Isaac Newton
        Sir Isaac Newton needed 3-4 hours of sleep daily.
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        According to Margaret Thatcher, she survived on less than 4 hours.
        Went to bed late and got up early. Reigned as Prime Minister for 11 years, longest serving and lived to 87. Not bad. Richard Branson does the same.
        Must be some connection to successful people and only requiring minimum sleep.[end quote]
        Nice information guys/gals. I personally dont "think" I could sleep on 3 hours but I dont know for certain.
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    • Profile picture of the author trustedmarketer
      Exactly what I was going say Dex.

      My Uncle used to get 2-3 hours sleep and passed away at the age of 45. Ideally due to our hectic lifestyles, you need 7-8 hours sleep. I already get 9 hours of solid sleep and if this Internet Business works out, I plan to add another 2 hours of sleep ( siesta) during the day.

      Originally Posted by Dex88 View Post

      To answer the main question.

      Can you survive with 3 hours of sleep?

      The answer is yes.... but you will definitely shorten your lifespan. I'm not sure by how much, but there have been medical studies about this.

      Well, i suppose it's worth it if you live your short life with fame and fortune.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mary Greene
      Brute77, I think we're so caught up in the 4-hour work week view of productivity that we're measuring sleep's value by time only.

      Many have already said their optimal hours of sleep depend on genetics, age, and oxygen to the brain--all excellent points. Optimal sleep hours also vary because some sleep deeply while others toss and turn with worry or sleep apnea.

      =>I see sleep as another natural asset to develop and use in different ways. It's a perfect time for reclaiming intuition and creativity.

      My late sister Sue was a musical genius with strongly developed logical thinking skills as well as the right-brained creativity. Still, she often fretted over problems involving a production, concert, or composition.

      Just before Sue went to sleep, she would pose her questions and put in her resolution order just like a take-out pizza! By halfway through the next day, the solution would just come to her out of the blue.

      I've never understood why we spend more time and money maintaining our cars and mobile phones than we spend on our most valuable resource--our brains. With a little help, our brain could become something like that elusive Easy Button. So what do we feed it? Saturated fat, sugar, petty conflict, secret addictions, and 24/7 TV crime show reruns.

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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    I need at least 7 hours or I am not very productive for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author JTzor
    Sleep is a fundamental part of our lives. If you want some real good insights into the in's and out's of sleep, check out the below link from the American Psychological Association.

    Why sleep is important and what happens when you don't get enough

    My personal opinion means nothing in this regard. I personally can function on diminished amounts of sleep for short periods of time. The risks are too great however to continue on reduced sleep, say in the range of 3-4 hours every single night, as our bodies are mainly adapted and built for between 6-8 hours of sleep, optimally.

    Now, as others have stated, this varies from person to person, but you cannot escape the important stages, especially of REM sleep. When one person is deprived of deep sleep for too long, during times of wakefulness, he or she will occasionally fall into micro sleeps (5-10 seconds) that cause lapses in attention, nod off while doing an activity like driving or reading and then finally experience hypnagogic hallucinations, the beginning of REM sleep. Dangerous and uncool.

    As to the OP's original question of folks surviving solely on 3 hours of sleep, theoretically I guess you can survive it, as long as your intake of food and water are enough to stave off starvation and thirst respectively, HOWEVER, sooner or later you will inevitably and most likely accidentally, fall victim to some event that normally would require you to be at full alertness and attention, which unfortunately lack of sleep will not allow.

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  • Profile picture of the author andrekhrisna
    You should sleep at least 6 hours to recover your energy.
    3 hours defintely not enough.
    Take care of your health.
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  • Profile picture of the author isaacburks9z
    You can but its not healthy.. You often times hear people say not to sleep and to sleep less. But it is very healthy and Dr. recommended to get rest and a good 6 hours min or more if you can, sleep more thats good.

    12 hrs a day I think is a little much but between 5-10 I think is good. Or even if you sleep like 4 hours during the night and take a hour or two nap during the day is good too thats what I do.

    I ready once that Google has a sleep area for their workers to take naps since its proven they are more productive and work better with mid day naps.
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  • Profile picture of the author NaJedynce
    There was a simillar topic at the Warriors about having six 20minutes naps through whole day. Simple calculation - 3 hours a day. And I'm sure that can be done. The main thing about sleeping is giving our brain time to attempt recovery and store whole messages collected through the day. So if you mention to just DO something you can try, but while learning something I guess it's pointless.
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  • Profile picture of the author escribe
    I don't think having three hours of sleep one night is bad. But if you do it continuously day after day, I think that could take a toll on your health. More sleep is necessary in conjunction to good eating and staying active. I know Donald Trump only gets 4 hours a night. He thinks any more is a waste of a life since there is so much to do. If it works for him cool, but in the end I don't think that's a healthy way to live.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kostas Papadakis
    I will agree with Dex88.....you can survive with three hours sleep, at a cost..and that will come up later...
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  • Profile picture of the author ZahraBrown
    Once in a while I could, but not on a regular basis. I'd rather sleep longer and focus more in a shorter amount of time. 8 hours a day is enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author QWE
    I have to sleep for at least 6 hours a day or I can't function. I do take a lot of mini-naps during the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caragui
    I don't think it would be healthy to deprive yourself of sleep. It is practical from time to time when you need to really finish a project or what not but doing it as a habit would certainly be detrimental in the long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackMetal
    In most things in life, seo, food, sleep, exercise etc etc, it is best to stick to what is natural.
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    • Profile picture of the author macstop
      Ime with the 7 hours a nite crew , good exercise 3 times a week , balanced diet , always works for me , Mac
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  • Hey, I personally think proper sleep is required. It differs from one to the other. But without proper sleep the output will be miserable. So buddy do not exert yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
    I'm surviving on 3-4 at the moment; but have to ensure that I stretch at least twice a day, work out daily, and maintain a strict diet to keep my body from just going completely out of wack. You have to be careful with how you handle things or risk messing yourself up in the long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I can survive with only having a 3 hours of sleep because I to do that all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DemiWallis
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    If I were to choose between 6-7 hours of sleep and making money but deprive myself from sleeping, I would choose to sleep. There may be many sucessful persons who survive with only 2-3 hours of sleep, but if you want to have a healthy body and mind you have to rest preoperly. We should not put the money above our health, or put our health in danger because we want to make more money. I had to seep only 4 hours a night for the last two weeks and I can say that I was tired all the time and in a bad mood. So I do not recommend to sleep less only because there are public figures that do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anoopchawla
    I read some study about it that says it varies according to the genetics you have. For examples there are people who have inherited genes which help them be healthy while sleeping just 5-6 hours a day ( The gene is very rare, found in just 3-4% of population).

    I actually have a friend like that, I am so surprised to see how less she sleeps.

    After Reading about this study I told her about this theory and she said may be that gene theory is true because her Mom is also like that. Her Mom sleeps like 3-4 hours a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Same
    3 hours sleep. You can survive, and you can live with this, but later you will find yourself in deep psychology problems in my opinion. You gonna lose your focus, attention and your face probably will look bad.

    God gave us 6-12 hours of darkness, and we should use it. My opinion - we have sleep at least 7 hours day - You'll be productive, happy, and energetic!

    Your brain's need sleep so much as your stomach needs food!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kristabelle
    Sleeping patters are different for everyone. I heard a doctor once say that it all relates back to what kind of sleeping you had as a baby. There is a study about adolences that ssays that they work better and longer if they start later in the day, I think there is even a school in the US that is trialling that.

    I support the idea of 5-6 hours sleep max. Any longer and then your not getting enough deep sleep - move house or change your bed. Simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gianni
    I sleep 10 hours a day, I wish I could sleep less time to accomplish more during
    the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Gibson
    Seems like the common theme is less sleep shaves time off of your life at the end, however, you get to experience more since you are awake longer and accomplish more. A shorter, more full, exciting and successful life is more appealing to me than a good night's sleep and an unnecessarily elongated lifespan. The comment about quality is also important as well though. Some people I personally know can accomplish more in an hour or two than most people can in a day so they sleep quite a bit.
    I personally function better if I keep my sleep time between 4-6 hours. I wonder if there is such a thing as too much sleep...Fascinating topic either way!
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  • Profile picture of the author H.a.l.
    This is something I have also noticed, the most successful people I have met tend to require very little sleep.

    Here is some info about how to improve/optimize your sleep:
    (I can't post links due to my post count, search for "sleep site:bulletproofexec.com".

    Nutrition, exercise and mental state are all large factors in determining your sleep habits.
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  • Profile picture of the author BBery
    to sleep 3 hours a day for me does not seem possible, with sleeping for 6 hours a day just enough to break
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  • Profile picture of the author johnnys229
    3 hours sleep...survive? Yes. Function optimally or even at an acceptable percentage of your optimal self? No.

    And yes, it will shorten your lifespan so you will probably end up not gaining very much time by remaining awake, if at all. Not to mention a list of possible health conditions from sleep deprivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author vitallica
    now: i should sleep 7 hours a day
    tomorrow: let's just sleep 10 hours lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I usually sleep between 6 and 10 hours. I function best with about 8, 9 or 10...
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  • Profile picture of the author fitnesslover1
    3-4 hours... is that a joke? yeah if you want to feel horrible and slowly kill yourself, go for it.. That is a great recipe for a shortened life and a poor quality of life. I personally believe that a good night's sleep should be a minimum of 7-8 hours if not more.
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  • Profile picture of the author daya1
    Yes, I can survive. If you really want to be productive it is not the number of hours you sleep, but how you determined to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigbankt00
    I think that Sleeping is very necessary . we should sleep 6 - 7 hours. if you sleep 6 hours, your mind will be fresh.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Anything another human being has done, you too can do it. If others slept for 2 hours daily and still achieved peak performance why not you?

    Looking at the billionaires, scientists, presidents and other famous people there are those who are fine with 4 hours of sleep while others get by with 8 hours. This implies that you cannot assume you need 8 hours of sleep daily. Have you tested 5 hours for 10 weeks and observed the outcome? Have you tested 3 hours? Or is that people are stuck in their comfort zones?

    The 7-8 hours of sleep that doctors tell us we need is for the average person. And I believe in every society their are extremes. There are people who think outside the box; there are those who are below or above average.

    What if you tested and discovered that you are one of those who needs just 4 hours of sleep...think of what an extra 100 hours a month can do to your productivity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Spending a small amount of hours in sleeping doesn't matter as long as your body can. But mind you in life having too much and lack of sleep is not good. So you should really take good care of you health because health is wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheLinks
    Well, I do not believe to spend half of my life while sleeping, and I hardly sleep for 3-4 hours per day. However, I take a short break after 3-4 days, and take a complete rest for 6-7 hours. Until now, I have judged that a man can control his appetite and sleep as per his wish, but you must not stress too much to prove yourself to be a super human.
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  • 3 hours sleep everyday is actually not a big deal for some professions. I actually know some accountants and doctors who don't sleep at all for 2 or 3 days straight. Some survive a week with just some power naps and the like. So it just boils down to how your body or how you make your body cope up with such a schedule and lifestyle. If you don't do steps to fix your daily schedule to cope with only 3 hours of sleep then you certainly wouldn't survive it.

    My suggestion is, as much as possible give what your body needs and only exert stress and effort when necessary.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Haynes
    Good habits & consistency brings success. Not being able to function at our peak levels cheats us of out full victory. In the world's oldest book, it states that there is a time for everything...to work & to play...a time to be awake & a time to sleep (rest). This same book states that we must rest or we can be no earthly good. This book is called the Bible. I don't want to make a lot of money & have to give it to the doctors...do you?

    Rest & don't cheat your body...you will live longer,
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  • Profile picture of the author angelina10
    If you want to make your body fit and healthy then you should sleep 6 hours daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author Niks24
    Sleep must be minimum of 6-7 hours if you want to work whole day with out any ease. until and unless you will not take proper sleep you will not be able to give your 100%.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOhnreal412
    Its beneficial for you to sleep for minimum 6-7 hours otherwise you will lose your health and remember health is wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kragsig
    Approx. 6 hours. But in busy times at the job 4 hours is enough. But then some more hours in the weekend if possibly
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  • Who needs sleep when there is money to be made? I get about 3-4 hours, then after that schedule for a few days I'm in a coma for like 16 hours straight -- then do it all again.
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  • Profile picture of the author StoneP31
    Sleep is for Suckers, not rest sleep. check this out

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  • Can you survive with 3 hours sleep? Yes you can, but your brain will not function well if you are not getting enough sleep. We won't be able to do the things that we need to do in our daily life if you get to sleep 3 hours a day. If you are doing these just because you want to work to earn do not sacrifice your health because sleep is one of the most important thing that our body need.
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  • I normally get 7-8 hours sleep every night and sometimes more... If I dont get enough sleep I become moody. If I sleep too much like 10hrs+ I get headaches.
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      • Profile picture of the author Plugin Profits
        If you want to be insulin resistant, adrenal fatigued and out of shape, go for it!

        Parts of your brain start to go to sleep and offline when you think you're awake anyways. Apperantly it isn't an either/or thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author NezNezAt5
    I don't get why you guys want to sleep so little. Sleeping is a luxury and enjoyment. Plus... its for beauty's sake. :p...

    I think normal range should be around 7-8 hours. Stick to this, it helps to prolong your life span.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebiz1
    Somewhere I read that more and more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and a huge 75% of us has sleep difficulties at least a few nights per week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss, which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power.
    While more research is needed to explore the links between chronic sleep loss and health, it’s safe to say that sleep is too important to shortchange.
    I am a fan of sleep, so I try to sleep 8-9 hours everyday, and if that does not happen, I try to catch up with a daytime power nap.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattias
    Survive 3 hours..yes
    Stay happy that day..no
    Feeling alive if im not happy..no
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
      Originally Posted by Mattias View Post

      Survive 3 hours..yes
      Stay happy that day..no
      Feeling alive if im not happy..no
      That's just because your brain is going "what the actual f*** is going on here?!" If you keep going for a few days it says "you're a jerk, but I'll make this work." Then a few days after it's used to it. Then all of a sudden you're happy even on 3 hours of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author ownergolan
    I dont think it is smart to give up sleep, you can make your body custom to it, but the short term benefits won't happen until you adjust to the lifestyle.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
      Originally Posted by ownergolan View Post

      I dont think it is smart to give up sleep, you can make your body custom to it, but the short term benefits won't happen until you adjust to the lifestyle.
      It only takes about two weeks. That's why the benefits are called "short term". Long term benefits begin right after, although admittedly there is no scientific proof concerning what truncated sleep schedules do to the body over the long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I think you need a minimum of 5 hours to function at a reasonable capacity. Personally I would be very unpleasant to be around if I only got 3 hours of sleep!
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  • Profile picture of the author go4glory
    I cannot. It would start affecting my work and my personal life. I Salute those people who do it. But it's not my cup of tea and I don't want to do it either.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimShrieves
    It's not worth trying to be effective on 3 hours sleep... you'll just end up burning out.

    I get 6 hours minimum, and with that am able to productively work 10-12 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author infinityplr
    I can last from a 5 hours of sleep, but with 3 hours? I'd be cranky. i don't know, but sleeping enough is somehow important for me. We are tiring our minds, our eyes and our hands in this kind of a job so I guess having enough sleep is a must. Some say not having enough sleep will cause neurons of your brain to die. And i am not some medical students but I guess having less neurons will be a very bad thing to happen
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  • Even losing one hour of sleep at night is enough to inhibit natural abilities to think or respond quickly. Granted it's not always the quantity of hours slept that matters as much as the quality of sleep received. It's realistic for someone who receives a well rested 4-5 hours of sleep to be more active than someone who gets a restless 6-7 hours.

    As Dex mentioned however, one cannot continue to live a healthy lifestyle for long as sleep has limitless medical benefits to the human body; e.g. cardiovascular health, energy balance and infection control. We all want to be successful and make money sure, but to what extent will you push yourself to jeopardizing your own comfort and well being?
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I think you may be able to do it short term, but I think long term it would be very difficult to effectively function on only 3-4 hours of sleep. I think the bare minimum is around 5 hours, but most people tend to perform at the optimum level with 7-8 hours of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natniszakov
    I have to sleep 7-8 hours, for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author rdonovan1
    This is a no brainier. Medical professionals have proven long ago that you need about 8 hours of sleep every night to be healthy. Any less than that and you are setting yourself up for a whole assortment of medical problems.

    This is widely known and is about as common knowledge as knowing that if you see a rattlesnake you don't try to pick it up or pet it like it's your pet cat.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Da Vinci did. But he did a lot which nobody else could nor ever will. The avg human can't survive with just 3 hrs sleep. Even those who meditate for two hours a day need around 4-5+ hrs of sleep at the bare minimum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    It's funny how people keep claiming that 3-4 hours of sleep is unhealthy but aren't posting any factual proof to back up those claims...just their opinions. I spoke w/ a buddy of mine on this subject who's a health expert on this subject. This guy, by the way, is one of those people who sleep 2-4 hours a night. I asked him would sleeping only 2-4 hours a night have a real impact on one's health. His answer to me was that if a person is eating properly thereby keeping their health in check, then sleeping only 2-4 hours a night won't hurt you. I have to agree with him because I tried it for myself. I went on a raw food diet for a month and sleeping for only a few hours was not a problem. I felt fully energized and all.

    For those that don't eat healthily, you may wanna try the polyphasic sleeping program. This is where you sleep for 2-3 hours and take short naps during the day. I've tried that before and it definitely works.
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  • Profile picture of the author mitpat
    For me I NEED 9 hours of sleep else I don't think, focus or get any quality work done. Plus I'm quite strict on going to the gym 7 days a week (2 days weights, 5 days cardio), I find it really helps my energy levels and getting a good night's sleep. The real difference I find is that I wake up everyday refreshed, you know that feeling when you wake up, go back to sleep and wake up feeling great - that's me everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author zenji
    I think 3 hours is unhealthy but hey, a man gatta do what he needs to do
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    How i wish i could survive only 3 hours of sleep, i could have been rich as other people are. Such too hard to work specially when i haven't taken at least 6 hours of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author skywalker89
    THatcher did and died of Dementia...

    sleep is there for a reason ... hormonal balance, body repair without the influence of the ego etc...

    I'd never fiddle with that

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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    You guys saw Twilight one too many times.

    Yes, living without sleep / a minimum period of sleep is very appealing.

    But now really, are you taking 100% advantage of the remaining 16 hours a day?

    There are two ideal sleep cycles - 5:45 hours and 7:15, at least for me. Anything under 5:45 means sleep deprivation (for me). Anything over 9 hours means waking up tired (for me).
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
    I prefer to listen to my body. Sleep when sleepy... wake up when fresh. That's it. Could be 3 hours... could be 12 hours. Doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author vikash_kumar
    Wow! What a discussion....From few days...I am feeling that I am getting less time to do all my work....What if I would have more work to complete all my jobs.....Thats why I started to search ways of sleeping less but with full energy during waking hours.

    I feel, that must be possible somehow to train my body to achieve that level where I will need only 3-4 hours of sleep every day. If I learn this technique and properly utilize my own time at fullest then I am sure that I will automatically get more out of my life. And As I am a very ambitious person...This training is going to help me to achieve my day dreams for sure.

    One famous guru "Sadhguru" from Isha foundation, India was speaking to a gathering. He asked his audience that if they have a car and if that car has to be kept 15 days in the garage and next 15 days working...Will we call it as an efficient car or machine....definitely not. Do we feel that our body is a lesser efficient machine than a Car? Many of us will agree that our bodies are the best machines in the entire universal system. He even goes on to say that he know that there is some method in the Yoga by which you can achieve this efficiency of the body.
    I may join his sessions in the future....But yes! I am agree that one can achieve less sleep but great energy throughout the waking hours by teaching the same to our own body.
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  • Profile picture of the author kiwilyndarose
    I think it's all a matter of balance. When we have a project on and the juices are flowing and we are pumped with adrenalin we can function well for sometime with little sleep. But we need to listen to our bodies - long term we need deep restful sleep in delta to regenerate. This could be quality sleep for a short while each day as opposed to light -disturbed sleep where alpha and theta are achieved but not delta. It's more about the state than the time.
    Do some form of meditation or other focus, some yoga, self hypnotherapy (to increase your efficiency of reaching delta) and you will likely find you need less sleep and are functioning beautifully when awake - probably with more clarity.

    I trained myself to be need less sleep because I have a disabled child who needs rolling in the night. But when I sleep between tending to him, I can go into restful sleep quite quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    It all depends on your priority in life. I started this thread coz I personally believe, it's much better to work hard and sleep less to achieve our goals..

    at the same time if you see the other side of the coin - sleep is a necessity as we;'re designed to sleep 1/3rd of our life. It goes back to what you priority is ..
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  • Profile picture of the author ramcon
    Yes, but it would have a great impact on your body and the capability of your thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kayster13
    I need an adequate amount of sleep and if deprived, then I start to turn into a pumpkin later in the evening. I'm at my best in the morning. I enjoy meeting the day early.
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  • Profile picture of the author davegarcia939
    I sleep minimum 5 hours at night. For me 3 hours is not good enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author gkuang2
    You can definitely get a lot more done if you sleep only 3 hrs a day, but the people that sleep 8 hrs would be producing higher quality work. Sleeping 3 hrs once in awhile is doable, it definitely not good for you though. Sleep is essential for recovery and repair.
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by Art of Marketing View Post

      Wise man/woman talking.

      Sleep found to repair and reorganize the brain | Harvard Gazette

      I remember hearing about a gamer who died after endless video games. I used to stop once I saw the sun. :rolleyes:

      -Art

      it happens sometimes ..some guy died a few days after diablo 3 was released ..but he already had chronic conditions ..it was a problem in korea where kids would play without sleeping or eating for several days ..

      but as brute said priorities are priorities ..if you put priority on gaining wealth..and ignore the needs of the body ..it is only good to hope to build enough wealth.. to afford to have someone take care of you when your body breaks .. surviving a heart attack can cost 50-100 thousand dollars not surviving it only requires 10k or so ..

      and then being able to afford several hundred a month for medication co pays

      but then i worked shift work for 8 years ..made good money but the combination of high stress and cronic sleep deprivation ripped my mind apart ..then the job after that kept my mind messed up and ripped my body up ..

      i have been mentally and physically broken ..broken on every level..

      now that i have regenerated much of my physical heal.. and got a grasp on my physical health and am in a far more powerful place ..though still with plenty of problems ..

      I am looking for work or productive endevors that get me out of bed in the morning .

      as far as sleep goes .. never sleep in get you body use to waking up at the same time so you open your eyes even if the alarm does not go off ..you mess your body up much more by sleeping in when not working ..and trying to shift back the next day .. than if you go to bed later ..wake up the same time and may need a nap ..

      find when that hour is that it is best for you to wake up and stick to it ..then play with when you go to sleep .
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    To each his own I guess, but I need at least 6 hours per night.
    And sleep before 12 Midnight is twice the quality of sleep
    after midnight, so it's best to get to bed before that time.

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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      6 hours is my minimum as well. I've done days run on small naps 60 - 90 min each, but I like my solid 6 hours. It works for me so why try to mess with that?
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  • Profile picture of the author hypwoman
    For me, when I am working on a major project, like what I have been working on ... I do not sleep much. My husband doesn't understand how I do it. I'll generally stay up till 3am, 4am ... I've been up till the sun comes up working. And then I am ready to jump out of the bed at 8am or 9am and do it all again.

    I have had many days of functioning on 3 or 4 hours a sleep.

    I think when you are passionate about what you are doing, your need for as much sleep disappears. Many very successful people only get 5 or 6 or less hours of sleep.

    I am not going to say it's at ALL good for your health though. So, that's the issue. Your body does need time to replenish itself. Your brain goes through all the brainwave frequencies and REM sleep and all of that is by design and if you are not getting sound, deep sleep, you are not repairing and restoring.

    And also it will eventually age you.

    I speak from experience and as someone who is NOT practicing getting enough sleep.

    So, whether you are feeling tired or not ... you are not functioning optimally with anything less than I'd say 6 hours minimum ...

    I guess I feel for me, once this big project is over, I'll make up for it ... (even though we all know that's not entirely true).

    Sleeping is a habit, just like drinking water, eating right, exercising ... and one of the things that I have found works (besides hypnosis and meditation of course) is making a commitment to just go to bed a half hour earlier each night. You do have to put your health first. You can't kill yourself in the process of trying to become a millionaire. I should tell that to ME!

    But realize the benefits ... realize that you think much more clearly and therefore can get more accomplished during the day...

    Anyway, that's just my .02!
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  • Profile picture of the author fpdeziner
    if you have a task to finish, you can sleep 3 to 4 hrs a day for 3 or 4 regular days, but making it a habit is not wise thing to do.
    It can effect your physical and mental health too.
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  • There would be no quality of life for me if I only managed to sleep 3 hours a day.

    I would rather take serious inventory of my regular waking hours and find the time I needed in that comprehensive (honest) inventory.

    The people who are famous for only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night must have a different mental-emotional makeup that creates that kind of physiology for them to be successful with so few hours sleep.
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  • There would be no quality of life for me if I only managed to sleep 3 hours a day.

    I would rather take serious inventory of my regular waking hours and find the time I needed in that comprehensive (truthful) inventory.

    The people who are famous for only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night must have a different mental-emotional makeup that creates that kind of physiology for them to be successful with so few hours sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dynamite23
      Normally i am working to at least 2am in the morning, then back to work at 7am.

      So i am only getting around 5 hours a day
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    If i have an important task to finish, and the I have very less time so I can work for 4 or 5 continuous days with 3 hours sleep, means only for a reason
    But I can't make it a habbit
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  • Profile picture of the author henryblogger
    I need at least 5 hours of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lokahi
    Though I like to sleep longer, some of my best work is often done on three or four hours sleep. If I get too much sleep, my brain gets lazy and wants to sleep more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Stevens
    The military says they only have to give you two hours. In a pinch I have gotten by with three hours for a few days but eventually the body likes to play catch up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evrad
    hey Warriors,

    I have not read the entire thread but I'll contribute what I know regarding this subject.

    I have tried this no sleep thing many times and It's never been a long term success, eventually after a few days it catches up to me and affects my productivity.

    I also know the so called experts contradict each other on this subject.

    For example my family doctor straight up told me that once your brain finishes growing you don't need much sleep and that he personally only sleeps 4-5 hours a night and that I would be fine doing the same thing. He said it would not affect my health.

    On the other hand I've seen many other people say that lack of sleep will lead to an early death.

    To me it doesn't make sense that 4-5 hours of sleep would be enough, the body needs rest so it can perform at it's best so I try to get 8 hours of sleep every night.

    If you want to create more time to work on your business then cut out TV, going to the bar, hanging out with friends, video games... etc but not sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author cjagodka
    I get about 6hrs everyday from about 7:30am to 1:30pm and it works great for me. I stay up all night because there are less distractions, like friends/family sleeping, crappy TV shows on, and noise in general. I work midnights for work too so that helps me out and keeps me on the schedule. I have noticed that I can get a lot more done in the middle of the night rather than when I wake up to about 9pm.

    I stick to plan when it comes to my sleep, meals, and workouts. These three things together keep my energy where it needs to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author AvrilWriter
    3 hours of sleep is good for a once of thing. I wouldn't want to make it a habit though. I would say 7 - 8 hours is the right number that we should be getting. But I can't talk, Its almost 4am here and I have to be up at 5! No sleep for me. No sleep is better than a little sleep for me. Bring on the red bulls and coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Fame
    I'd rather outsource the insignificant things in business, rather than sacrifice my own health. Health is important for many reasons. What is the use of earning so much if you're not going to be able to spend it? What is the real need of money? Wealth is only wealth when you are able to use it to achieve happiness. And what is happiness?

    Happiness is being healthy, maintaining relationships and doing what you really want in life.
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    • Profile picture of the author Plugin Profits
      If I don't sleep at night, then the next day I'll uncontollably start going asleep in public as I go about my day. On the train, at my desk, etc. Not good. I have no choice about it, my body shuts down. Often don't even realize until I wake up. Then my schedule is messed up.

      People often think of sleep as just something their brain needs to rest. It isn't true. The entire body uses and needs sleep to repair and function properly. All the organs, the immune system, hormones and chemicals.

      First of all, let's just talk about the brain, as that's primarily what shuts down to sleep.

      Even when you're awake, if you are sleep deprived then parts of your brain takes naps when you're eyes are open and you think of yourself as 'awake'. Goes to show, you can't actually 'cheat' sleep. You don't have that choice.

      "These local sleeps happen throughout the brain. Often, neurons in one part of the brain would flip off while their peers in another area would stay on. Even neighbouring neurons can differ in whether they’re on or off.* As Christopher Colwell writes in a related editorial, the “basic unit of sleep is the electrical activity of a single cortical neuron”."

      Individual neurons go to sleep while rats stay awake : Not Exactly Rocket Science

      Is Your Brain Sleeping While You're Awake?

      Then there are the affects on the body. Too many to name. We already know we need sleep for human growth hormone. We know we need it for cellular repair and immune function. We know we need it for hormone balance and to keep cortisol levels lower. We know we need it for Neurotransmitter balance.

      Though how many people know their fat cells also need sleep and that lack of sleep causes insulin resistance and throws off their metabolism?

      "If you are not getting sufficient sleep at night, your body's fat tissue may start to act in a similar way to the fat found in obese or diabetic people."

      "The research, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, not only shows a direct link between insufficient sleep and a disruption of the body's ability to control energy, it also challenges the idea that the main purpose of sleep is to rest the brain, suggesting that sleep also helps regulate the body's metabolism."

      "The tissue of the volunteers who were sleep deprived was almost 30% less sensitive to insulin, about the same as the shortfall that was seen in diabetic and obese patients' tissue samples compared to those of normal healthy individuals."

      Insufficient Sleep Increases Insulin Resistance At A Molecular Level

      "Our data indicate that insulin sensitivity is not fixed in healthy subjects, but depends on the duration of sleep in the preceding night," said Donga. "In fact it is tempting to speculate that the negative effects of multiple nights of shortened sleep on glucose tolerance can be reproduced, at least in part, by just one sleepless night."

      You of course can choose what you want for yourself. Though I think it's highly misunderstood and underestimated exactly how much sleep affects our health. At least know and understand what it is you are sacrificing and doing to your body before you decide if it's worth it or not...
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Gun
    When I first started my company I would work crazy hours. I would be up for 48-60hours straight then sleep for a measely 9hrs just to repeat the process.

    I have since been able to slow my roll sort of speak and get 4-6 hrs a night. I catch up during the weekend.
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  • Profile picture of the author highincome
    This is an interesting thread! I've always been one who needs at least 8-9 hours of sleep. If I don't get enough sleep, I get much more irritable and don't feel good at all, so it's pointless for me to try to get by on less.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jennn
      Importance of Sleep : Six Reasons Not to Scrimp on Sleep - Harvard Health Publications

      Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

      Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

      Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

      Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

      Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

      Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
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      • Profile picture of the author Plugin Profits
        Yeh that's the other thing. Lack of sleep increases ghrelin and reduces leptin, so it increases appetite, along with the insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar.

        Also can't really gain muscle without proper rest and recovery. It's all just asking to be overweight, weak and unhealthy.

        Why Sleep Is Key for Weight Loss / Fitness / Weight Loss

        I think this is why I've gained 8kg over the last few months mostly. Chronic sleep dep and too many carbs. Sucks.

        Health is wealth!

        What's the point of having more money if you are not healthy and feel good? The point of having lots of money is a better lifestyle. Less work, less stress, better health, and a luxurious life!

        And what greater luxury than proper full sleep?

        I understand short term temporary crunches and sacrifices, though they really should be short term. As far as a long term lifestyle, 8 to 9 hrs of quality restful sleep is top priority.
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    This is why I chose affiliate marketing as occupation, you can sleep as long as you want and you can work whenever you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author dedideals
    Sometimes it has to be done!

    But yes, I can work with 3 hours sleep, 2 if I have to
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  • Profile picture of the author Monteyne
    i sleep two/three times a day, first at 1AM-4AM second period is 1PM to 2PM (nap) then 7PM to 8PM or not.
    its almost a year passed. Sometimes i feel i easily forget little things, maybe its because using too much internet affects me to forget little things or because of my sleep cycle i dont know which one is. Problem is think direct, being creative in night is much better than day time, but i have a work to do in day time.
    So few days ago i redesigned my work space to room without sunlight and noise, just like a night. It was very useful i can be more creative in day time than past days but its just feels like living in night forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vin Venture
    I lived on about 5 hrs a night for nearly 5 years when I was working full time... 3 hrs would definitely be tough for an extended period of time >.o.
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  • Profile picture of the author KnightOnboard
    Each person has a different metabolism so some people need only 3 hours sleep and some people need more.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxfactor
    I heard about the Uberman sleep schedule, where you sleep for 20 minutes every four hours, for a total of two hours of sleep every 24 hours. The theory is REM sleep is the only absolutely vital sleep stage, so this schedule trains you to cram all your needed REM sleep into two hours a day. I have never tried this, and am not advocating it, just saying I've heard about it.

    Here's one person's experience:
    Uberman’s sleep schedule – (Six Incredibly Awesome Mind States You Can Experience)
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    • Profile picture of the author Dot7
      I sleep 4-5 hours a night (sometimes 3 hours) which is not enough for me at all as sleep experts say the average adult requires 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Anything less may harm their health. lol, they must be kidding me. Well they are right

      I often feel tired during the day but as an entrepreneur I've got no choice. I have to work hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    i am a litle surprised this thread is still going . a year after being posted .

    it is about finding your rythym .. i can realy only get a max of 6 hours sleep at night..but then again i may have sleep apnea so during sleep i don't get enough oxygen to my brain .

    my other computer when dead on me and i shifted to a normal 8 hour night for a month.. had one of the worst months of my life ..had a couple bad outside events .. a full on bi poler depression perion.. my creativity dropped through the floor ..yada yada yada

    i have rapid cycling by polar disorder ..so there are times i can only get 4 hours of sleep a night ..then there are times i will get 6 and need a couple hour long naps


    normal sleep pattens without artificial light have people going to sleep after dark and waking up at different points in the night ..just when do you thing our relatives a hundread years ago found the time to concieve so many children african tribal culture is is common for husband and wife to have sex several times a night ..and it is not uncommon around the world .
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      I can not survive on tiny amount of sleep. I am very, very nocturnal, whether I like it or not, and sleep is very important to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsherwood
    I can run on 5 hours of sleep for 5 days Monday - Friday .

    Not that I am sleeping 5 hours for success, but that's just how my life is right now. The most benefit I find is when I catch up on sleep on the weekend, I feel fresh, motivated and grounded. Ready for whatever life throws at me.

    I also have adrenal issues so sleep is very much needed in my recovery. Everyone is different. Listen to who you are and what you need and pursue that.

    Your body, mind and spirit will soon thank you!

    R.S
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  • Profile picture of the author Theo Encarnado
    I noticed I function best during the day when I get at least 6 hours of sleep. Anything less then I start to feel it around lunch time...
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  • Profile picture of the author f5mtadas
    up to 10 hours sleep is healthy for your human brain, specially for memory, people who sleep long before exams remember everything much more better than those whose slept only several hours drunk many "Red Bull" or many cups coffee before the exams it is prove of science and in real life too
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrewards
    A good sleep is required for your health. There is not a specific time period for sleep and varies between individuals. If you feel good after 3 hour sleep, then maybe it is your thing..
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  • Profile picture of the author historial0racle
    I am so glad I found this. I was starting to think I was a weirdo. No really! I slept 2 hrs and feel fresh like nobodys business!

    I hate it when people tell me how MY body should function.

    For Christ sake. I know my body better than any one else.

    Have you noticed how if you sleep too long your body muscles ache a bit? I try to sleep longer and thats what happens and I feel guilt too because I know I could just wake up and work even if the world is still fast asleep.

    I loved the compilation of people who sleep 2-5 hrs.

    I only heard of Indira Ghandi. She did have bad black circles under her eyes but boy was she successful.

    I particularly liked " If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in."

    I have ready many scientific research in articles that 4-5 hrs is normal. And that we don't really need 8 hrs.

    Don't go by what the world says, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

    Thanks all!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsherwood
    Just want add, had my first 8.5 hour sleep in 2 weeks, its like a reset button has been pressed. Feel refreshed and ready to go. Rest is just as important as work!

    Overworking leads to fatigue, fatigue leads to procrastination

    R.S
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    I jumped into IM, so I can sleep what ever time I want and for as long as I want.
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    • Profile picture of the author Plugin Profits
      I find it impossible to measure the amount of actual sleep I've been getting. How do you measure micro sleep? I know at night it is not more than a few hours since that is all the time I'm laying down or in a position to sleep, though most often I keep waking up and feel like I had not been asleep. Sometimes I close my eyes just cause I know I should get sleep, though I don't think I'm actually asleep most of the time, only slowly thinking with my eyes closed.

      Then during the day it is a different story as I often fall asleep in a chair or on my desk cause I'm literally too tired to keep my eyes open, and those times I often don't even realize I fell asleep until something wakes me up. Then I know it was true sleep and was dreaming. Though I can't measure the time of that either since it's so intermintent, only a few minutes here and there usually.

      I hate it. I end up wasting more time with being tired and sleeping on and off during the day, and being tired all the time is a huge open door for intrusive thoughts and not being able to control my thoughts and sensitivities.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agus Sakti
    Originally Posted by brute77 View Post



    There are numerous accounts of successful people who only sleeps about 3-4 hours. I sleep about 6-7 hours.. and hopefully would strech myself to 3-4 hours by the end of the year.

    How much do you sleep?
    I sleep 6-7 hours too. I actually felt embarrassed for sleeping too long. Some successful people I have ever read his biography does not spend much time in bed. They kept working and working. Hopefully I can also follow them and immediately stopped to sleep too long.
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    • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
      I believe in getting as much sleep as possible. I'm able to work harder and I'm more efficient when I'm well rested. I can go 1 day with 3 or 4 hours of sleep but if I do it consistently, I begin to have problems focusing and completing my daily tasks with efficiency.
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      • Profile picture of the author randak
        Your body does eventually get used to less sleep. You need to at the very least try to get those few hours asleep at round about the same time, I believe. Your circadian rhythm becomes thrown off if not. You will age much faster on 3 hours of sleep. Your body does most of its regeneration when sleeping. Less sleep less health and vitality. Studies have shown that overabundance of sleep is more deterimental than less, though. Go figure.
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      • Profile picture of the author RestlessBlaze
        Originally Posted by tvon View Post

        I believe in getting as much sleep as possible. I'm able to work harder and I'm more efficient when I'm well rested. I can go 1 day with 3 or 4 hours of sleep but if I do it consistently, I begin to have problems focusing and completing my daily tasks with efficiency.
        same for me.I guess its same for most of the people.They can only do it for 1,2 days.
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  • I tried it before and I end up of becoming exhausted at work and feeling sleepy you can't work well and you only think is how to sleep again.
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  • Profile picture of the author luane
    You CAN survive, but can you THRIVE...be productive...and keep working with only that little amount of sleep? That is the question. Our bodies are all built differently with different levels of stamina. I need a lot more than 3 hours a night, but what I love about the IM world, is that you CAN do it anytime day or night...just depends on your body clock and how long you stay WOUND!!! Kristie from Georgia
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  • Profile picture of the author ozz1
    It will probably shorten your life span but you have to break rules if necessary. No great figure ever slept all of their hours, sometimes its a waste of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RestlessBlaze
    Law of attraction, if you believe you wont be unsuccesful if you sleep for more than 3hrs. Then its right for you. If you believe you can make it with 10 hrs sleep, yes you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author femkeshe
    Yes it is possible.

    I used to work 36 hour shifts in my last job (medical).
    You can do that but it feels shitty. That is why I started here and now work online. I wanted to feel alive, not only pass through the day and see other people who are really alive and doing nice things with their time. It is even my motivation when I'm stuck or googles algo changes orso! I never ever want to back to that semi-awake life.
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  • Profile picture of the author femkeshe
    You can have a look at Polyphasic sleep.
    I think that is more healthy then your 3-4 hour sleep. The idea is to sleep every 4 hours 20 minutes. (Uberman). Just search it for more info.

    A boy I vaguely knew tried this for a year and it worked for him. He did say that it was not good for his relation with his girlfriend. So he turned back to a normal ritme.
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  • Profile picture of the author ct upton
    As I get older I find that I require less sleep than I used to. I sleep about 6 hours and find my day goes well without being tired.
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  • I am sure I will survive, but I will be extremely unproductive. In other words, I may have a very miserable life due to lack of sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Freeyourtime
    I sleep more due to Children at low age. But in terms of 2-3 hours a time :-) Sleeping this little is a way of making your body think it doesn´t need more sleep. In the military you learn and use this commonly. And if you learn this you could manage with just 2-3 hour sleep. People that are meditating can do the same thing too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moodyboy003
    I need at least 6 hours or more it depends on the jobs of next day!
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  • Profile picture of the author rohrbupy
    I don't think there is any correlation at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Dass
    i've been sleeping for an average 4 - 5 hours straight in - out every week for the past years or so.

    The motto that keeps me going is this statement.

    " i can sleep forever, when I'm six feet under - live life to the fullest , this is your only chance, there's no second "

    I pray first thing in the morning that i can awake from my sleep when some out there will not make it from the night after.
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    • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
      Many years ago I discovered something interesting about sleep and the amount I required in order to be at my peak effectiveness, and some of you might want to give it a try.

      Back when I was going through a particularly frustrating part of my life I began to go running in the mornings. It wasn't for the exercise and improvement of my physical condition, that was a side-effect of the real reason I went running. At that time in the morning it was not only dark, but also really cold - some days I would find myself running in the rain or even in the snow. If I got up early enough and had the time to go running before going to work then I could function much better on the job with a much clearer head than on the days when I did not go running.

      Eventually I expanded my workout program because I got bored with running all the time. But what's interesting about this and relates to sleep is, when I went running 3 times a week I could knock off about 30 minutes worth of sleep and still feel at optimal condition. I upped the running to every weekday and discovered my body required even less sleep.

      I wasn't actually trying to reduce my sleep but instead found that when I went to bed at the same time as prior to starting the running routine I would often awaken much earlier than the alarm clock went off.

      Life gave me some extra lemons and I started running twice a day every day, first thing in the morning and also late at night just before preparing for bed. Total running time turned out to be about an hour, 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.

      What is unique about this is, once I had done this for more than a few days I realized that for every hour I worked out, whether running or at the gym, I could gain an additional hour awake that I did not need to sleep. So if I spent an hour at either an intense workout of just about constant movement or ran the 30 minutes in the morning plus 30 minutes at night, then I could cut my sleep time by two hours . . . one hour for the workout and the additional hour for whatever else I wanted or needed to do.

      This turned out to be a pretty good ratio up to a point. I took it to 1-1/2 hours of workout and 3 hours less sleep and was still feeling refreshed and able to function well. And the truth is, as my lungs expanded and I became stronger and healthier I felt better with less sleep than when I stayed in bed longer (on weekends sometimes) even if I went to run or workout later on in the day.

      There was even a time a few years after I'd discovered this where I was frustrated over something and could not sleep, and I got up and threw on my running clothes and went to a park and went running at 2 in the morning taking about 4 or 5 laps around the track. (Safety was not an issue only because this park was a favorite hangout place for police officers to drive into, back into a parking space facing the track I was on, and fill out their paperwork during slow periods of their graveyard shift.) Upon my return home, I headed back to bed and fell asleep pretty much immediately, insomnia problem solved!

      I have since stumbled onto a site that explained what I described above. The body requires a certain amount of oxygen which it is able to get when you go to sleep. If you don't get enough, then you struggle throughout the next day. Exercising allows the body to take in larger amounts of oxygen while you are awake due to the deeper breathing you may go through as you work out. And that increase in oxygen may reduce your requirement for more sleep.

      In any case, try adjusting not just your sleep time but also your exercise levels at the same time and see if it makes a difference for you. It certainly did for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author dilynn3
    "Each one of us has a unique sleep requirement. Our sleep need depends upon genetic and physiological factors and also varies by age, sex, and previous sleep amounts. However, a simple definition of sufficient sleep is a sleep duration that is followed by a spontaneous awakening and leaves one feeling refreshed and alert for the day." National Sleep Foundation

    And for me, that is about 7-8 hrs. If I could get a nap in too that would be even better

    Have a productive day!
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  • Profile picture of the author adamnassar
    Health wise, 3 hours of sleep wouldn't be productive for myself. I usually average between 6-9 hours of sleep. After all it refuels my energy and I get ready for a more productive and successful day the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsherwood
    I will never give up my health for money! Rest is the most important aspect in life...

    Although I do not study the holistic side of things ( Im just a fitness trainer ) I work with a holistic coach and the first thing he focuses on is his clients sleep! 6-7 hours a Night!

    The shorter the sleep, the greater the need for stimulants, which will lead to higher stress hormones and higher blood pressure ( Im living proof )

    "During one series of talks with Microsoft, Facebook executives told their Microsoft peers they couldn't do an 8 a.m. conference call because the company's 22-year-old founder and chief executive, Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, wouldn't be awake, says a person familiar with the talks. Microsoft executives were incredulous."

    "Mark Zuckerberg lets it drop that he often gets a full night's sleep."

    You can't say the big man himself is not successful!
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  • Profile picture of the author trusodesign
    I sleep 5-6 hours .. do not get too worked too hard let alone stay up. mind must work extra but must remember the condition of the body. ill be useless if we can not enjoy the fruits of our hard work
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  • Profile picture of the author jenn1
    I usually end up getting approx 6-7 hours per night. But I definitely sleep better if I have exercised during the day and eaten properly. If I wake up during the night and can't get back to sleep I put on a mediation audio from my iphone...this usually takes me back into lala land.
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  • Profile picture of the author abustamam
    There are plenty of successful people who sleep 6-8 hours a night. Why not emulate them? Get 6-8 hours of sleep AND be successful?

    Of course, you'll never see quotes from them bragging about sleeping 6-8 hours, because it's nothing to brag about.

    In addition, you don't HAVE to give up sleep to get more time. If you find you're only productive 8 hours a day, sleeping less won't automatically make that time into 10-14 hours. It's possible you might waste the extra time you "save" by sleeping less.

    I think it's all about life management--manage your schedule so you can fit it around 8 hours of sleep.

    Of course, every "body" is different--some people can survive with less sleep, some people can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    I have yet to read an article about sleep that says you can, yet give your top performance or can last long. I would rather be more efficient and productive during my non-sleeping hours and still get my regular 6 to 7 hours per night.
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  • Profile picture of the author suzannejsobers
    Yes I believe you can survive with only 3-4 hours sleep; It seems to be a common practice of very successful people... but that is something you have to train your body to do
    over time.... I'm not quite there yet, but building it up
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  • Profile picture of the author SP11
    I learnt from bad personal experience through working nights and looking after my kids in the daytime that a lack of sleep is self-defeating and leads to ill health - what use is money if you're seriously ill?? I still have a short night now and then but am careful not to overdo it! Be healthy people!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gerald Sharp
    Yes you can live sith three hours of sleep, infact two hours in enough.
    I always do this depending on the amount of work at hand and what I want to achieve. Personally I have a customized plan of uber sleep pattern that I use. To achieve this, you could try switching your routine for 21 days and keeping track of this. Stay disciplined and focusing at what is at hand. Try meditate for 30 minutes at exactly 12:30am to 1:00am. This will give you more power and alertness since the human brain starts experiencing fatigue as from midnight. At 3am it will be worse but you could substitute the fatigue with frequent standing and walking while reading/working. Take raw foods like salads to keep you going. In my own opinion one can truly live with 3hrs sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author vinness
    I can't. I need to sleep at least 6 to 8 hours to function well.

    But I once read a book that says that successful people (or someone they call appointed, something like that) can manage to limit their sleep for just a few hours and some can even go on for days without sleeping.
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  • Profile picture of the author smonica
    I agree with the method of sleeping a few hours twice a day. Often, I'll sleep 4 hours at night and 2-3 hours in the afternoon, and it tends to work really well. Got used to doing this in college. Just napping a little every once in a while rather than sleeping 8 hours straight will keep you going.

    However, I don't agree with the no sleep = success correlation. There are tons of minimum wage workers going to two or three part time jobs, taking care of their families, etc., and getting no rest. Maybe, to them, they're successful. It's all about personal standards. But I'm sure many people would just them as 'not successful' because they're not making a lot of money. If we're defining success as money, then that theory is pretty much debunked. Tons of people sleep little and make barely enough to scrape by.
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  • Profile picture of the author flipfl0p
    I bookmarked this thread. Will re-read later by my break. I know a lot of executives/business owners sleep by 10pm and wake up by 2-3am. So this is really true
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamgirl21
    I sleep about 7-8 hours a night. It helps a lot to go to bed and get up
    at the same time every day. You will then set your internal clock and can sleep
    at much as your body needs. I know there are expections to this when you work odd hours but it does help.
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    6 - 7 hrs. I can survive with less but I won't be at my peak performance.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrr954
    I sleep 3-4 hours a night, take power naps in the afternoon and sleep in on Sundays.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    Depends, these days I sleep maybe 4-5 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author lerxtjr
    Getting such little sleep is EXTREMELY unhealthy...especially over a period of years with us web marketers spending 12 to sometimes 20 of those hours on our butts in front of a computer. Trust me, I did exactly that for more than 15 years straight. Then, last year, it caught up with me. Everything manifested in my achilles tendon of all places and I was on crutches for two months. After all the drugs and rehab were done to get me back on my feet, it was determined that those two things (lack of sleep and sitting on my butt) were the root cause of it all. Since then, I've had to re-train myself to even sleep beyond 3 hours!
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  • For a while maybe. Perhaps you do alright for a week, a month, six months: sooner or later something is gonna crack because the human mainframe and CPU were not designed to operate flawlessly on such little restorative sleep. Mistakes will be made at a higher than normal rate. You're gonna crack, I tell ya.

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  • Profile picture of the author Reddy20
    I guess its ok as long as you take power naps but I think you are going to go nuts if you only sleep 3 hours everyday. You need your mind to rest, it does everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author noor7300
    We must sleep at least 5 to 6 hrs because its proven by scientists across the globe that 5 to 6 hrs sleep at least will keep you cool and decease free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boundless
    There's no way for me to live with only 3 hours of sleep, the moment I sit on a chair, will surely be the moment I fall asleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yair Dolev
    I personaly sleep 6-8 hours a day, if I sleep less than 6 I just feel tired all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author gknugurlu
    The best is to sleep between 5-7 hours a day. Sleeping less or more than this harms you, physically and mentally. Than you should take half or maximum 1 hour of sleep around 12-13 o'clock to refresh yourself.

    I sleep between 5-7 hours and if I have the opportunity at lunch time I sleep for half an hour to refresh myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      I used to get by on 6 hours with a 30 minute power nap in the afternoon. Now it is 7-8 hours and if I need one I take an over the counter sleeping pill.

      The benefit is not only feeling better, but how much more productive you are as you grow older. I get a lot more done everyday when I am rested. I still take the power nap everyday as well. Doing that and a glass of Emergency-C everyday really works!
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetMagic
    Not in the long run. I studied sleep disorders in my advance level psychology and the problem is the potential for lack of REM sleep. REM sleep is crucial for mental and physical health. If a person goes too long without REM sleep they can develop psychosis along with other serious physical problems. That being said - there are plenty of people who naturally get by on 5-7 hours of sleep without any problems. I just wouldn't make a habit out of those 'only 2-3 hours of sleep' a night experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author brute77
    It seems none of you have given nootrpics a try.. anyone? tested with Modafinil,adderall or nootropics?
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  • Can I survive with just 3 hours of sleep? Definitely.

    Can I function effectively on 3 hours of sleep? No...I tried. Turned into a monster. I need at least 5 hours to feel human.
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  • Profile picture of the author bjadams
    take care of your health. if you have a very strong immune system, yes you can only sleep 4-5 hours a day, in the right environment with no noise and distractions
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  • Profile picture of the author matty123
    3-4 hours is too little, i have read articles that say that 7-8 is perfect but that is in an ideal world of course. everyone varies i guess
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  • Profile picture of the author Aji
    this is something that i want to try myself... there are times that after working late i just take a short nap and get back energized again... maybe i just need an alarm
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Of course not, you should at least get 6 hours of sleep or if you do sleep 3 hours a night take small naps throughout the course of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimvol
    OP... shortening YOUR bodies sleep pattern may work for a while but YOUR body needs what it needs. My wife needs a solid 8 hrs or she is a non functioning bear. Just because a few successful people can live on little sleep doesn't mean that YOU can.

    I could probably survey my personal facebook friends and come up with 2-3 times the examples of people who run on very little sleep who are not successful by your standards.

    I run on 4-6 hrs of sleep and I have done that since I was a child. I CAN sleep longer but it literally pains me to do so.

    Its 12:48 Here. I am about to turn in. I have to be in my car in 5 hrs to go to work. No problem at all.

    Be careful trying to pattern successful people because of their nuances. Their nuances may or may not make them successful...

    I.E... drinking only Starbucks because famous people do will NOT make you famous...

    Wearing Tommy Bahama shirts will not make you be on the beach.

    See where I am going.

    If you can FUNCTION effectively for the next 30-40 years on 3 hrs of sleep a night then go for it. If not... well stop trying to be like other people and concentrate on being the best YOU you can be.

    Thanks!

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  • Profile picture of the author Work1099
    This is actually quite possible. The largest sleep study ever conducted found that what matters is sleep quality, not sleep quantity. Similarly, there are already a great number of people who practice "sleep hacking." The more advanced people in this are able to sleep 5 hours or less every night while still performing well ... and can go down to 2 hours per night for 3 or 4 days in a row without it impacting how they perform during the day.

    Of course, it takes some time to get to that point, but it is doable. Increasing sleep quality so you can decrease sleep quantity is quite doable in the immediate sense as well, though. For example, simply using the following sleep induction mat often makes people who otherwise struggled to fall asleep ... fall asleep in under 10 minutes instead.

    This is important, because usually REM sleep (the sleep that makes you feel well-rested or not-well-rested depending on the amount you get) declines greatly if you take more than 10 minutes to fall asleep.

    The mat I am mentioning:
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    Also, taking natural calm (a magnesium citrate supplement) before bed does wonders for many as well. Not to mention that almost everyone in the modern world is deficient in magnesium (due to modern farming practices). A magnesium deficiency also leads to slowed learning speeds. You can find natural calm here:
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    These are just 2 basics, but anyone who tries them will likely be pleasantly surprised at the results; not just in terms of better sleep but better performance during the day as a result of better sleep. As well as not needing to sleep as many hours to feel well-rested and be well-rested.
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  • Profile picture of the author erikathomson
    No I cant.
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  • Profile picture of the author fxstay
    Yes this is what i do most of the time and I believe you can survive with only 3-4 hours sleep but you cant do it in longvterm as it destroy you
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Biologically, yes, you can.

    Should you? No.

    But it is not a black or white situation. It depends on your general level of fitness, what you eat, age, cardiovascular health and much more. Navy SEALS in training survive with less.
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  • Profile picture of the author annewilliams123
    Yes I can survive with 3 hours sleep provided watching movies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Brown
    Yes I can survive with 3 hours sleep, just don't expect me to survive for another 3 hours sleep the next day as my body will surely look for ways to have at least 5-8 hours of sleep. Health is wealth as they say.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielkibby
    Sleep for me is a massive inconvenience. I have lots of things I would rather be doing but it is a necessity of life. I couldn't survive on less than 7-8 hours. With the use of coffee and other stimulants I can get down to 5-6 hours but over time it messes me up.

    There have been experiments where they've removed people's perception of time and they found they slept on average for 4 hours, but I don't think they were involved in large amounts of physical activity or tasks that required the use of their mental faculties.

    I couldn't work out and be on point for whatever mental challenges arose daily on 4 hours of sleep. I could if I lived an average life and didn't have much to do other than eat, sleep and do other mundane things, but who wants to live a life like that? knowing what I now know that doesn't seem like much of a life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Priki
    Originally Posted by brute77 View Post



    There are numerous accounts of successful people who only sleeps about 3-4 hours. I sleep about 6-7 hours.. and hopefully would strech myself to 3-4 hours by the end of the year.

    How much do you sleep?
    That's is nice mate! I am sure that your practicing spiritual techniques like prays and meditations, self-discipline and have a good schedule of the things.

    I am sure that in future we will be all able to sleep less then 6 hours. People like Nikola Tesla where able to sleep only 1 hour and to restore all the energy that he spend during the last 23 hours. But his spiritual level was beyond his limits. Even in his interview he speak about that.

    I am now able to sleep 6h and I hope in future I will improve that!
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  • Profile picture of the author greatjourneys
    A person dies if he doesn't sleep for 11 days straightforward.
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  • Profile picture of the author kamikaza
    I feel my self very exhausted I sleep 5 hours a day. I need at least 7 hours. It's not about sleeping less to do more stuff, because in the end of the day these hours will be very low productive , so why not to take a nap instead and come back with more energy?
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    • Profile picture of the author Priki
      Originally Posted by kamikaza View Post

      I feel my self very exhausted I sleep 5 hours a day. I need at least 7 hours. It's not about sleeping less to do more stuff, because in the end of the day these hours will be very low productive , so why not to take a nap instead and come back with more energy?
      True! Taking a nap is on of the best methods that can really help to restore your energy.

      The last study that I have read about nap was really astonished me. Scholars found out that there 3 types of nap: 30, 60 and 90 min. In my opinion the 30 min nap is the best choice for every person, because it will help restore you level of energy in the next few hours and you will not having a problem with sleeping before you go to bed.

      Also, people who have full schedule during the day, I strongly suggest you to start practice meditation. If you don't have time during the day, then to that before you go to bed.

      Do you know what are the benefits of meditate before bed? - It will help you to fall asleep faster and when you wake up you will feel full with energy. If you practice meditation regularly, you will decrease the hours of sleeping.
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  • Profile picture of the author macatum
    You can do it for some period of your life but at lnce your mind will hust turned off and you will be always sleepy e en if you would sleep for 10 hours per day
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  • Profile picture of the author Kherk Roldan
    yeah i can survive that.but its killing me everyday...
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  • Profile picture of the author Yvon Boulianne
    The question is not to survive or not but the quality of life.
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  • Profile picture of the author lincolndesigns
    I constantly debate on my hours of sleep in order to achieve my full potential productivity. As much as I would love to survive on 3-4 hours, it is simply unrealistic for me without crashing and taking a nap in the late afternoon. I strongly avoid taking naps in order to maintain my stream of my productive routine without getting distracted. One sleep cycle takes up approximately 90 min, and it is recommend to go through the cycle 4-6 times per night. Of course, sleeping needs vary among individuals. Personally, when I'm running low on day time/work hours I try to limit my sleep cycles but still make sure to have at least 2-3 cycles of 90 min and then drink coffee during the day to avoid naps that could ruin my sleep schedule.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatjourneys
    Last time when I didn't get enough sleep, I began to feel lethargic, kind of depressed and very lazy at work. I want to say by this that people if ain't getting proper sleep cannot focus on their work and eventually becomes suicidal.
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  • Profile picture of the author ViolentAJ
    I can. I have done it before. I am far from optimal on such little sleep though.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmberJB
    "Survive" or "Live a fulfilling life full of abundance and joy"? If it is the former, the answer is sure, but if you keep it up, you are likely to ruin your health, and then perhaps die younger. If it is the latter, the answer is no. And, as I get older, I feel the consequences of robbing myself of sleep sooner and with more force.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
      As long as I get around 5 - 6 hours of sleep, I am good to go for the rest of the day with no naps.

      You should look into the Korean Idol system.
      They don't let those children sleep for more than 3 hours a day.
      They basically have no life as they have to stick to a very rigorous schedule.
      They don't let them eat much so they don't get fat.
      Cause God knows they are not skinny enough.
      I have seen interviews where the girls will report that they don't bother taking off their makeup because they will only be sleeping for 3 hours anyways.
      And they get like 10 days off every year.

      I could never live that life unless I was working for myself and made up my mind to do.
      But I can't do this and have a company profit from all my hard work and lack of sleep.

      Best Regards,
      Shana Jahsinta Walters.
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      • Profile picture of the author Priki
        Originally Posted by Shana Walters View Post

        As long as I get around 5 - 6 hours of sleep, I am good to go for the rest of the day with no naps.

        You should look into the Korean Idol system.
        They don't let those children sleep for more than 3 hours a day.
        They basically have no life as they have to stick to a very rigorous schedule.
        They don't let them eat much so they don't get fat.
        Cause God knows they are not skinny enough.
        I have seen interviews where the girls will report that they don't bother taking off their makeup because they will only be sleeping for 3 hours anyways.
        And they get like 10 days off every year.

        I could never live that life unless I was working for myself and made up my mind to do.
        But I can't do this and have a company profit from all my hard work and lack of sleep.

        Best Regards,
        Shana Jahsinta Walters.
        Actually, taking naps if very healthy for you brain because you will have more energy during the day.

        Nap is very different from sleeping and it is equal to a meditation, because when you you are napping you actually meditate. Believe me you should try that.
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        • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
          Originally Posted by Priki View Post

          Actually, taking naps if very healthy for you brain because you will have more energy during the day.

          Nap is very different from sleeping and it is equal to a meditation, because when you you are napping you actually meditate. Believe me you should try that.
          But how can I take a nap when I never feel sleepy throughout the day?

          Best Regards,
          Shana Jahsinta Walters.
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          • Profile picture of the author Priki
            Originally Posted by Shana Walters View Post

            But how can I take a nap when I never feel sleepy throughout the day?

            Best Regards,
            Shana Jahsinta Walters.
            Then maybe you are doing something wrong...

            Depends on in what time you go to bed, what are you doing before your first meal, did you skip the breakfast, what are you doing while your working, what type of job do you have, what are you doing when you finish with your job, do you have a sports activities and the most important (according to me), do you read or practice meditations.

            I am sure that there is something wrong in your schedule that keeps you awake for so much time. Feel free to share how your day is look like and I will try to give you some advice from my personal experience.

            Thanks in advance,
            Ivan
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            • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
              Originally Posted by Priki View Post

              Then maybe you are doing something wrong...

              Depends on in what time you go to bed, what are you doing before your first meal, did you skip the breakfast, what are you doing while your working, what type of job do you have, what are you doing when you finish with your job, do you have a sports activities and the most important (according to me), do you read or practice meditations.

              I am sure that there is something wrong in your schedule that keeps you awake for so much time. Feel free to share how your day is look like and I will try to give you some advice from my personal experience.

              Thanks in advance,
              Ivan
              Thanks for your help Priki, but there is nothing wrong in my schedule.
              This is the way I have slept my whole life.
              As long as I get six hours of sleep, I am perfectly fine throughout the whole day.
              I don't feel tired and lacking in energy.
              In fact during the time I slept longer is when I have problems.
              I lazy and tired and it's hard to shake the feeling off for the whole day.
              I don't feel the need to take naps, that's why I don't engage in it.
              Six hours works for me.
              Eight hours and longer works for other people.

              Best Regards,
              Shana Jahsinta Walters.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jack Bane
          Great point. I use naps as an escape from reality and enter other worlds.
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  • Profile picture of the author skevipethers
    Sleeping 3 hours is tolerable for me, I can work well but only for the first quarter of the day. In the after noon I better take a nap or refrain from working because I know my performance will go crashing down. Sometimes I just keep on eating (not necessarily meal) sweets to keep my mind running but at the end of the day I know how tired I'm gonna be.

    If this would happen on a day-to-day basis I don't think I can carry on.
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  • Profile picture of the author MiaSorensen
    I have just recently realised that not getting enough sleep was a large portion of the reason for my health problems. After I got my kids I survived on 3-5 hours of sleep every day. 2 year after I started getting anxiety, and problems with dehydration. When I went to the hospital, after what I thought was a heart attack, they told me that not getting enough sleep could mess up the body's salt balance, and that mainly was the reason for my problems. So please be careful, and take care of your health, it is one of the most precious things you've got.
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  • Profile picture of the author MiaSorensen
    Here is a great video to watch about what happens when you don't get enough sleep

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    • Profile picture of the author RJKushner
      This is coming from someone who for a half year could only get 1-2 hours of sleep a day because of insomnia.

      It's definitely possible to survive it but to me it was the worst 6 months of my life. It completely messed with my focus and health. Not to mention it made me very irritable and I ended up having less and less patience with others.

      I would say if you want to cut back on sleep while having more time to be productive 5-6 hours would probably be the best choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author allanrsm
    3 May be pushing it. But it is no coincidence that highly successful people thrive on very few hours of sleep in order to maximize the fulfillment of their potential.

    6 -7 is what I am on the moment...working to reduce that and get the most out of my day!
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  • Profile picture of the author LunguAndrei
    It all comes down to priorities. If money is more important than your health, then you can sacrifice sleep for work.
    Human body needs around of six hours to sleep to work properly. I don`t know how many doctors are around here, but if you want, you could search online for the effects of sleep deprivation, or ask a doctor what would are the longterm effects of not getting enough sleep.
    Human are interesting, we waste our health to get more money, and then we waste our money to get our health back, the only problem is, it`s harder, if not impossible to get your health back.
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  • Profile picture of the author naturalreo
    One of my University professor never sleep more than 3 hours everyday.He is very talented person and box of idea in his mind.He is successful teacher,businessman,motivator,organizer..........
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  • Profile picture of the author AL Hummel
    I think that everyone has their own unique needs. It's finding that perfect amount thats the tricky part. I used to go 2 days straight and then sleep sound for 8 hours. other times I would cat nap a few times each day and totally disregard the night as any different than the day. Work was great and solid back then so I was always excited about it. when your happy about what your doing I think sleep takes a backseat so to speak.
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  • Profile picture of the author rprieto60
    I sleep anywhere from 4-6 hours per night on a regular basis. I'm usually up until 1 or 2 in the morning, then I go to bed and arise around 6am. I occasionally sleep a bit longer, but that's the exception and not the rule.

    I do love a short power nap in the afternoon though
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenji M
    I sleep about 7 hours per day.
    And I once heard that someone who sleeps 3~4 hours everyday takes very short naps in the daytime.
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    Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping

    [Verse 2]
    Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
    I don't mind, I think they're crazy
    Running everywhere at such a speed
    Till they find there's no need (There's no need)

    [Chorus 2]
    Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
    And after all I'm only sleeping

    [Bridge]
    Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
    Taking my time
    Lying there and staring at the ceiling
    Waiting for a sleepy feeling

    [Chorus 2]
    Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
    And after all I'm only sleeping

    [Bridge]
    Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
    Taking my time

    [Verse 1]
    When I wake up early in the morning
    Lift my head, I'm still yawning
    When I'm in the middle of a dream
    Stay in bed, float up stream

    [Chorus 1]
    Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
    Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingten
    If you find that one thing, that keeps you awake, the is no need to sleep 6 hours and more,

    We have a limited time here on earth, so if one spend their time sleeping than spending it Grinding, the results is gonna be mediocre,

    The main thing is the drive, what drive you? what is your why, why do you do what you do?. If you wake up at 7:00 am, and i wake up at 4:30 am, by the time you wake up at 7:00, i have done a lot of thing while you still sleeping.

    You can train yourself to sleep less, as you can train yourself to do anything.
    Is all just a habit that we can develop if we want to.

    Sleep less and work more.
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