How much sleep is enough?

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I have been trying to get up early in the morning atleast by 5:30 AM but could not succeed so far because I always end up sleeping late. how many hours of sleep do you think is enough?
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinP
    Personally, I think the amount of sleep required is all about what you believe you need. I'm sure there are various scientific studies that may tell you a certain number of hours is healthy.

    I rarely get more than 5 hours per night between my business and my family life. I have done this for quite some time that I am now quite used to it and function great on little sleep. I'm also quite healthy and have a good immune system. I am very driven by my business which I think KEEPS me healthy.

    When I was employee who hated his job I slept 8 hours a night and always felt tired...what does that tell you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Voss
    Sleep cycles are a very personalized thing. Some people can easily get by with 4-5 hours of sleep a night without any negative effects, others need to sleep 11 hours to function effectively.

    Just about anyone get by one night with little/no sleep, but the long term effects are not good. Sleep is actually an important part of your success. If you are chronically tired, you mind is not as sharp as it would be on the right amount of sleep.

    I completely understand the need to go to bed late and get up early, so that you can get more done and get more cash in the bank account. But, in reality, if you are finding that you are tired all day you will not get as much done in the day as you would with the proper amount of sleep.

    Just listen to your body, eat healthy, avoid alcohol and caffeine in excess and exercise regularly. Your sleep will be more productive and so will you.

    Now mind you, this is a do as I say and not as I do speech. I am just about the opposite of everything I just said. But it is the best way, regardless of how likely we are going to go it.

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    • Profile picture of the author hatdance
      The older I get, the more I need a full 8 hours. Then I can wake up naturally and refreshed. Otherwise, I might be in a sleep-deprived fog all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    I have to say I agree with Scott. I always envy those who can get by on 5 hours sleep, but I just can't do it. I need 8 hours minimum, though of course the occasional late night/ very early morning is fine.

    I also think it helps to get into a very good routine. Try to go to bed/ wake up at the same time each day and it'll get easier.

    If you're trying to rise a little earlier, then it'll take time for your body to get used to it. Do it gradually.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordanberg2311
    I know a person who's a coder n lots of good websites owner. He makes hell lots of money a month. But he never sleeps. only couple of hours for like 2 days.

    My 9-5 job's boss, sometimes i receive his email at 3am. They do not have the time to think about sleepy. They just want to get things done.

    I love sleeping! =) more than 10hours on weekend, 7hours on weekdays. Therefore I'm still poor..lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Vogin
      You can't get anything done if you're tired. Even if I sleep from midnight to 8AM, it's a relatively long period and I can still get up early and get more things done.

      It's about discipline really, to plan your day and not to run a 2hrs movie 15 minutes before "bed-time"....
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  • Profile picture of the author ButterflyGarden
    Most people function best with 7 hours minimum of sleep. Many people do fine with 5 hours, some don't do well without 9-10 its really different for different people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pisaka
    It depends upon your physiological needs. I have learned one perfect rule: "Always consider the needs of your organism". If it asks you to water the mouth that means you go and drink, if it asks you to sleep one more hour that means it really needs this. Sometimes you cannot even explain your desires, but your body understands everything.
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    • Profile picture of the author KaizenCoach
      Originally Posted by Pisaka View Post

      It depends upon your physiological needs. I have learned one perfect rule: "Always consider the needs of your organism". If it asks you to water the mouth that means you go and drink, if it asks you to sleep one more hour that means it really needs this. Sometimes you cannot even explain your desires, but your body understands everything.
      I love this! The body has a wisdom if we are willing to listen. We can trust our body to tell us the truth. The problem is that we don't listen, don't trust and habitually override the body's voice of wisdom. Culture and advertisement bombardment continually reinforce the message that we cannot trust our body wisdom.

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  • Profile picture of the author Xmas
    I like to sleep 6-7 hours a night and then a 1 hour power nap in the early afternoon.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillQuick
      Originally Posted by Xmas View Post

      I like to sleep 6-7 hours a night and then a 1 hour power nap in the early afternoon.
      MASSIVE +1.

      In an ideal scenario I'll sleep for 5 or 6 hours a night and then have a kip in front of the telly for 30 - 60 minutes in the afternoon. I think napping is a really, really great tool to stay focused, and really cheers me up.
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      • Profile picture of the author nedox
        As one great man said: "Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool." by Napoleon Bonaparte.
        I try to stick to his 6 hour rule
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  • Profile picture of the author phpbbxpert
    I average 4-5 hours and usually end up crashing for a good 10 hours or so about once a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author lduan2009
    Most people need 7-10 hours sleep, and it's really up to yourself. Personally, if I had something needs to be done in mind, I always wanted to finish it and did not feel tired at all when I was doing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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      The amount of sleep depends a lot base on your age and health condition as well as general body. It varies from person to person but the average is about 7-8 hours I believe.

      I personally get about 5-7 hours lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Optimist Cam
    Eight hours sleep is usually enough for most people but everyone is different so you might need much more or less. I usually need 10 hours sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jetmir
    I personally sleep about 4-5 hours, although I sometimes think it's not enough for me. The more you're tired the more you may need time sleeping I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Oh thought I would add, I don't know about everyone else, but sometimes I feel more tired if I get too much sleep. I think I've heard of other people experiencing it. So it's just as important not to oversleep as it is to get enough sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author JakeRhodes
    It depends on the person really. Some people can function very well on four hours sleep, while others need a good ten hours.

    There's a number of self-help/improvement "gurus" who advocate only sleeping three or four hours a day so that you have more time to work, however if you feel like a zombie for the entire day because you haven't gotten enough sleep and therefore aren't very productive, what's the point?

    Find what works best for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author prahna1
      YOu can sleep less at night, but you'll probably need a nap in the middle of the day. Or get that 5 hour energy drink lol.

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  • Profile picture of the author solvision
    Most scientific studies state 6-8hrs these days. Very important parts of the human body & mind occur during sleep, so make sure you are getting what you need. Jump online and take a sleep profile test for a little indication.

    That being said, while i was at university, and didnt really need to be up until lunch time to go to class in the afternoon, i typically slept 4am-10/11am.

    Nowadays by business gets me up at 8am. Regardless of whether i go to bed at 11pm or 4am, i still get up at 8am. This has gone on for 3yrs now. I never planned on being someone who woke up that early, but now i wake up then even on my weekends/days off when i have nothing to do.

    The BIGGEST factor i feel in getting up is this; "Does you subconscious have a driving force to wake you up?" Is there a big enough reason to wake you up at 5am. Just wanting to cause you think you should is not sufficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thai
    Every one has a different need but generally 6-8 hours..... the key thing here is to have enough sleep so that your day will be productive!! No point sleeping 5 hours thinking that you have extra 3 hours but ended up being not effective the next whole day due to tiredness
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      Thanks for all your responses.I sleep for 7-8 hours daily and trying to cut down on it and would like to have a sleep time of 5 hours. but do not know how to achieve it?
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      • Profile picture of the author BrittyBritt
        Originally Posted by ucajack View Post

        Thanks for all your responses.I sleep for 7-8 hours daily and trying to cut down on it and would like to have a sleep time of 5 hours. but do not know how to achieve it?
        Honestly, I wouldn't even try. 7 -8 hours of sleep, is the recommended amount of sleep. If that's the amount of sleep that you're getting,then your body knows what's best for you.

        To try and change that just so you can gain 2 hours is not worth it health wise.

        However,I am not a doctor lol.

        But I do know where you're coming from, I would love to shorten the amount of sleep I need without any harmful effects. Unfortunately, I need like 12 hours of sleep :p lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
        Originally Posted by ucajack View Post

        Thanks for all your responses.I sleep for 7-8 hours daily and trying to cut down on it and would like to have a sleep time of 5 hours. but do not know how to achieve it?
        Personally I don't think I would ever be able to cut down from 7-8 hours to just 5. I understand why you want to try getting less though. My advice would be firstly to establish a strong routine (go to bed at the same time every night), and try to wake up maybe 15 minutes earlier for a few days, and take it from there. See how much you can do before you start to feel tired in the day and find it's not worth it. But going straight from 7-8 to just 5 is bound to make you sleepy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Soumitra
    I can't remain awake after 11-11.15 pm.
    But wake up at 6 am.

    Best time to do concentrated - focussed work.

    Sleep - 6-7 hours : More than sufficient
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  • Profile picture of the author MargaretC
    I sleep a ghastly 9 hours and always get sick if I don't get at least 6.

    Sleep isn't something to mess around with. If you truly feel well-rested with 5 hours (and aren't just sucking down caffeine and living off stress hormones) then go for it. Usually it's the youngsters that think it's okay. But many diseases begin with lack of sleep and only show up later in life.

    Your body is not built to keep this up for long. The hormones that are produced to "keep you going" and the substances like caffeine that trick it are dangerous to your health. While you feel fine your body is slowly being attacked by substances produced when you are stressed. And yes, lack of sleep is stress. Being excited and happy and "pumped up" is stress. I like the idea of 8 hours of sleep and a day of total rest. But alas, some people just can't manage it.

    I took care of those people for 35 years. Helped them walk, bathe, eat, gave them pills dressed their heart surgery wounds. All I'm saying is, don't think no sleep is a status symbol or is being tough. Be kind to yourself, relax, and enjoy a good night's sleep.

    Okay, now all you people who don't sleep a lot can throw rocks at me.
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  • Profile picture of the author shess
    It varies so much from person to person. I can do fine on 6 hours consistently. Rarely do I sleep much more than that, even if I think I want to.

    I also think the healthier you are, eating right, exercise, and vitamins, all help cut down on the amount of sleep your body feels it needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author dzinerfusion
    I read an article that people need at least 9 hours of sleep! Dam, I usually am getting only 5-7 hours. Gotta get in bed earlier too
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  • Profile picture of the author Ivan Hutchins
    I think the a healthy person could take sleep about 7-8 hours. I personally sleep about 4-5 hours, and sometimes I think that it's not enough for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mimius
    I think hitting bed earlier is more important than long sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enrico
    I only need 5 hours of sleep and I'm good to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    Researchers say that atleast 5 to 6 hours of Deep relaxed sleep is enough to rejunuvate and give freshness to the whole body to function actively throughtout the day
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Murphy
      I'm sure it varies person to person. I snuck by on about 5 hrs per night for a while and it was rough.

      Turns out I need about 7 per night and if I try to "Catch up" by sleeping long...bad things happen (headaches etc.)

      You just have to find your sweet spot.

      Have a set time that you go to bed and get up. Even on the weekends. Many people use the weekends to stay up late and sleep in and it just does bad things to them in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    While spending a summer in Germany, I met a Biology/Chemistry teacher at the Gymnasium. He owned a 15,000-volume library (all of which he had read); in a home he designed and built himself (which was gorgeous); and had a 1000-bottle wine cellar (from which he brought a $450 bottle of wine to share with me one night).
    I asked him how he had read all 15,000 books. He said, "I only sleep 3-4 hours per night."
    I asked, "What IS The Secret for THAT?"
    He said, "I eat a lot of bread and cheese. And lots and lots of red wine."
    Personally, if I don't 8 hours, I get ugly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
      Originally Posted by sparkie2260 View Post

      He said, "I eat a lot of bread and cheese. And lots and lots of red wine."
      Lol red wine tends to have the opposite effect on me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Writing Block
    I usually get by with about 3-5 hours (with a few 15-minute power naps throughout the day). Totals to an average of about 5 hours of a day.

    I've heard that most people have brainway activities that go in a pattern. If you can wake up after increments of 3 hours (6,9,12 if you NEED that much), you may have an easier time waking up.

    But really it's all about the person.... Sorry I can't give more precise info about that >.<
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  • Profile picture of the author fantasyzer
    Have you seen the movie "Inception" ?? It is fiction off course, but research has proven that in a certain stage of your sleep cycle you have massive brain activity. I think you it's best to sleep in until you wake up by yourself. Definitely when you are a publisher who needs inspiration to write things!
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    • Profile picture of the author RuiGomes
      Originally Posted by fantasyzer View Post

      Have you seen the movie "Inception" ?? It is fiction off course, but research has proven that in a certain stage of your sleep cycle you have massive brain activity. I think you it's best to sleep in until you wake up by yourself. Definitely when you are a publisher who needs inspiration to write things!
      Well, sleeping cycles really depend on person to person, but if I did like you said, I think that I would sleep 12+ hours every day :p

      I stick to my 8 daily hours, with some occasional nights that I sleep less to complete due tasks, and I don't feel like I need more.

      However, I think that if I started to sleep 6 hours everyday for 1 month or so, I would get used to it and not feel tired. I've never tried it, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealth_warrior
    for me, the quality of sleep is more important than quantity.
    i usually sleep at 11 or 12 PM and wake-up at 6-7 AM
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    • Profile picture of the author RuiGomes
      Originally Posted by stealth_warrior View Post

      for me, the quality of sleep is more important than quantity.
      i usually sleep at 11 or 12 PM and wake-up at 6-7 AM
      Yes, the quality is important, that's why I mentioned the "used to" situation.

      If your body is used to sleep 5 hours a day, then it will make sure that those 5 hours are all quality sleeping, so you get the most out of it.

      I'm not any health expert, just my average Joe opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author miawallace
    I used to thrive on 4-5 hours of sleep but recently I had to force myself to get more sleep. Now I make sure I get around 8 hours and I catch naps whenever I can. I realized I was sleep deprived and trying to make up for it with caffeine, and it just wasn't working anymore. I saw a huge difference instantly.
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  • Profile picture of the author findall
    i usually sleep 8 to 10 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author teetime
    I always go to bed at 11 pm and get up 7 am in the morning.Besides i will take afternoon nap about half an hour.I think it is enough for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saluki Guy
    I personally think that around when 6 to 7 hours of sleep for me a night is just enough. Any less and I'm not rested enough and any more and I still sluggish.
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  • Profile picture of the author VyctorB_10
    your body needs at least 6 fully uninterrrupted hours, 8 is plenty, but at least 6 is enough... and power naps in between is very alkalizing and refreshingly energizing for the mind & body alike!



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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    6 is good enough but lately my sleeping schedule has been super crazy. I only get 3 - 4 hours most a day o_O
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    • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
      One thing I'll point out is that the amount of sleep you need can change as well. When I was little my dad only got about 6 hours a night, and he was fine. Now he obviously needs a lot more, especially since he just went through a battle with cancer. What you need one year may change the next, and this is something you need to plan for.

      I have weird insomnia problems, and some nights I can get 6 hours of good sleep and feel great. Other nights I have to get 9 or 10 just to feel like I actually got any sleep! I've been experimenting with natural sleep aides and haven't come to any conclusions yet either.

      Getting the right amount of sleep is a tricky balance, and the balance changes over time too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Phillips Pierce
        Originally Posted by LindseyRainwater View Post

        One thing I'll point out is that the amount of sleep you need can change as well. When I was little my dad only got about 6 hours a night, and he was fine. Now he obviously needs a lot more, especially since he just went through a battle with cancer. What you need one year may change the next, and this is something you need to plan for.

        I have weird insomnia problems, and some nights I can get 6 hours of good sleep and feel great. Other nights I have to get 9 or 10 just to feel like I actually got any sleep! I've been experimenting with natural sleep aides and haven't come to any conclusions yet either.

        Getting the right amount of sleep is a tricky balance, and the balance changes over time too.
        Do some research on 5-htp. It may help with your sleep quality (on average it increases deep sleep by 25% during the same time frame). It's a fairly serious supplement though so do your research on it before trying it out. Iherb is a good place to find supplements at low prices (not affiliated)
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      I really envy those people and i know quite a few of them who are fine with less sleep and are quite productive with out getting tired. But then to each its own.
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  • Profile picture of the author slk
    I sleep about 6 hours a night and I love a good nap too!
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    • Profile picture of the author jamescoa
      I usually take 7 hours sleep daily. I'd like to take 5 or 6 hours sleep, but I usually get bad shape when I do that.
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      • Profile picture of the author nucleus
        One measure of your sleep quantity is your belly. Insufficient sleep is associated with higher levels of insulin and body fat.

        Bottom line: If you are not running on REST and RECOVERY you are running on STRESS HORMONES. Get the right amount of sleep for you, typically 6-10 hours per day. Once you are over 50, 4-8 hours may be adequate.

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  • Profile picture of the author corinnek
    I agree that you can't get anything done, or done well, if you are too tired.

    I don't think there is a magic number for sleep. I know people that can get by with 3 hours a night. Me, I can't fundtion with that little sleep. I need 6-7 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author bakancs
    I never sleep more than 6 hours.. And it's enough for me..
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  • Profile picture of the author 2d0k
    6 hours is enough for me.. Trying to condition myself with sleeping 4-5 hours..
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  • Profile picture of the author North Star
    I usually work from 6.30am till 9pm - unless a client has an urgent request... which frequently happens!

    The amount of sleep is dependent on the person and similar to marketing principles you have to weigh up the quantity vs. quality factor... you might work less than others but the quality will be much better.
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  • Profile picture of the author WilliamBerg
    4 hours is best for me but unfortuntely I usually sleep more which makes me more tired. Less than that does not work in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phillips Pierce
    Sleep time is pretty irrelevant. I know most will say 7-9 hours is ideal, but that's really just an arbitrary number and doesn't take into account the most important aspect of sleep: SLEEP QUALITY.

    As a matter of fact, people who practice meditation at a higher level (think Buddhist monks, Zen practitioners, etc) sleep on average about 4 hours a day. However most of them have cognitive abilities (in terms of brain activity) and physical stamina and restedness that is far beyond the average persons who sleeps 8 hours a day.

    Work on your sleep QUALITY and you will be able to sleep 6 hours a day and still feel far greater energy than when you were poorly sleeping 8 hours a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Optimus Lime
    7 to 8 hours is ideal for me. Less and I'm tired. More and I'm tired. lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Jones
    6-8 hours should do it for most people. It all depends on the quality of your sleep patters though. If you're being kept from deep sleep by stress, noise, pain etc your REM sleep can be cut in half or more and you'll wake up tired. You need to be able to sleep deeply and effectively to get away with 5-6 hours and be ok. Otherwise you'll need 8 or more
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  • Profile picture of the author Aryan
    As per wikipedia:

    Age and condition Average amount of sleep per day
    Newborn up to 18 hours
    1–12 months 14–18 hours
    1–3 years 12–15 hours
    3–5 years 11–13 hours
    5–12 years 9–11 hours
    Adolescents 9–10 hours[29]
    Adults, including elderly 7–8(+) hours
    Pregnant women 8(+) hours
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    • Profile picture of the author Optimus Lime
      Originally Posted by Aryan View Post

      As per wikipedia:

      Age and condition Average amount of sleep per day
      Newborn up to 18 hours
      1-12 months 14-18 hours
      1-3 years 12-15 hours
      3-5 years 11-13 hours
      5-12 years 9-11 hours
      Adolescents 9-10 hours[29]
      Adults, including elderly 7-8(+) hours
      Pregnant women 8(+) hours
      Interesting, thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    Our natural sleep cycles have been disturbed by fake light and alarm clocks. Our natural sleep habit (from genetics) is to go to bed when it gets dark and to wake up when the sun comes up. Our pineal gland, and it's hormone, melatonin, regulate our sleep cycles naturally. The optimal amount of sleep should differ from summer to winter when the days are longer and shorter, respectively.

    In the long run, staying up past dark and using alarm clocks may and probably does have long term effects on our health. Yes, some people can get by on 2-5 hours a sleep at night, but this is not optimal for anyone. There are some many bodily processes and hormones that are regulated by the sleep-wake cycle that cannot be caught up by "catching up on sleep".

    If you are interested in learning more about sleep cycles and human's optimal sleep times and how diet and sleep affects your overall energy and longevity, I recommend reading Amazon.com: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and...Amazon.com: Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and... .
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb D Miller
    If no one has recommended it yet, read "I can make you sleep, by Paul Mckenna"

    It's a super duper short read and it has a lot of great sleep info and techniques. Helped me a lot!
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    • Profile picture of the author Optimus Lime
      Originally Posted by cdmiller87 View Post

      If no one has recommended it yet, read "I can make you sleep, by Paul Mckenna"

      It's a super duper short read and it has a lot of great sleep info and techniques. Helped me a lot!
      I saw that book and was wondering if it was worth it, thanks for the input :O
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Buckley
    7-8(@weekends) 5 on weekdays For me But i tend to get up VERY early to start the day around 5-5.30 to get started on IM Then getting organised for school @ 7.30 or 8 and Then Back Home at 4! I Have an Addiction to internet marketing now even though i might be going no Where xD
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    Do hard work
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Everyone is different. I posted before. But inspired by the idea, I've been experimenting with some ideas. I am doing fine on 5 hours/night since then. I'm finding that my daily routine (my morning "wake-up routine" of coffee, devotions, exerciese, reading and planning) is what makes the difference.
    And now I have 3 more hours per day, every day.
    No re-examining my hobbies before committing that new three hours to a new routine of rituals. (But the fine cigar and single-malt scotch every day at 3pm has been awesome. Thinking that ritual may stick.) ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Optimus Lime
    Everyone is definitely different. You'll probably need different amounts of sleep depending on what you do that day as well. If you chill all day at home you will probably need less than if you worked all day then went to the gym and lifted weights for 3 hours.

    Also I heard somewhere that you only feel as tired or energetic as how much sleep you got 2 nights before. Seems to be true. Can't back this up with facts though.
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      yes indeed right. your sleep is also dependent on how much physical work you did. but one thing i fail to understand is it possible to work out for 3 hours at gym.
      I also go to gym but do my strength training for about 45 minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Crog
    I usually try for six hours. I feel a little sleepy, but more alert than when I get 8 or more.

    Edison was said to not sleep very much at all, but was known to curl up and take cat naps when he felt the need. His lab people who kept to a normal schedule could not keep pace with him.

    I've read many people who suggested that a 15 to 30 minute snooze break during the day will energize you for the remainder of the day.

    On the other hand, not enought REM (deepest) sleep will prevent you from processing the days events and producing that "masterpiece" your working on.

    So, there is no magic number of hours.

    P.S. My favorite way of resetting my clock is to not slleep one night and then go to
    bed when I want to set my new bed time. for a 6 hour sleep and up at 6 a.m., i
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    • Profile picture of the author Enrico
      Originally Posted by The Crog View Post

      I've read many people who suggested that a 15 to 30 minute snooze break during the day will energize you for the remainder of the day.
      The miracle of napping! I take naps everyday if my schedule permits and I feel rejuvenated when I wake up. It also helps during reading/studying my concentration happens to drop. I find it helps my thoughts to flow more freely.

      I advise everyone to try it!
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  • Profile picture of the author theforexgeek
    8 Hours is the bog standard - I think it depends what you did before you slept :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author gamefreak
      7 - 8 hours, I guess. I feel I had more than enough after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneE
    I don't know how much sleep is enough, but it is NOT the amount I'll get tonight. One of the beauties of my day job is that often I can finish in under 8 hours and have time for MY business. But, every now and then, and tonight is one of those nights.... the opposite happens and I get bitten in the butt by a hard deadline for the day job ... which is a lot less fun than a hard deadline for a pursuit of your own. Ah well... there is always tomorrow... oh, except that tomorrow is already today.

    Guess my lack of sleep is showing huh.... well back to real job, I was taking a break.
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  • Profile picture of the author papacuppa
    When I was employee who hated his job I slept 8 hours a night and always felt tired...what does that tell you? #2

    This is a beautiful point and so true! I think it lies in harmony with your sense of purpose. The human brain is incredibly plastic. For example, when I was younger I got two temp jobs at christmas -- for december. I was working at Phones 4 U in the day time, and Sainsburys at night, and I had worked it so that I'd never be doing one straight after the other.

    Or so I thought...

    Mid-way through december I noticed a clash on my dates so, on principle, I decided to endure my way though 48 hours of work with little naps in between. Now while I was tired the second night at sainsburies (because I was shelf stacking!) as long as I was 'up and running' I was fine. It was when I stopped, that tiredness crept in.

    I also knew that this would be a one off experience and would probably set a precedent for me that would later result in an achievement that I wouldnt have otherwise achieved
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  • Profile picture of the author slk
    No matter what time I go to bed, my internal alarm clock goes off at 5:30 to 6 am. I usually like 5 to 6 hours is enough. When I sleep to long, then I wake up cranky or tired.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Like a lot of other people have said, I think it depends on the person.

    I like the idea of staying up late working and do it fairly often, but my productivity definitely goes down fast after about 10-11pm.

    Lately I've been getting about 5-6 hours a night with a 45min-1 hour nap in the afternoon
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  • I do not know whether this is scientifically confirmed, but I think that the amount of sleep depends on the organism and from person to person. Therefore, I think it is best to experiment with different sleep times and find most comfortable...
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  • Profile picture of the author alanaj
    Enough doesn't always mean a specific amount of hours. As long your body feels rested and your mind feels refreshed
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  • Profile picture of the author bodyt
    If you don't get enough sleep you will gain weight. There is a chemical that is released in the body, usually between hours 6 to 7 of sleep. This chemical will help you determine when you feel full through out the day.

    If you don't get enough sleep, the chemical isn't released and you end up eating lots more.

    So if you don't want to gain weight, try and sleep at least 7 hours. If you are sleepy during the day or while driving, you probably need to sleep more.
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    • Profile picture of the author gfsocial
      I agree with some other posters here... when i was employed i was always tired and sluggish... no matter how much sleep i got.. or 'hard work' i did

      self employed and i sleep less.. sleep better and deeper.. and am not as tired all the time...

      i really dont think that is a coincidence ..
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  • Profile picture of the author sim4
    I average 4-5 hours nightly when the effect of my shot sleep have not catch up on me but respond to my body when it demand it seriously o maintain my health. so it absoluely depend on your body.

    sometimes, i go 2 days without sleeping when there is a project or a goal to achieve or a deadline to keep to and sleep long hours after o just reading sometime.

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    • Profile picture of the author fxprofitmountain
      Unfortunately, most people (with electricity) do not get enough sleep. Having said that, there are some caveats.

      1. Your sleep requirements, and the amount of time you spend in REM sleep, declines from the day you are born.

      Thus, as you age you do not "need" as much sleep as you did when you were younger.

      2. REM sleep is critical. Everybody needs this sleep, and this sleep will only be achieved if you sleep for at least 90 minutes. (Discounting those circumstances when someone is incredibly sleep deprived, these times are the exception, not the rule.)

      3. We should sleep more in winter (when there is less daylight) and less in summer (when there is more daylight). Unfortunately, with the advent of electricity and the "perpetual summer" we have inadvertently created an endless summer for our bodies. This is bad.

      Sleep deprivation is associated with bad things such as heart disease, strokes and even depression.

      4. Exercise (vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes) will help you to maintain a "normal" sleep schedule. However, as you age this will have a decreasing influence on your sleep schedule.

      5. Embrace Sleep! Particularly the hypnogogic and hypnopompic stages (look them up), as these are the times when many many inventors and entrepeneurs come up with their very best ideas. A notepad & pen near your bed is a great way to catch these ideas.

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  • Profile picture of the author nikysoya
    at least you must sleep upto 6 hr
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  • Profile picture of the author mavericace
    I think it depends on your age.
    The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no "magic number." Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life. In fact, a 2005 study confirmed the fact that sleep needs vary across populations, and the study calls for further research to identify traits within genes that may provide a "map" to explain how sleep needs differ among individua
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  • Profile picture of the author manzarr
    i think 6 or 7 hours enough

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  • Profile picture of the author DianeBrandt
    5 to 8 hours at the minimum.
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  • Profile picture of the author dwave
    We really don't need to sleep. Sleep is basically the soul taking a break from the stress of our bodies. The ultimate creator built us to live forever and never need sleep, but we have figured out ways to corrupt our bodies and mind. I myself need to sleep cause I'm trying to get my body use to this new way of life.

    Now let's flip the script and talk about NOW! Since we are not highly evolved humans yet, and we are growing I believe that the body needs at least 7 hours of sleep. As in having time for work and life I believe most folks use excuses. You don't need to work 24/7 on your business. If you read Tim ferris 4 hour work week you can see that you never need to work that many hours. The problem is folks don't want to let there baby walk, and they think there business needs them or it fails. Sorry but if you implement the proper systems your biz will do fine. So make sure your body does get it's proper rest for now at least. Much Love.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Vizier
    I usually need around 7-8 hours sleep. But it varies. If a good idea strikes me and I feel motivated, I can go for a few days with 5 hours sleep on pure enthusiasm alone. On bad days when I can't solve or handle certain problems I might need 9-10 hours of sleep. I try to get the average hours of sleep I need and adapt as the need arises otherwise.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I usually sleep for about 5 hours daily. It has become a habit. If I wake up later than that I will feel so bad and restless throughout the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author bannersignsexpress
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    I only sleep 6 - 7 hours a day ever since I was little. I love waking up early knowing how much I can get done today. Read an article while back that studies say people who sleep 5 - 7 hours live longer while people who sleep over 8 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Drago
    Its not the length of time you sleep that matters its how relax you are when you sleep that's counts the most...


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  • Profile picture of the author rockstaradi
    A sound sleep of 6-7 hours will do.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    I sleep between 9-10 hours a night but you can easily cope with 6-7 hours a night,I'm
    just a little lazy these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author rbates
    Every person is different. There are those rare individuals that get almost no sleep. Studies suggest 7-8 hours. I find that 6-7 works for me. Teens brains are still forming that is why they sleep for days on end.

    As far as getting up early, you can always get to bed a little earlier. I know that family time is important, but so is your health and efficiency.
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  • Profile picture of the author ianbong
    Wanna know how much sleep you need? Easy.

    Pick a day when you don't have to do anything or wake up early, like the weekend. Don't set the alarm. Before sleeping, don't do any intensive things that require brainpower. Take note of the time before getting into bed, and remember it.

    Sleep until you first gain consciousness, i.e. the first moment that you wake up from that deep slumber. Quickly take note of the time.

    The difference will be the exact number of hours your body will need for optimal conditioning. Try it!
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    • Profile picture of the author simdimes
      I rarely have more than 5 hours a night between the point and my family life. I did this for a while time that I used to and do quite a few sleep. They are also quite healthy and a good immune system. They are suitable to run their business, which I think will keep me healthy.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimesmark
      I have rarely more than 5 hours per night between my company and my family. I did this for some time now that I am used to it and the major function of little sleep. I am also very healthy and have a good immune system. I am very motivated by my company that I believe keeps me healthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikey22
    I try to get 8 hours, if i get less than that then after a few days i feel tired. always depends on the person though.

    And if you have a job/life you dont enjoy, why would you want to get up?
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  • Profile picture of the author JAlexander
    I think the number is at least 6 hours a night to keep you going without you going crazy and yawning all day. It is really up to your conditioning of what you are used to. For the past decade I've been able to go to bed at midnight an wake up (via alarm clock) at 6:30-7ish. I am not a Morning person and would rather get in 10 hours which never happens. Funny, my son comes in and says, "Dad the sun is up so you have to get up!". I can only grin and try not to roll over.

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  • Profile picture of the author jonathan8
    8 hours sleep is enough, make sure to take 20 minutes nap and you will be awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Nauman K
    Hmm I sleep 5 hours but I wish I could sleep more...
    I think atleast 6 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandycmy
    I just hate to awake up over a Alarm.

    I just sleep till I feel good to take on the day

    usually it's 7 to 8 hours, on a day of more physical work -- up to 9 hours.
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  • I like the words of Jim Rohn, make rest a necessity, not a goal.

    I think it boils down to something along these lines... if you're not rested you need more sleep. If you're a diligent worker and still not getting what you know you need to get done, you probably need less sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    sometimes when I oversleep I'm more tired then when I undersleep, but a good amount of daily sleep should be around 6-7 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author calyp5o
    is sleep can effect to our success?? :confused::confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author mahdiyah
    we need 7-8 hours of sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author Niche_Boy
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    8 hours of sleep a night, maybe more depending on if im sick or hungover.
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  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    The bottomline here is not the number of hours. Each person has their own respective sleeping patterns. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. A person's sleeping pattern depends on their immune system. It doesn't matter how many hours you sleep as long as you stay healthy and fit.
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  • Profile picture of the author wickedsubmit
    6 to 8 hour sleep enough for me..
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    7 hours. Well, if you want to decrease then I think you've to work out on other factors like diet and how you control stress. And, see how you feel by having 5-6 hours sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrdomains
      Different people will need different amounts of sleep. Also depends on what you do during your day. If you work in a shipyard hauling iron all day you will probably need more than the average office worker.

      Most people do get the sleep they need, and then some. Those who continually sleep over and canĀ“t get up at once, often lack the determination to do so. Simple. All it takes is discipline.
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  • Profile picture of the author helenaldin
    I'm with Scott and Ruth - 7 hours is a good amount of sleep to get. I use to complain about getting up early until I started going to be earlier too.

    Any garbage TV show I missed by getting to bed sooner I made up for in the extra work I could get done the next morning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucas Adamski
    I found that diet can have a big effect on how much you sleep you need. Become a raw foodist I now need 7-7.5 hours, before I needed 9-10, even 11hours to feel good during the day. What you eat can have a dramatic effect on how much sleep you'll need. Also the time you sleep pays an important factor.
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  • Profile picture of the author webspider20
    I used to work a rather tough job which would require me up at 4a.m. and for about 3 years I would sleep from 12-4 and that was it. I got used to it so now getting 4-5 hours of sleep is enough for me and when I get 7-8 hours I feel tired all day long.
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    • Profile picture of the author emini_guy
      Originally Posted by webspider20 View Post

      I used to work a rather tough job which would require me up at 4a.m. and for about 3 years I would sleep from 12-4 and that was it. I got used to it so now getting 4-5 hours of sleep is enough for me and when I get 7-8 hours I feel tired all day long.
      That is so true. Sleeping too long can have a negative effect on your alertness and mood too. I don't think you can really get tired this way, more like mentally, and perhaps also physically, lazy.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
        I love to sleep!

        In fact, I once tried a sleep-a-thon and slept for 2.5 days in a row.

        But really... don't try it, you'll feel like a dead zombie for the rest of the week!
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  • Profile picture of the author JesseT
    For me it's not the hours of sleep, but how long I can stay asleep at a time. I have a bad habbit of laying in bed/waking up in the middle of the night with an idea and sending out an email. So where as I might be in bed for 7-9 hours probably only 6 of it is from sleep. It's rare I get a deep sleep anymore and I can feel it in my body. It's no fun!
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    • Profile picture of the author MaxBounty
      Originally Posted by JesseT View Post

      For me it's not the hours of sleep, but how long I can stay asleep at a time. I have a bad habbit of laying in bed/waking up in the middle of the night with an idea and sending out an email. So where as I might be in bed for 7-9 hours probably only 6 of it is from sleep. It's rare I get a deep sleep anymore and I can feel it in my body. It's no fun!
      It's like I wrote this post.

      I feel best when I get between 6-8 hours of sleep. I am in bed for about 8 hours and sleep around 5. If I sleep from 9-2 straight it's a great night. Usually I wake up three times for around an hour each.

      Beware the sleep aid (either natural or chemical) - the insomnia that returns after you take a sleep aid is usually worse than your initial problem (google "rebound insomnia").
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
    For me normally I need 8 hours sleep. It just a self discipline. If you really want to do it then you can achieve it. That's the normal/healthy sleep of a person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bulldog2010
    When your body is at its peak you dont even need an alrm clock. About six hours of restfull sleep is more than enough. KEY WORD...RESTFULL !! This means no falling asleep to T.V and clearing your mind before bed. Relaxing music or meditation often works well. It is so often NOT the amount of sleep we get as is the QUALITY of sleepthat matters. Good Luck !
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  • Profile picture of the author twentyone
    Sometimes i get 5hrs maximum sleep a day and that's enough for me.
    But a proper healthy sleep should be 8-10 hours of sleep a day.
    Depends on the age but for a busy person like me 5hours is always healthy enough.
    At least you can have a proper rest for your body to recover from a stressful day.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I think it's more of a psychological thing for me.

    If I know if have to get up early for work/school/appointment, I wake up like crap no matter what. I've gone to bed as early as 8pm and still woke up like crap at 6am.

    Over the weekends when I know I don't have to get up early or if I'm super excited for something the next morning (plane trips, travels, etc), I wake up great. I've gone to bed at 4am and got up great at 7am feeling motivated to go on a trip.

    I tend to sleep 6-7 hours on work days and 9-10 hours on weekends. I guess I would say an absolute minimum of 6 hours and my priorities affect whether I get up great or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author jigsneth
    I'm missing a lot of sleep. last night I sleep very late.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    i think it is very personal how much sleep you need .I personal sleep too much

    I can sleep 11hrs or 13 hours if i am permitted

    I think 5 hrs sleep is healthy . I now sleep 5-7 hours a day

    You need to find out what is good for you

    Is better to have a power nap in the afternoon ?

    or does sleeping early at night make you more productive ?
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  • Profile picture of the author andy rodick
    i usually 5 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author Osahon Urubusi
    Personally, I suspect the amount of sleep needed depends on programming of our minds.

    Here's the reason: A scientist had workmen in a lab/workshop where they couldn't tell if it was day or night and they had no watches. He found they only averaged about 4hrs sleep each and churned work normally. I believe this was Benjamin Franklin...His quote was" there will be enough sleeping in the grave"

    I guess this couldn't be repeated today with Human rights laws and all that.

    I find when i'm working out regularly and keep busy, I usually don't need more than 4hrs of sleep . During these times I do not need an alarm clock.I wake alert and ready to go. However, when I don't workout I tend to feel tired more. I guess there's a connection there.
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  • Profile picture of the author ilikecake
    I agree with a few people here.

    If I have a focused day and have it planned I need very little sleep as the determination and focus some how just seems to keep you alert from the word go.

    If how ever I wake up on the odd occasion where nothing is planned (happens once every now and again on Sundays) Im very de motivated and almost lazy!

    I love what I do so can get by on very little sleep, If I didnt maybe this would change?
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  • Profile picture of the author surzygyy
    I heard that 6 hours is fine, but I think it depends on person, for me it is 8 hours no less.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Gram
    A good old rule says till when you wake up by yourself in the morning without any alarm clock that is the amount of hours you need.

    But in order to live by this you need to keep a healthy diet with everything your body need.

    If you get up to later you have to go to bed earlier.

    Pretty much your body tells you everything it is just up to you to be able to listen to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author KingOfMusic
    Past few weeks I've been sleeping at latest 7am, and now it's 4.03am and usually just learning IM and deciding what to do later that same day. I wake up latest at 5pm lol. I hate waking in the early morning, just a very bad biological time that I've never liked...
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  • Profile picture of the author OO
    well according to time magazine: "Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don't live quite as long."
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I'm not an expert on the science of sleep but I think 7 hours is optimal.

    There are a number of problems linked with sleeping less such as weight control and other health issues. Cardiovascular disease being a major one.

    One study showed that people who consistently slept only five hours a night at a mortality rate 1.7 times higher than people who slept seven hours.

    I am also interested though in the idea of polyphasic sleep schedules though. Everytime I used wordpress I think about how matt mullenweg used it and the kind of freedom not being tied to sleep would give you.

    If you are unaware of what polyphasic sleep is, it the practice of sleeping in naps mutlitple times during the day rather than in a solid block of sleep as is the normal practice. This can reduce total sleep time to as little as a couple of hours a day.

    See the wikipedia reference here

    Polyphasic sleep - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    and Steve Pavlina (personal development blogger) own sleep diary here:

    Polyphasic Sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author williamstraus
    I was in between day jobs for a while. It was pretty bad but the great thing was that I stopped drinking caffeine and started sleeping naturally.

    I'd go to bed with no reading materials, laptop etc. I'd keep my room 100% dark - no light in (this produces more melatonin release in your system) and then I'd fall asleep.

    I'd wake up when I was awake.

    I'd take a nap every now and again in place of coffee.

    Within a week I was only sleeping 7hrs at night and feeling great. No coffee, no sugar drinks to amp me up.

    Now I'm back to 9-5 and my sleep is off again!
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  • Profile picture of the author solado
    I hate sleep, its a waste of time and life. I try do strategic sleeping mainly in the week days where i sleep for 4-5 hours, then sleep for 9 hours on a single weekend day.

    Its down to how people view it, yes our bodies need sleep to recharge and heal, but time wasted is to precious to allow.

    My mentality is:
    4 hours x 6 days + 9 hours = 33 hours per week (give or take an hour)
    So 33 hours sleep a week as opposed to.
    8 hours x 7 days = 56 hours per week.

    I gain 23 hours (almost a full day back) thats 52 days a year i get back of my life in essance... what would you do with 52 days ?
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    • Profile picture of the author KingOfMusic
      I read somewhere that consistency is the key. Sleeping 7 hours always rather than 3 hours on 1 day and 9 hours the next.


      Originally Posted by solado View Post

      I hate sleep, its a waste of time and life. I try do strategic sleeping mainly in the week days where i sleep for 4-5 hours, then sleep for 9 hours on a single weekend day.

      Its down to how people view it, yes our bodies need sleep to recharge and heal, but time wasted is to precious to allow.

      My mentality is:
      4 hours x 6 days + 9 hours = 33 hours per week (give or take an hour)
      So 33 hours sleep a week as opposed to.
      8 hours x 7 days = 56 hours per week.

      I gain 23 hours (almost a full day back) thats 52 days a year i get back of my life in essance... what would you do with 52 days ?
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  • Profile picture of the author emilydesozamy
    I think 6 hour are enough for anyone to remain fit physically,mentally and scientifically as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author AngieDixon
    You know, this is an interesting question. I think it not only depends on your body as to how much sleep you need, but sometimes that varies. I just went through a period of sleeping only four hours a night because I couldn't sleep. Some days I was exhausted, some days I was fine. I think enough sleep is determined by feeling rested.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadia712
    As other people have mentioned, the amount of sleep you need isn't necessarily the same as what someone else might need. The range is massive, so finding out what others need might not be super helpful in terms of finding out what you need to function well.

    If you're trying to achieve a certain wake-up time for productivity reasons, you might want to try forcing yourself out of bed at the time you'd like to wake up one morning (e.g. 5:30AM) and simply going to sleep when you're tired that night - even if it's at 8PM or so. Rinse and repeat nightly, but make sure you always, always get up at the same time, even if the times you go to sleep differ a lot each night.

    Here's an article that outlines the reasoning behind this more comprehensively: How to Become an Early Riser

    I love Steve Pavlina's stuff. However, word of warning: his site is a labyrinth - tons of awesome material that can and has sucked me in for hours on end. Watch out if you've got anything productive planned! ;-)

    Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Saito
    Draining yourself on little sleep does NOT work consistently...maybe once per quarter on a tight project timeline or something. I think that it's harder to take the time and effort to go to bed early and get enough sleep. The hardest part of getting enough sleep is getting to bed at the right time.

    Ideally, I'd get up at 6:00 sharp but the problem is getting to bed at 10:00-10:30pm to get 8 hours. Who's going to do that? I just can't seem to do it. So I sleep from 11-11:30 to 7:00-7:30.

    There's some $99 machine and app thingy at Best Buy where you can monitor your sleep stages and how much time you get at each, and tell you the quality of your sleep as well as help you find the right time.

    The poor man's way, according to a book I read on the topic, would be to experiment with different schedules and lengths of sleep for a week at a time and see how each goes.

    Also, I can't seem to take naps but doing some kind of destress/relaxation exercise halfway through the day, or late afternoon, makes a HUGE difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    For me 5 to 6 hours of sleep seems to be an adequate
    amount to be sharp and have energy during the day.
    Some exercise also helps to attain a good balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aesop87
    I function best on 8-9 hours of sleep. Every time I get less during the week, I end up regretting my deficit in a subsequent day. Interestingly enough, the day I under-sleep I may feel fine, but the following day the sleep deficit hits me heavily whether I get enough hours or not. My optimum performance comes when I get consistent sleep, ideally in the aforementioned range.

    I also find that naps help immensely, when I can squeeze them in. Personally, I would lobby for a mandated "siesta" in the United States, where the idea of a workday nap is taboo. I'm confident that employees would be far more productive if this were instituted. The post-nap boost is massive -- try it if you get a chance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kruciall
    I wish I could function with a lot less sleep that I currently get. Even 9-10 hours and I still don't have energy. Might as well not sleep if I'm still going to feel blahhhhhh.
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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    Straight answer 5 hours is enough for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    I've never done well with naps at all -- I just end up more tired than when I started.

    For a good year or two, I regularly functioned fine (more or less) at three to six hours' sleep per night, because of my job. It came with scary side-effects, though. For instance, one night I "blacked out" at around midnight and couldn't remember anything I'd typed on MSN for the next half hour (checked my chat logs later) or even climbing up the ladder (I had a loft bed at the time) to go to bed after that.

    It's taken me quite a while, but I've finally mostly readjusted. I go to bed between 10:30 and 12:30 most nights, and rarely set an alarm (only when I have morning classes and stayed up too late, though I still usually wake up on time). I let my body wake me up when it's ready.

    As Ruth pointed out on page 1, too much sleep can be as harmful as too little, so I don't sleep in on weekends unless I've stayed up late, and I can rarely manage that, either. I get up when my body wakes me up and I feel like I can get out of bed without feeling tired. If I wake up too early and realize I'm still tired, I'll go back to sleep and, without fail, my body will wake me when it's ready to get up.

    That's been working quite well for me since the summer, so I'm going to keep it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnmark Hills
    it has been very difficult for me to maintain 4-5 hrs of sleep but found it very difficult to observe it. what is my own problem?
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    7-10 hours is the rule of thumb amongst sleep experts, bodybuilding, and, fitness junkies. However, if you average it out for the week it comes out to around 8 hours a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author rayzh
    it really depends on how good your body is, believe or not the better your body, the less sleep you need
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  • Profile picture of the author LaLaLives
    Different people need different amounts of sleep. Some need naps in the daytime (which are really healthy) and others do not. To answer your question for yourself, try this:

    For one week, fall asleep when you are tired and wake up without an alarm clock. Each day, count the number of hours you slept the night before. What you're likely to notice is that, no matter what time you go to sleep or rise, you've slept the same number of hours. This is the amount of sleep that your body naturally needs. Also, if you need a nap during the day, do the same...make note of how long you sleep without forcing yourself awake.
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  • Profile picture of the author CopywritingKing
    I sleep a good 6 hours max. due to the holidays now weekends maybe a little more!
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  • Profile picture of the author mge
    I rarely sleep 8 hours at a time. Since I work the 3 am shift I take a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. Later on I will sleep 5 or 6 hours. It seems to work for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ERPLeadsWriter
    The bare minimum would probably be six hours from my personal experience. Anything less than that and sleepiness starts taking its toll the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author taylatrefl
    With my schedule, I can sleep 5-6 hours daily. But with proper diet and exercise, I believe you can still maintain a healthy body.
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      2 hrs most nights, sometimes 3.

      This has been going on all my life. i used to drive my parents crazy.

      now i drive my wife crazy.

      Everyone says its bad for my health, but im almost 40 and have yet
      to see any ill effects from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    Six to Eight hours is enough for me. So far I have been successful in sleeping for 6 hours but I failed to sleep before 12AM. It is really hard to sleep when your mind is busy planning for your business. Its like time should stop so you can make the most out of each day.

    Ryuchi
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  • Profile picture of the author chad12
    At least 6-7 hours sleep is necessary ...
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  • Profile picture of the author NYC SEO
    5 I think is bare minimum, correct me if I am wrong here. I get about 5-7 depending on the day and time.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelito11
    I've been sleeping 4 to 6 hours a day, 24/7
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  • Profile picture of the author svborgman
    I need 7 hours minimum. But I bet that if I improve my eating and exercise habits, the need for more sleep will decrease.
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  • Everyone is different.
    They say 8hrs, but it also depend on your health, and quality of sleep.
    Just listen to your body.
    If you're still tired you need a bit more...easy
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  • Profile picture of the author t0mmy
    damn some days ill be awake for over 24 hours and then maybe sleep 3 and awake again, other times ill sleep nearly 12 hours awake 12 it varies really, but i think i perform better with more sleep rather than less, i get cranky when up too long
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilma1980
    I think 4-6 hours of sleep is enough for adults! :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kathyflynn
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    i think you should get enough rest because that can make you smarter
    remember work smarter not harder
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  • Profile picture of the author Megyn
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    I am an insomniac, but I use it to my advantage. There is no 'work time' when you are an online marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author jumshi
    i like to sleep a lot , sometimes too much
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Banks
    Sleep is NOT an option as I used to think in my college fraternity days. It truly makes a world of difference is actual work quality and quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author sokapo
    I've been sleeping 6 to 7 hours a day
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  • Profile picture of the author Scrape
    7 Hours with 2 to 3 hours nap will give you good rest for the day
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    • Profile picture of the author w3bTools
      Originally Posted by Scrape View Post

      7 Hours with 2 to 3 hours nap will give you good rest for the day
      I love this method
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  • Profile picture of the author marvineasley
    i think 10hours...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ender Ayanethos
    roughly 3 hours per day! If I could show you how you could too (and feel good), would you want me to share my secret?
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    According to some health experts, a person should have at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day. But for some people who are very dedicated to their work, unfortunately don't get this very relaxing sleep.
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