Do you sleep less than 6 hours or more than 9?

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Was just going through Yahoo news and saw this link, not sure how credible this is but I do want to live long and healthy. With all this IM, I do sleep less.

Lack of sleep linked to early death - Yahoo! News UK
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    Hmm...I think it's pretty accurate. Being incredibly healthy and having high energy levels will more than likely cancel out the lack of sleep....maybe ; )

    A full 8 hours is really healthy for you though...I kinda get into rough edges with my girl cuz of it(she's like a zombie...those vegetarians are gross!) but I try to get my 8 hours at least 5 days a week.

    I feel a lot more productive when I get more sleep and my day just feels better...more alive and more...well loving and happy.

    I don't think this did much for the research you found but it's more healthy AND more productive to get 8 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author TFyler
    Great question! I have always known that lack of sleep can cause a decrease in brain activity and metabolism for that particular day but I wasnt aware that it can lead to an early death!

    Answer to question: 6-7 hours of sleep per day


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    • Profile picture of the author tj0575
      Originally Posted by timmywf View Post

      Interesting...I tend to sleep between 6-8 hours a night. Any less than that I will be dragging around all day. Any more than that and I don't want to get up. 6-8 hours is just right.
      I get about 6-8 as well. Funny thing about the article, I read an article about 3months ago that said you only need 5-7hrs to be productive and any longer than that can have a negative affect. Never know what to believe these days
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  • Profile picture of the author careybaird
    My sleep patterns are terrible - if I am on a role I might work till 3am and then be so excited I am awake again at 7am ready to go. But that doesn't last long and before I know it im tired during the day and sleeping late in.

    Getting a regular sleep pattern is important, but I just cant seem to do it!
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    • Profile picture of the author MerlynSanchez
      Sadly I'm the same way. First of all, I've always had a problem with insomnia. Secondly like Careybaird, I'll start working on something and get so involved that I'll stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning.

      So, on average I'm only getting about 4 hours a night lately. I really need to get a regular sleep pattern too!



      Originally Posted by careybaird View Post

      My sleep patterns are terrible - if I am on a role I might work till 3am and then be so excited I am awake again at 7am ready to go. But that doesn't last long and before I know it im tired during the day and sleeping late in.

      Getting a regular sleep pattern is important, but I just cant seem to do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author ninal
    I sleep anywhere between 4-6 hours. Sometimes 8. Sleeping for less than 4 hours is terrible for me as I would end up trying to 'catch up' with more sleep (which means more wasted hours/days).
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  • Profile picture of the author Manfred Ekblad
    People who regularly had this little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a period of 25 years or less than those who got the recommended six to eight hours.
    If I slept more than 4 hours every night, perhaps I wouldn't have to read that sentence 5 times before getting the point... :p

    All you have to do is to find a way to balance the lack of sleep with activities that prolongs your life.

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    This guy looks like he could use some sleep...

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  • Profile picture of the author BSco
    That's odd, 8 hours sleep is not enough for me, I settle for at least 9-10 every day, is there something wrong with me, Haha
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  • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
    I'm the same way. I need to be able to get into a pattern.

    I work a night shift from 5pm-1am. By the time I get home I'm not tired I usually go to bed really late at around 4am-6am. Then will sleep until around Noon-2pm.

    It's good to know lack of sleep might be linked to early death. It's more justification as to why I spend my "morning" sleeping
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  • Profile picture of the author WilliamL
    I sleep between 6-8 hours, most nightes around 7 hours. Thats good for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    As long as over the course of your entire life you do not sleep for on average less than 6 hours a night then you will be fine.

    If you think you do, then you need to go and see a doctor.
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  • Profile picture of the author BillWilson
    Everybody and every body is different and hence sleep requirements are different. Here's a funny true story. My spouse sleeps 3 to 4 hours less than I do. I decided there was something wrong with me so began sleeping 3 to 4 hours less. I got really pretty sluggish and felt sick all the time, so I went to few doctors about being tired. I finally had a sleep study done and found that I'm actually in the 99% when it comes to being a good sleeper. I just am what is referred to as a "long sleeper" meaning that I need 8+ hours a night to feel at my best. So, after this whole silly thing, it turns out that I just do need more sleep than my spouse and now I have doctors orders to get it. LOL. Hope this is helpful to someone.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lanadili
      I usually sleep about 7-8 hours a night and feel rested. The times when I get less than that it makes me feel tired all day, and anything longer than 9 hours gives me headaches.
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  • Profile picture of the author ucajack
    During week days i take 6-7 hours of sleep but during weekends it gets extended to 8 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    No matter how late I stay up, I tend to wake up between 10-11 at any given time.

    A similar thread was posted about this - as I said in that thread, lack of sleep correlating to early death really shouldn't surprise anyone. Your brain restores itself while you sleep - if your brain, your body's most superior organ, doesn't get that restoration, you'll likely die sooner than you should've.

    I used to try and cram in as much as possible at the sacrifice of sleep. Great example is a website I designed awhile back - while I give myself an A for effort, the graphics left something to be desired. I stayed up all night working on it, running on coffee instead of sleep by the time the sun rose. But then, I just couldn't take it anymore, so I started going to bed earlier... then went back and attempted that site. The results were FAR superior.

    Sleep contributes not only to your health, but your overall happiness and productivity. I still love my coffee - I pretty much drag ass all day if I don't get it, regardless of a full night's sleep - but it's no substitute for sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author steveo
    I dont even know what sleep is anymore I cant sleep until the early hours And thats everyday I have been like this for many years now
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    • Profile picture of the author Chaz Foxx
      It's not the Quantity its the Quality of Sleep.

      I personally think 4-6-hours of sleep are fine. 4-hours of sleep, along with maybe 2-15min-45min (45 minutes is the maximum) power naps.

      If you sleep less your body will start to adapt and generate more energy. You can be a lot more productive in the long run.

      Especially coming from a business mindset, I'm able to work and study more, while my competitors are sleeping. Money is being made 24/7. Don't get me wrong sleep 4-hours only isn't easy in the beginning.

      Nevertheless, learning to tie your shoe in the beginning isn't a cake walk either.

      The average person lives until they are 80yrs old. Additionally, the average person sleeps 1/3 of their life away. So pretty much you can calculate how much time you have left to live. So personally, I choose to sleep less.

      You can compare sleeping all day ie. (9-hours plus) to charging your cell phone. Charging your cell phone all day does not give your cell phone an infinite charge that is going to last a day longer. When your phone says it done or "Battery full" its done.

      In fact I think there are studies where, leaving your cell phone on the charger weakens the battery.
      However, the human body is the same way. When you sleep 9- plus hours a day, you in fact weaken your energy supply.

      Its the same with the human body. Your body starts producing less energy. Therefore, leading to a "still feeling tired" state when you wake up... We've all been there before you sleep 8-hours plus and still feel tired.

      So it's not the quantity of sleep it's the quality of sleep.
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      There are celebrities and some famous people thought out history
      only sleep and slept 4-hours a night ie. (Martha Stewart, Jay Leno, TonyRobbins and Madonna.)
      You can see the rest here. Google Answers: Famous 4-hour sleepers
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      • I heard that coming out of childhood - to teen - and on to adulthood that you need less and less sleep. You ever noticed how much babies seem to sleep. But I think 6 - 8 is fine.

        If you feel your body trying to catch up on rest - then stop and get back to getting enough rest. DON'T play with your body - it's only one of you! This could cause some health problems over time. Especially if you don't exercise either.
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        • Profile picture of the author G G.A.I.N
          Originally Posted by Melvin Truth Holloway View Post

          I heard that coming out of childhood - to teen - and on to adulthood that you need less and less sleep. You ever noticed how much babies seem to sleep. But I think 6 - 8 is fine.

          If you feel your body trying to catch up on rest - then stop and get back to getting enough rest. DON'T play with your body - it's only one of you! This could cause some health problems over time. Especially if you don't exercise either.
          I agree 6-8 is good but 9 is even better
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  • Profile picture of the author chattervine
    when work day, i always get sleep less than 6 hours. i often sleep at the early in the morning but wake up after 4 hours sleep...but i wonder how can it ruin our health?
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  • according to some health experts, 7-8hrs. of sleep is just right for adults
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  • Profile picture of the author betsyanne
    I agree that everyone needs to have enough sleep to function well. Everyone is different and needs different amounts of sleep.

    I have also read that many people do not get enough sleep, and it affects their work and health. It would be better for everyone if the people around us always got enough sleep, but many people deprive themselves of sleep or have sleep problems.

    I find Chamomile tea (available in most stores) can help me get to sleep if I need help doing that. It is a natural remedy that people have been using for generations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Sustar
    I certainly agree that it differs from one person to another, some people might do just fine with 6 hours, while others need power naps in the afternoon after a 9-hour night sleep.

    I used to sleep 6-7 hours a day back in college, but since college (enjoying the entrepreneur / marketer life) I sleep 8-9 hours a day.

    What's weird is that I don't really notice any difference in productivity, concentration, etc. It's just easier to sleep a little longer in the morning than to get up, that's all.
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  • Profile picture of the author StephA
    I've read before we have four hour sleep cycle. So two of these cycles are supposed to be good for the night...

    However, it seems like babies have a two hour sleep cycle. Especially new ones

    I would love to get eight hour of sleep a night. But if my little guy goes four hours in a row without needing to eat, I'm pretty happy. Once he sleeps through the night, I think my productivity will go through the roof!
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  • Profile picture of the author Osahon Urubusi
    Do people actually get to sleep 9hrs? What kind of work do they do?

    My personal experience is that when I'm on a regular workout schedule or just go swimming regularly, I tend to need less sleep after the first 2 weeks. When I'm not working out, I'm more draggy. Generally 5-6hrs max, and I wake up intermittently.
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  • Profile picture of the author uche2rue
    I sleep more that 6 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author jenifer00
    My life experiences tell me different people need different amounts of sleep. I know some people who can't function without at least 8 hours of sleep. My body just doesn't sleep for 8 hours.

    I rarely sleep more than 4 hours at a time because I wake up after 4 hours. I try to get 5-6 hours total sleep a night because that's how i function best. I'm no good if I go for 3-4 days in a row with less than 4 hours sleep.

    Good question, it's interesting to see the different responses.
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      7 to 8 hours evry night. I don't break
      this routine. Even on vacation, I'm
      just used to this.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dayton Keeran
        The recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours but everyone is different. Some people can feel good on just 4-6 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep though can lead to tiredness throughout the day, lethargy, not being able to think properly or make the right decisions and just a general lack of energy and interest in things.

        If you have things on your mind or are feeling stressed at bedtime that can also have your mind constantly thinking and worrying about things which in turn will keep you awake for hours on end.

        The best solution for me is to go to bed and just switch off my brain. Not think about anything, just let my mind go blank. I find when i do this i sleep much better whereas if i go to bed thinking about a hundred different things i can stay awake all night and feel terrible the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Rickfold
    I actually think it's quality that matters more than quantity. Of course a good 6-8 hours are essential. But if you sleep more than that or sleep irregulary (like you go to sleep now at 11pm then tomorrow at 2am) I think the quality diminishes...
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  • Profile picture of the author webcreationuk
    I always try to keep my sleeping hours between 6-8. Of course, some night I go with 1-2, some with 12-13, but most cases I have normal sleep hours.
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    • Profile picture of the author naruq
      I sleep less than 6 hours per day. Even when I was a child I never slept that much. My father even took me to a sleep doctor. My dad was concerned that something was physically wrong with me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
        I sleep approx 6hrs a night during the week and 8-10 hrs Friday night into Saturday (thats my one day to sleep in)

        Someone once told me Sleep is like the Bank you can only make so many withdrawals before you have to put some deposits in
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  • Profile picture of the author koncorps
    I prefer a steady 10-12 hours daily to be honest
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  • Profile picture of the author sousen
    I sleep 6-7 hours at night
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  • Profile picture of the author Virus
    I totally agree that less sleep can cause early death because it leads to poor health it is also interesting that more sleep also leads to same result.

    So dear member...

    "Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise"
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  • Sleep about 7-8 hours a night. If I have more than 9 I do feel more refreshed and up beat, this usually happens on the weekend :-).
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  • Profile picture of the author Gringo
    I get around 5 hrs per night and even that is not great sleep. Have you ever tried to sleep with rocket attacks going off and other people in the room moving around banging the weapons on the floor? Try sleeping well with 6 other Army soldiers in the same room. This does not pane out to good. I work around 13 hr days then add the walk to the room time and the clean your butt time. Heck now we are at 15 hrs of the day already done. This does not include getting to eat. So there goes another hr. 16. By the time you lay your head down and start falling asleep someone comes in the room wakes you up and ugg ya feel like crap. So Yes I do believe that I get a lot less then 6 to 8 hrs. of sleep a night. War is a Sob!
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    • Profile picture of the author NickA
      I realized is so beneficial to get a good 8 hours. But, even more importantly, sleep earlier and WAKE earlier! You will feel like your days are longer... unless you are just more of a night person.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrJNW
      Originally Posted by Gringo View Post

      I get around 5 hrs per night and even that is not great sleep. Have you ever tried to sleep with rocket attacks going off and other people in the room moving around banging the weapons on the floor? Try sleeping well with 6 other Army soldiers in the same room. This does not pane out to good. I work around 13 hr days then add the walk to the room time and the clean your butt time. Heck now we are at 15 hrs of the day already done. This does not include getting to eat. So there goes another hr. 16. By the time you lay your head down and start falling asleep someone comes in the room wakes you up and ugg ya feel like crap. So Yes I do believe that I get a lot less then 6 to 8 hrs. of sleep a night. War is a Sob!
      I hear that!! Ever since I left War, Iraq, USA...I get usually between 3-6 hours a night, sometimes only a few. Other times i may well sleep for a day almost.

      My patterns are too sporadic.
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  • Profile picture of the author brokenblade
    I get around 6-7 hours of sleep a night right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liesel
      I used to sleep around 6 hours a night when I was working full time and going to school at night. I was constantly exhausted.

      Now that has changed and I get right around 8 hours each night. I wake up feeling rested and I am much more relaxed.
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  • Profile picture of the author KC-Coop
    Around 6 hours seems to be the perfect number for me. Sometimes 7. If I sleep any less I'm pretty tired - but if I sleep more then 7 hours I am very groggy and I don't want to get out of bed.

    So between 6-7 hours is for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author tekmedia
    I am a very light sleeper i sleep around 6 to 7 hours a night the most. There are few times out of the month where i sleep around 9 hours or so
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  • My work keeps me up about 20 hours a day . When i am not working 1 on 1 with affiliates I am busy responding to emails, getting new deals with advertisers. I wish i could get 9hrs of sleep lmao.
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  • Profile picture of the author iNDESiGN
    I'm getting around 6 hours of sleep on work days and 10+ on week days
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  • Profile picture of the author Wooh
    You guys just scared me i will sleep 10 hours from now on
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Originally Posted by Michael Nguyen View Post

    Was just going through Yahoo news and saw this link, not sure how credible this is but I do want to live long and healthy. With all this IM, I do sleep less.

    Lack of sleep linked to early death - Yahoo! News UK
    Saw a similar article on msn and some other news site couple days or weeks back. Fairly interesting stuff. I personally get about 5-7 hours sleep per day. Need to try to push it up.

    I also notice a difference in my behavior depending on my hour of sleep as in your mood and attitude. Sometimes a lack of sleep just makes you feel depress.
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  • Profile picture of the author edikanvictor
    i sleep 8 hours in a day.
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    • Profile picture of the author threelegs61
      I used to survive on around 4-5 hours sleep per night during my affiliate marketing years, but not any more. I feel it is important to have balance in life and that includes getting a proper nights sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author Edk
      I used to sleep less than 6 hours a night for years on end but I was fully rested on that. Now I sleep 8 hours. It was related to my eating habits I think more than anything else. I was pure vegan on the less than 6 hours a night. Now I'm a happy meat eater
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    • Profile picture of the author maddiet
      I really feel tired if I don't sleep enough. For me that means at least 7 hours of sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Field
      I used to stay up working at least 19 hours a day from Monday to Friday, but since I got sick and my Doctor advised me not to get over stressed I now sleep at least 7-8 hours everyday. Ain't worth working hard and cut off 50% of your remaining days on earth. Health is more than just wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author margaretw
    Hi Guys.

    All these posts on sleep are interesting but I reckon your body will tell you one way or another if you need more or less. I ebb and flow, sometimes 3 hrs, sometimes 7 hrs. I'm a boomer by the way and also a night person, so maybe that has something to do with it.

    Someone said if you consider the biblical life span of three score years and ten - and if you work eight hrs, sleep eight hrs and play eight hours, by the time you pop-off you'll have slept for a third of your life!

    Since I'm going towards the biblical number i've decided to rebel and,sleep or no sleep i'm seriously aiming for a Century. So i'm working on lots of birthdays because it's a proven fact - the more birthdays you have the longer you live

    Anyway, smile awhile guys and download this free ebook.

    http://www.netmarketingempires.com/sleep_well.pdf

    Enjoy get your zeds in, and here's to a bright tomorrow.
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  • Profile picture of the author awoodyear
    People say it is important to have balance in life, sleep is just one of those things. Sleep is good, in moderation
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    • Profile picture of the author enovs
      I sleep between 5 to 7 hours a night
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    • Profile picture of the author Pchelka
      I usually sleep 7-8 hours and I fell great. If I sleep anything longer most of the time I wake up in terrible mood, thinking that I wasted a lot time. That's why I usually don't sleep more than 9 hours.
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    • my preference is to use intention to always sleep the length of time that optimally balances the satisfaction of my body-mind systems need for rest with the interest of not sleeping more than needed so I have plenty waken hours - I like using the 80-20 rule/ pareto principle as a guideline for that.

      The second aspects is doing my best to reduce any unproductive wasting of energy, while living a healthy life and apply practices that can improve sleep quality or fulfill similar functions as sleep in a faster, or more holistically beneficial way (such as deep relaxation during the day and when going to bed to accelerate deep sleep states and get better rest, yoga, meditation, exercise, healthy diet, healthy relationships etc).

      Sometimes I function best on 4 hours a night for weeks at a time, sometimes I need 10 hours a night for days at a time, i.e. when I went through much change and need to process and integrate...my primary choice is to let my inner wisdom decide how much sleep is optimal whenever I can...
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  • Profile picture of the author JJ Rendon
    6-8 hours of sleep is normal for adult age, more or less than the average hours can be a risk factor to illness such as hypertension and stress related health problems such as anemia etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author kiau
    This is true because i have a friend practically doing this routine. He's 60 years old and seems he pretty healthy and younger than me. I'm 27 years old.
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  • Profile picture of the author unknownpray
    I sleep for at least 8 hours a day on weekdays. But on the weekends, less than 5, because I am up all night watching Late Night comedies or at parties with friends. I am always tired because of my sleeping patterns >.<
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  • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
    I used to get lots of sleep -- but now I have a newborn I definitely only feel my best when I have a full 8-9 hours.

    My husband, on the other hand, probably gets less than 4 a night He has a terrible work schedule...
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  • Profile picture of the author paperkool
    Originally Posted by Michael Nguyen View Post

    Was just going through Yahoo news and saw this link, not sure how credible this is but I do want to live long and healthy. With all this IM, I do sleep less.

    Lack of sleep linked to early death - Yahoo! News UK
    Quite as it's kept, people are more stressed out now days, sleep is like water or air. We definitely need it more then we sometimes believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
    My normal used to be about 6-7 hours a night plus 1 or 2 in a nap during the day. However, since I now have a baby.... Let's just say 6 total hours on average for three days is a luxury.

    The article is gone, but I have read that if you are trying to lose weight, you want to get 7-8 hours a night. More or less than that supposedly works against weight loss.

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    • Profile picture of the author G G.A.I.N
      Originally Posted by reimer View Post

      before IM and warrior forum 7-8 hours....

      after IM and warrior forum 5 or less of sleep...

      I guess that says all
      i guess IM and warrior forum took some of your sleeping time dont be cranky
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      • Profile picture of the author LiquidSeo
        I typically sleep 6-7 hours during the week, and try to get a nice 8-9 on weekends!

        Sometimes..that is just a dream though with 4 kids!
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    Originally Posted by Michael Nguyen View Post

    Was just going through Yahoo news and saw this link, not sure how credible this is but I do want to live long and healthy. With all this IM, I do sleep less.

    Lack of sleep linked to early death - Yahoo! News UK
    Last week I slept less than 5 hours for few days. And last night I slept at least 8 hours. What do you think will happen to me in 10 years? Will I be dead or still alive?
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  • Profile picture of the author green_agent
    I can't even remember how it feels waking up after sleeping 8 or more hours
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  • Profile picture of the author mark33
    I don't worry about it.... I just sleep when I need it. Fortunately, I have a lifestyle that supports this!!!

    Mark.
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  • Profile picture of the author martyful
    Try this: eat properly (nutritious foods in not large quantities) . and go to sleep at night as soon as you feel tired, and wake up without an alarm clock. Then do some reading at different times of the day. If you feel like you cant concentrate well, then take a nap. The night sleeptime hours + naptime hours = total amount of sleep you need. Do all this over a 30 day period and note the average times.
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  • Profile picture of the author martyful
    I forgot to mention I read a scientific study a long time ago and I have verified it with myself: Your last hour of sleep is the most important to mental energy. Many people try to cheat by skimming a half hour or so at the start and end of the night and then get fatigued during the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phobos
    I sleep A LOT. And I mean A LOT. Don't get me wrong, I love to sleep - it's one of my biggest passions:p I sleep a full night and then I take at least a nap during the day.

    My "passionate sleeping" habit came along with Internet money. I feel so free, careless and joyful when sleeping especially because I never managed to adapt to regular work (I mean slave labor) and now I can manage my own time.

    I think people that are self employed should realize that they have something many others don't. The ability to live a healthier, longer life trough proper sleep. I mean let's face it. Money is no pleasure when you're sick. If you guys need motivation to get proper rest here are some facts about the benefits of sleeping:

    1. Sleep keeps your hearth healthy
    2. Sleep may prevent cancer
    3. Sleep reduces stress
    4. Sleep makes you more alert
    5. Sleep bolsters your memory
    6. Sleep can help you loose weight
    7. Naps make you smarter (I think I'll soon become a genius:p)
    8. Sleep may reduce the risk of depression
    9. Sleep helps the body make repairs

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  • Profile picture of the author mish_h
    6-8 hours is perfect, I try get 8 every night but at least 6 to feel "human" the next day

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  • Profile picture of the author stealth_warrior
    i must say i sleep only 6-7 hours, almost never 9 hours ...

    balance working with sleeping.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomjunction
    No i sleep for whole 8 hours every day. I never compromise my sleep. As i think sleep is very important for every human being. I would like to advise to all the warriors of Warrior forums that do not compromise your sleep and have a complete sleep. its very important for a healthy life.
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  • Profile picture of the author harro1
    I sleep only 5 hours, i have a day job and i am into internet marketing as well, so i don't get time to sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    6-7 Hours. But, 7 hours makes me feel better.
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  • Profile picture of the author levanhen
    I'm sleep 6 hours, I'm think sleep 8h is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author PascalSundhar
    Atleast sleep 8 hours it's very good for health.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewClement
    I tend to sneak in about 5-6 hours a day. I work full time as an affiliate account manager, run my own campaigns and sites, and then try to offer as much support and guidance for our affiliates whenever they need.

    So when they are based in the UK, India, etc...I try to be around for them even if its an awkward time on my end.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Field
    Sleeping is very important it makes you feel good when you have enough sleep, lack of sleep will lead you to early death. Ou body needs sleep to restore our good body condition. But these days I almost have 4 hours of sleep which is not healthy, it makes me feel drowsy and droopy most of the time. It is very important to have enough number of sleeping hours to replenish your energy and to completely regenerate your body cells. I'm so busy that I could hardly find time to sleep, but I realize that we really need to give our selves the right hours and sufficient time to sleep to live well.
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  • Profile picture of the author aarontodd
    when i was still around 16 to 18 i usually sleep less than 6 hours because of the night outs with my friends.

    i became more sleepy when i reached the age of 23 and was sleeping for more than 9 hours.

    however, because i'm getting older, i sleep 8 hours everyday without an alarm clock. it's just my body who wants to sleep and wake up.
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  • Profile picture of the author itj
    Well , i sleep between 7-8 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author greg binkley
    I've gotten 5-6 hours of sleep for the last 30 years. The only time I get more sleep is on the weekends, then I get 8 hours. Has'nt killed me yet!
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  • Profile picture of the author jonrhodesuk
    I usually sleep about 6 hours per day. It doesn;t seem to matter what time I go to bed, I get up at the same time.
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    • Profile picture of the author lloyd02
      Here is how you can get by on less sleep if need be..
      I've been into meditation for years and have learned that if you relax your body and mind completely before you drift off, you can be more rested in fewer hours.
      There are lots of mp3s and cds on relaxation. What I'm saying is dont go to sleep wound up and stressed out when you can deliberately go through each part of your body and mind and cause it to relax.
      I think a lot of people don't know how tense they can be and still fall asleep. Some even grind their teeth during sleep.

      When I learned this, I was studying some meditation-relaxation techniques, went to bed super relaxed and woke up in the early hours wide awake and ready to go.

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  • Profile picture of the author rocky80
    I try to get 8 hours at least, but I wake up early most of the time hence going to bed early. Someone on the thread mentioned quality over quantity, and there is a school of thought in making your bed room stating as dark as possible, and even to the point where your blocking all light sources, i.e. alarm clock.
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  • Profile picture of the author fletd09
    That isn't good news, I slept 2 hours last night
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    This week I have been on earlies so about 5 hours a night and Im shattered!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlie299
    I used to get like 10-12 hours of sleep thinking I would be more rested, but lately I've cut it down to 6-8 and feel so much better throughout the day. Funny how that works
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  • Profile picture of the author Caritas
    Hello:

    Taking melatonin can improve your sleep. I find taking iodine does also. (fewer hours; wide awake in the morning)

    Caritas
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMeth10K
    Funny how you stumble across topics that relate to where you're at in your own life. I am reading "The Ultra Mind Solution" by Mark Hymen M.D. and sleep is a huge part of a healthy life. The author cites sleep deprivation leads to depression, attention deficit disorder, problems with learning and memory, not to mention 100,000 car accidents a year. It's even been linked to Alzheimer's disease - which is why I'm reading the book in the first place. (my mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimers).
    So if you own a coffee shop, you love our fast paced society. But for our long term health, maybe we should learn something from the book "The Four Hour Work Week".
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  • Profile picture of the author Fermina
    I always and i mean always complete my 8hours of sleep! even if i know i have a big project to finish and have deadlines i don't prioritize them
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    • Profile picture of the author Katharin
      Originally Posted by dags View Post

      I always and i mean always complete my 8hours of sleep! even if i know i have a big project to finish and have deadlines i don't prioritize them
      I would *so* love to be able to do this and not have to worry about insomnia. I keep thinking that maybe someday it will work again for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcampbell075
    I regularly sleep 7-8 hours a day.. But sometimes it depends on my work and task.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katharin
    Originally Posted by Michael Nguyen View Post

    Was just going through Yahoo news and saw this link, not sure how credible this is but I do want to live long and healthy. With all this IM, I do sleep less.
    Sore subject for me because I have trouble with sleep often. I NEED 8 full hours but I can't even remember the last time I got it... or even 7. I usually end up with about 6 and then feel sluggish for hours after I get up.
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  • Profile picture of the author cainsproducts
    I sleep 8-10 hours on a average night but any more than 10 then I find myself lethargic, I guess we are all different & require different amounts
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  • Profile picture of the author NatureElf
    I average 6 hours a night. However, I have noticed that after doing that for a week or so I get really tired and then sleep 8 or 9 hours for a few nights. Once I have "banked" my sleep I go back to 6 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicklas12
    That is why having two kids will age you twice as fast during the heavy years :-)

    I had very little sleep the last two years and I feel tired and old :-(
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  • Profile picture of the author Kysersoze
    My sleep is horrible. I sleep less than 6 hours and there are some nights where I cant sleep at all. This will not be a good thing when I get older.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I typically sleep 7-8 hours, but sometimes with IM my mind can work overtime especially when there are pressing issues at hand - this can cause me to wake up early and sleep-deprived (or not sleep very soundly at all) since my mind is so preoccupied it's almost impossible to really rest until the issues are resolved.

    Meditation definitely helps though, especially right before bed time.
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  • Profile picture of the author 24sevencart
    It's quite interesting question to answer! Sleep early, get up early is old saying by our grandparents. Yes, I agree with this. It's very important to kick off whole laziness and dullness at your work day activity. Usually to take sleep for 7 hours in a day. if you can't make the sleep early at regular time then have proper hours of sleep for your balance mind!
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  • Profile picture of the author direct_marketer
    I find 8 hours is optimal - balance or not. The problem is binging on behaviors like fun, work, or social activities that throw off the chemicals in your head and mess with your sleep quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    The last three weeks I have been running on 5 hours sleep a day.
    Now I am sleeping between six and eight
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Kerr
    6-8 hours a night. If I do not get this, i will crash. I will not be productive until I sleep. My body punishes me everytime I go out late to a bar or whatever. I will even fall asleep mid day to get that prime 8 hours sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author FJRoy_o
    We listen to our bodies - 7-8 hours - if we need to push it - then we follow after Thomas Edison and his "Insomnia Squad" and work for 90, take a mental break of 30 on another non-related, maybe a 20 minute nap, and keep going. For example - John is working on his site Social Media Orgasm.com - and also studying "cramming" for his last 2 Amateur Radio (HAM) Licenses - Morse Code and Extra - for fellow HAMS - Elements 1 & 4...

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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Long thread! I am asleep by 11pm and up by 5:30am. I am a morning person.
    Love those 2 cups of coffee in the AM. I do my best work before 10am.
    Then I do some yard work. Love that!

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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    About 6-7 hours. I usually go to bed around 10-11 (sometimes midnight) to get up at 5am, so I can leave early to beat traffic to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author matedaks2
    It's true lack of sleep can decrease your life span if you do it more frequent.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcyberpunk
    Depending on my workload. I sleep less when I'm working on something that is exciting or I am inspired.
    I often recharge during the day with a 20 -30 minute meditation
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  • Profile picture of the author josephkerr
    I love sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thimblewimp
    because I have vertigo, I could not sleep too short or too long
    I once read an article saying "the quality of sleep is more important than the amount"
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
    I am an insomniac!

    I read a book a while ago which contained some extremely good information about how to sleep less and have more energy.

    Too much sleep can actually make you lethargic and fatigued.

    The basic idea was to have a set sleeping pattern. Unfortunately, I have pretty inconsistant timing so I can't use the information all that much.

    Give it a search because its definately worth reading.

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