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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 1:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I sleep for 8 hours.  I recall reading that if you don’t regularly exercise, if you begin a regular aerobic exercise program, the time you spend exercising can be doubled and subtracted from your sleep.

Eg, if you don’t exercise and you sleep 8 hours a night, if you start jogging 30 minutes most days, you will find that you naturally wake up after 7 hours.
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 1:46am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I have an app that measures how much I sleep, so I know the answer of how much I actually sleep (on average 6 hours 10 mins per night). I feel 8 would be optimal for me to feel properly rested, but I find I wake up earlier as I get older, so it's rare I get anywhere near 8 hours.

I do like a good nap, though I find it can interfere with getting to sleep later on, so try to avoid.
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 11:28am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I think I need (but don't get) 8 hours sleep in the winter.

5-6 hours is more than enough during the summer.
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ron bailey
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 5:24pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I find it frustrating that it's not so much how much I sleep, but when. Much as I would like it to be 7-8 hours at night, I find myself worn out most days in the early afternoon and fighting a nap only to then sleep from 3-4 hours at night, waking up woozy and unrefreshed. 
I exercise regularly enough, so I'm thinking I need to pay more attention to my diet and timing of meals. 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 6:51pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'd like 7, but it rarely happens. 6 is usually more normal, and I get by fine with that. 
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 31 March 2024 at 8:39pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I usually get six hours or so a night. Seven hours would be ideal. Eight hours is a little too long.


I also like falling asleep to a familiar audiobook.

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Try to get at least 8, but usually get around 6 to 6 and a half.

And I am NOT a "morning person"!
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I’m your worst nightmare, Brian!  I wake wanting to talk. Chatty Cathy at 4 AM, but have to hold it until my wife gets up roughly 4-5 hours later.  Not a shocker to those who know me.  
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I'm a 6 hour max guy. 

Normally up between 3-3:30 AM during the weekdays and try my best to go back to sleep on the weekends until 6:00. If I cannot fall back to sleep, I'll do the laundry. 

At least I can get house chores done while laying back.




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Brian Floyd
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I’m your worst nightmare, Brian!  I wake wanting to talk. Chatty Cathy at 4 AM, but have to hold it until my wife gets up roughly 4-5 hours later.  Not a shocker to those who know me.  

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It takes me roughly an hour before my brain is fully functioning, and if I do not get at minimum 5 and a half hours I'm not at 100% and have issues concentrating.



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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 01 April 2024 at 2:58pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I struggle with insomnia.  Actually thats no longer true.  I fully embrace insomnia and just accept that my internal alarm clock is set for roughly 3am….regardless of what time I go to bed.   The ONLY thing that seems to change that is if I am FANTASTICALLY tired at bed time…especially after 10pm.    

The result of years of being wide awake somewhere between 3am and 4am is that I feel like my typical day is significant longer than everyone else’s.  If properly motivated I can “get to work” doing stuff I’d normally do around mid day.  

My GF is the total opposite.  She can sleep ENDLESSLY.  Literally fast asleep for more than 10 hours at a time.  I used to get jealous of it…until she started complaining that she has so little time in the day to do things!

That is certainly NOT a problem for me.
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Posted: 01 April 2024 at 3:29pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

4 hours, whether I need it or not.
I'm a very light sleeper. I can hear toilets flush downstairs and 3 rooms away. 
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