I'm like you OP. I literally can't cope on less than 7...if it's less than 6 then I'm basically useless.
Also, if I get woken up at night even once, I am so tired the next day that I can't manage and have to have a nap!
When my DC were smaller, I stopped waking up once they hit three...I just failed to rouse unless there was absolute screaming. I'm not proud of that...but I think my body just said "Nope!" DH did all night wakings from about the age of 3 from then on.
DH also did around half of the baby wakings.He's fine on broken sleep and can cope on about 5 hours a night well.
I'm an insomniac. I once had a friend, new mother, complain when she asked me how I was and I said I was struggling as I was in a bad patch (bad for me is a couple of hours in total broken into bits through the night). I can't remember who quote but something along the lines of my complaint was out of order to a new mum. I never spoke about it again but all I could think was that I'd always been this way and always will be. You only have a few years per child. It's totally worse being awake AND having to parent, but I will never get an 8 hour sleep and I fantasise about what life would be like on that in terms of my brain, my skin and health. Oops, meant to say I get the jealousy!
I don't feel jealous, as such. But I do get irritated by the comments I get from colleagues (we travel together a lot, which is why they know my sleep habits!)
- light weight! (when leaving the bar first) - you're really not a morning person are you? (I sleep as long as I can, I don't 'potter' in the morning)
They might sound like throwaway comments and that I'm over sensitive, but trust me over the years I've become bored with people feeling the need to comment and sometimes there's a definite undertone of suggesting my need for sleep is a weakness.
One colleague definitely thinks she's morally superior because she fucks about watching TV from 06:30
I'm jealous of people who can fall asleep and stay asleep so they can get enough rest. I can function on 4 hours of broken sleep because I have to - many nights that's the best I can get. I just about function though. It's not good for me or for those around me!
It's pretty normal to need 7-8 hours sleep, and almost everybody probably does need that much even if they appear to function on much less. Barring babies or insomnia, getting 7-8 hours sleep should be pretty achievable.
duds that's horrible. Presumably you've tried everything? A friend of mine has insomnia and the sleepy lotion from lush has helped her, as well as meditation but as above, I presume you've tried those.
I can't function on very little sleep either, and often need to sleep at the weekend to catch up.