Ideal/adequate amount of sleep???

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Ideal/adequate amount of sleep???

  1. 4 Hours

    7 vote(s)
    2.6%
  2. 5 Hours

    12 vote(s)
    4.4%
  3. 6 Hours

    28 vote(s)
    10.3%
  4. 7 Hours

    62 vote(s)
    22.9%
  5. 8 Hours

    106 vote(s)
    39.1%
  6. 9 Hours

    28 vote(s)
    10.3%
  7. 10 Hours

    20 vote(s)
    7.4%
  8. 11 Hours

    2 vote(s)
    0.7%
  9. 12 Hours

    6 vote(s)
    2.2%
  1. ZapZav

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    http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/hu/groups/sleep/telegr.htm
    The Victorians regarded sleep as an indulgence to be frowned upon. Sleeping beyond eight hours a night was thought to indicate idleness or an all-too-adequate private income. Some 50 years earlier, Napoleon Bonaparte, who was not a good sleeper (~4 hours a night, he explained... "We'll all sleep tight when we're dead!"), had advocated 'six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool,' reflecting the common view that around seven hours was adequate. There could be a grain of truth in this. At the Sleep Research Laboratory at Loughborough University, our recent study involving 400 men and women, aged 20 to 70 years, sleeping at home, found that women generally slept an average of seven-and-a-half hours daily, about 15 minutes longer than men.

    Thanks for voting & commenting in advance! :smile:
     
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    "Nature requireth five, Custom taketh seven, Idelness takes nine, and Wickedness eleven."

    Burne, Shropshire Folklore, p. 578 (1883)
     
  3. dong20

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    I must be a complete moron then.....I love to sleep...except when travelling, hate to miss stuff..:rolleyes:
     
  4. Ethyl

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    I'm also a complete idiot according to Mr. Bonaparte. I can't take advice from someone who ruined the Empire period with his personally inspired furniture: short, clunky, and uncomfortable. Made certain everything was designed to fit only his frame--he damn well should have slept better than anyone.
     
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    Any less than 8 hours and I'm nasty as hell. That explains a lot since I'm an insomniac.
     
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    I do best on 8 hours as well....it's pretty rare that I get it, but it's awesome when it happens.
     
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    I get 10 hours of sleep, when able. I can function on less, but I do better with ten. It's also when I wake up on my own, so I'm guessing that it is the amount that I do best with.
     
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    It's 5:00 AM here and I haven't slept since Tuesday. I feel fine. Take a wild guess what I voted.
     
  9. naughty

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    Bi Polar?

    I really havent had a 7 or 8 hour night of sleep for a long time, and I miss it. I think adequate is probably 6.5 to7 hours for maximum productivity.
     
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    Why on earth would you think that? :confused:
     
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    Signs and symptoms of mania (or a manic episode) include:
    • Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
    • Excessively "high," overly good, euphoric mood
    • Extreme irritability
    • Racing thoughts and talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another
    • Distractibility, can't concentrate well
    • Little sleep needed
    • Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers
    • Poor judgment
    • Spending sprees
    • A lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
    • Increased sexual drive
    • Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
    • Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
    • Denial that anything is wrong
    But then again, it could just be a very energetic 19 year old with an indigo aura! Ah, for those days again.
     
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    I think that 8 hrs of continual sleep are the best for the body to function at it's best. My average is 6-7hrs. What I find many people disregard is that WHEN is just as important as how much. Humans are not by nature nocturnal animals but many of us, I'm guilty too, stay awake long into the night expecting that we can catch up with a little nap during the day. 5hrs + 3hrs of sleep will not produce the same restfulness as 8hrs of sleep will.

    The only animal I've seen benefit from a broken sleep pattern is the cat. How else are they to follow the patch of sun across the room.
     
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    Holy shit, maybe I am! :eek:
     
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    I used to aim for 7-8 hours a night, just because it seems to be what "experts" say is optimal, but have since found that I am most energetic and focused at work if I only get about 6 hours. If I go to bed a bit earlier and get closer to 7 hours sleep, I'm noticeably more lethargic and groggy in the morning. I also sleep much more soundly now than I used to when I spent more hours per day in bed, and ironically am less inclined to nap during the day or evening.

    @ Spladle: You should see a doctor if you haven't slept in 48+ hours. My sister had a manic episode/breakdown six years ago. She had stayed awake for several days and ended up hospitalized for a week. It's a very serious condition and for your own health you should seek medical attention.

    Steve
     
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    This is ludicrous. I stay up for 48+ hours pretty damned often. A long long time ago I even stayed up for an entire week.
     
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    Keep talkin' we're listenin'. Hey, where would the "Rat Pack" have been if Frank had been medicated? Misery needed company...
     
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    Seven hours is great, 8 is better, but I usually get by on 5-6 hours. I still do a few all night drives when necessary or all nighters when I am heavily into a project, but it takes longer to recover than 10 years ago.
     
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    It depends... when i am tired i love sleeping 8 hours or a bit more, bu sometimes, when i am in a travel, i am so exiceted about what i am going to see that 6 hours are more then enough, i feel like losing my time if i sleep more.
     
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    I picked 4 because it was the closest to what I sleep - usually I sleep 1.5 - 2 hours a night (for the last 10+ years or so). Go to sleep around 3 a.m. - up by 5 a.m..

    Life is too short and there are too many things to do and too many people to do ;)
     
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    I can function with 6, but would rather have 8. Oh wait, we're talking about sleep hours, not inches! Eh, the same applies. :biggrin1:
     
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