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    Just curious ... how many hours of sleep, good sleep, do you get a night - and is it enough? I typically sleep about five, which is fine for me. However, I've been working a lot of hours these past 3-4 weeks (55+ a week), and I think it caught up with me. Bed around 10 pm last night ... awake at my usual 4 am this morning, and I figured, meh, I'll just stay in bed for a bit longer.

    Woke up at 10 am!! What the heck?! I feel like I'm missing half a day!!

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    I use to need more but I think if I get around 6 hours I am OK. I don't know if this comes with age or it is just because I am a worrier in general, but once I am awake I have a harder time to go back to sleep than I used to in my young(er?) age lol. One thing is that once I wake up, my mind starts going here and there and I can't go back to sleep. That's what happened this morning. Woke up at 4:30 and tried to go back to sleep but impossible. I am at my computer since past 5am. It's good to catch up on things you'll tell me, but I know I will get pretty sleepy in the afternoon... still I can't take a nap because too much going on in my head... Endless! lol Oh well, I'll probably won't have troubles falling asleep tonight

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    • #3
      I can function with 6 hours for a while, but 7-7.5 is my optimal sleep time. And when I have a huge workload or a stressful period at work I'm noticing I'm much more tired. I'm just out of such a time and I've been sleeping 9 hours the last two nights... Bliss!

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      • #4
        Preferably at least 7.5, though I can manage on less, just not for more than a few nights. I've found that if I go to sleep really well hydrated (but drinking all that water - over 100 fl oz - during the day, not right before bed), I sleep longer and better (few to no night wakings), my sleep is more restorative (I don't get tired the next day) and it's easier to wake up in the morning.

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          Oh, that's interesting about being well hydrated! I've never paid attention to that. I know I get headaches if I don't drink enough but I've never noticed it influences my sleep quality!

      • #5
        Hmm I might have to try being better hydrated! I feel good when I get 7-8 hours, but lately have been lying awake (and then frustrated) until late/early hours, and then am tired and have headaches in the day. But someone else mentioned water, and I'm sure I haven't been drinking enough lately.

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        • #6
          ALL the sleep! 8 hours minimum!
          This morning the kids woke us up at 9am!!!!!!!

          I love that they are getting old enough to function by themselves in the am without waking me! On school days- they wake me up at 7am. I usually go to bed around 11pm. On my work days- I try to be in bed by 10 & get up at 6:15.

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          • #7
            I can function on six without it affecting my attitude - but only for 2 or 3 days at the most. THEN if I haven't caught up on sleep, I'm a raving lunatic much to my shame / dismay. I need 7-7.5 on a consistent basis, but I can't seem to get that much sleep. My goal is to try to exercise in the morning so that I'm not hyped up before bed. Unfortunately I hate mornings. Like I seriously hate mornings so it hasn't been too successful this past week!!
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            • #8
              With Chronic Fatigue, I struggle if I don't get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep :-(
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              • #9
                I consistently function well on 6 hours a night ,sometimes 5. And those 6 hours are definitely not uninterrupted; I tend to wake up every couple hours but can roll over adn go back to sleep. Since being menopausal I find that I don't need as much sleep.

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                • #10
                  I get about 6-7. I can function on 5 for a short time (like, a week, max)... but after that I need to get back to 7-ish or I start to crash big time. And honestly, as I get older I am finding that I need more sleep than I did a few years ago. The whole "I can function on 5" thing is becoming harder and harder each year, LOL.
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                  • #11
                    Interesting on the water ... I drink about 150 oz a day, on a good day, so I'm floating at night if I don't make a conscious decision to drink nothing past about 4 pm! I thinking working 11+ hours in the office plus 2-2.5 hours commuting on top of that isn't helping ... yeah, like the 13 hours I did yesterday at work!

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                    • #12
                      As I get older, I have a harder time with less sleep. Also, it depends upon when I go to bed more than the hours of sleep. If I have to function on less sleep, it would be better for me to go to bed at 10 and then get up after 4-6 hours of sleep. I would still feel fine if just a bit tired. If I have to go to sleep at 12 or later and get 4-6 hours, I will feel hung over the next day and barely be able to function.

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                      • #13
                        Ideally, I like to get get 7 hours per night. If I get 8+, I'm rather groggy. If I get less than 6, I'm cranky.

                        I wear my Fitbit Charge2 all the time. It tracks my sleep and the insights have been really interesting.

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                        • #14
                          I need to sleep between 6-7 hours a night. But I can't get very early in bed, it's always between 11-12pm and get up at 6am for work. And when it is weekend and I don't have to wake up, regularly I can't sleep anymore around 5am. At most I get older, at least I need less hours of sleep. But for the moment, I'm working around 45-50 hours a week, and I see (feel) that I need more hours to be no more (or less) tired.
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                          • #15
                            I swear if I actually was able to sleep without interruption each night, 7 hours would be fine. As it is, I go to sleep around 10:30 and have to be up at 6.

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