How much sleep do you get? I need to know for a new product development

by Peter Bestel 29 replies
There's been a number of threads talking about the amount of sleep IMers do or don't get.

I'm doing some research for a product we're creating to help people get to sleep and wondered if any Warriors consider lack of sleep a problem enough to want to do something about it?

I've got a little survey that would help me if you could complete it. In return I'll put you on the list to get a copy of our product to review.

  1. How many hours sleep do you think you need?
  2. On average, how many hours sleep do you get?
  3. Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
  • Drugs
  • Hypnosis/Relaxation CD
  • Alcohol
  • Anything else (please tell me)
PM me with your answers if you don't want to post them here.

Thanks

Peter
#main internet marketing discussion forum #development #product #sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Hi Peter...

    my sleeping patterns are one of the 7 wonders of the world.

    1) 6 maximum
    2) 6-8 usually
    3) Would I: no, no, no, yes* Have I: no, no, no, yes*

    * As an extension to number 3, I used to own a book called Mindstore by Jack Black who talked about a great method to easily relax and clear your mind before going to sleep... it worked, I really should get hold of the book again because it was fantastic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Peter, it depends on the day of the week as to how much sleep I need. If needed then I will take a couple of hours extra sleep on the weekend.

    I'm an accountant you don't expect me to do averages do you :p

    If I really can't sleep then a cup of coffee is the answer. 1 cup and 15 mins later I am dead to the world, and Rob has problems waking me the next day.

    HTH
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim B.
    Hi Peter,

    1: 8 would be nice.
    2: 6 max.
    3: In the lucky position to not need any of those. When I do finally lay down my head I'm gone by the time it hits the pillow :-)


    Take care,
    Jim B.
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  • Profile picture of the author mamza
    1. i think 7 hrs sleep would make me enough rest
    2.this few months, i only sleep for 4 hours... really tired..anyway i need to finish my project, then i would cover all the losses..(hopefully)
    3. No
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      1. 8 or so
      2. Anywhere from 4 to 12*
      3. I occasionally use Tylenol PM's, but otherwise no drugs. Hypnosis/Relaxation doesn't do a thing for me. I almost never drink alcohol.

      * I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and a damaged lower back where I'm constantly in pain (have no pain meds). I fight with sleep, and have for years. No matter how tired I am, it can take up to an hour or more for me to fall asleep. Then waking up the next day is a pain and a battle. On the weekends, I sleep 10+ hours. During the week, anywhere from 4 to 6.5 hours, depending on work load.

      Problems with sleep is a common problem with those of us with FMS/CFS.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    [*]How many hours sleep do you think you need?

    I need 8 hours a night.
    [*]On average, how many hours sleep do you get?

    About 9 each night plus 2 or 3 during the afternoon. At least 11 hours per day and it has wrecked my life.

    [*]Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:


    Peter
    Had all sorts of tests to find out why I need to sleep so much but the doctors are bloody useless. They think it is normal to be exhausted and unable to stay awake after 3 PM each afternoon. They think it is normal to just fall asleep no matter what you are doing. They think it is OK to give up a good career because the employer needs an employee who is awake and alert.
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      Originally Posted by Jean Morgan View Post

      Had all sorts of tests to find out why I need to sleep so much but the doctors are bloody useless. They think it is normal to be exhausted and unable to stay awake after 3 PM each afternoon. They think it is normal to just fall asleep no matter what you are doing. They think it is OK to give up a good career because the employer needs an employee who is awake and alert.
      Oh wow - someone how deals with the same as I do. My energy levels are up and down like a sickening roller coaster all day and night. Most of my energy is roughly 8pm to midnight for some odd reason. Being exhausted is my norm. Never been able to afford tests, but am with you on the Doctors being useless ... gave up on medical help years ago ... most never did a thing for me, regardless of the issue. We're just $$ to them. A year ago, our only local hospital closed because (and I quote) "There were not enough customers." (end quote). "customers". Not people like me who had a sudden asthma attack at 2am and nothing I had in the house was working and had to go to the hospital so I wouldn't suffocate to death ... happened twice in one month. Now, the nearest hospital is over 30 minutes away and has some of the worst reputation around. Joy oh Joy.

      Geez, sorry to have high-jacked the thread. It's Monday ... am cranky cause I didn't get my 10 hours sleep! LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Peter,
    1. How many hours sleep do you think you need? 8 hours
    2. On average, how many hours sleep do you get? 4 to 7 hours
    3. Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
    • Drugs - No, not even over-the-counter remedies.
    • Hypnosis/Relaxation CD - Yes
    • Alcohol - No
    • Anything else (please tell me) - My own mental techniques. Mainly choosing a random 4-digit number and then mentally subtracting 7 or 13 (prime numbers) from it until I get to 0. But I never get that far.
    Hope that helps,
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    1. 8hrs
    2. 6hrs
    3. no, I would-but I haven't, no, maybe
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
      Peter

      On a more serious note

      1. 8 hours
      2. 5 hours
      3. No

      The problem is quality of sleep due to computer screen headaches and worrying about getting things done to a deadline.

      Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author firemanks098
    How many hours sleep do you think you need? I personnally need about 6
    On average, how many hours sleep do you get? 5 - 6
    Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
    Drugs No
    Hypnosis/Relaxation CD No
    Alcohol Yes
    Anything else (please tell me) **

    ** Relaxation techniques learned from a psychologist friend - Bio-feedback techniques.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheNightOwl
    1. between 6 and 7.5

    I heard a geezer years ago on the radio saying that REM sleep tends to cycle in approximately 90min, well... cycles. So ever since then I've tried to sleep about 7.5hrs rather than the 8 we're told we need.

    I keep 8 as a good number because it often takes around half an hour to "declutter" from the day anyway.

    I've found this "multiples of 1.5 hours" thing to be quite effective, actually. Whenever I've been at university or doing extra study, it works a treat; I can survive on 4.5hrs for several days, then one night of 7.5 and the next of 6 and then a few more days of 4.5 and then I need a 10.5hr (or thereabouts, folks! ;-P) to kind of catch up. This works okay for several weeks, but it can't be sustained for too long.

    And 3 hrs just doesn't cut it. I always feel really groggy, kind of hungover even though I haven't been drinking. I don't recommend 3hrs.

    2. Usual week goes something like this: 7.5, 7.5, 6, 6, 9, 7.5, 9...

    3. Although I've lost my rhythm these last few months coz I've been so stupidly busy, I often do a short "mental round-up" of what I have on the following day and then jot it down (to avoid doing it in my head when I get into bed) and then meditate.

    I highly recommend this bookthis book , actually--particularly for the peeps who think meditation is all new-age hippy crap that requires a license in balcony bean-sprout cultivation.

    Hope that helps, Peter!
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    As the father of 3, let me tell you that a relaxation mp3 would go over big in the baby market. (if you haven't thought of that already)

    I know my baby son right now uses a relaxation CD to go to sleep with. However, when we went on vacation this summer, I forgot to bring the CD along. I would have given my right arm for a relaxation mp3. Good luck - and when marketing, don't forget the "mommy boards" or "baby forums" to market your items to. Those crazy mommas will spend a fortune on their children.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIAMONDS
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    4-6 hours on average depending on conference call schedules, 3-way calls for our team etc.

    Doug.
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    1) 8
    2) 7-9
    3) No.

    Kevin.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Reed
    How many hours sleep do you think you need? 4hrs

    On average, how many hours sleep do you get? 5hrs

    Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
    Drugs: Yes
    Hypnosis/Relaxation CD: Yes
    Alcohol: Yes
    Anything else: Yes. All kinds of new age wizardry. (Trying to persuade the first
    damn sheep to jump over the hurdle!)

    Always amuses me that "alcohol" doesn't get included with "drugs".

    David
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  • Profile picture of the author CSwrite
    1. 8 hrs - to feel even remotely human
    2. 3-4 hrs lately - so I rarely do feel human
    3. No
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      1. How many hours sleep do you think you need? - 8
      2. On average, how many hours sleep do you get? 8
      3. Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
      no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no....and so on.
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      • Profile picture of the author haridasz
        i believe we sleep enough when we eventually die.

        so i just get min rest to get me going - 5.5 to 6 hrs
        no, no, no, a hot chocolate get me into the snooze mood

        cheers
        hari

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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
          Thanks for all your replies.

          I'm glad you guys aren't our target market as you sleep waaay too easily.

          So far, the average estimate of sleep hours required is 7 and you say you're getting 6. Well done.

          Most of you also don't feel the need to use anything to help you to sleep - again very good.

          I'm just glad I know there's a bunch of people out there that DO have a problem getting to sleep.



          Karl - Mindstore is a great book and it actually on the shelf next to me! I've met Jack a couple of times and love the stuff he does.

          Gary - the baby and Mom market is something that is in our business plan already. You're right, they do like to spend on their kids.

          We'll make available the mp3 to anyone who's contributed to this thread and expressed an interest.

          Cheers

          Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author GlynisG
    1. Minimum 6 hours
    2. Average 6-8 hours
    3. Lullaby
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  • Profile picture of the author virtualpro
    1.) I'm lazy, 10 hrs a day would be nice.
    2.) 7 hrs to sleep and 3 hrs to play with my kid.
    3.) Yes, I go to work or do something I feel boring. ( I don't considered what I do to make money now as work, because I enjoyed it.)

    Lee
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  • Profile picture of the author nipit007
    1. How many hours sleep do you think you need? 8

    2. On average, how many hours sleep do you get? 8


    3. Would you, or have you ever used any of the following to help you sleep?:
    No No No and No Have always slept like a baby. Except my wife says I snore like a bear....

    no * Drugs
    no * Hypnosis/Relaxation CD
    no * Alcohol
    no * Anything else (please tell me)

    Paul
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