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How long do you sleep at night?

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missbluex · 15/10/2022 19:45

Posting for traffic, how long do you sleep at night?

I’m studying full time for a degree and managing a part time job whilst often caring for my elderly father. I need around 10 hours each night but my DP complains it’s too much?!

Baffles me how some manage on 6 hours of less!

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LizzieSiddal · 15/10/2022 19:55

When I was younger I needed 8 hours and usually got it, now I’m on my 50s, I manage really well on 6.


EnolaAlone · 15/10/2022 19:55

Usually 7.5 - 8 hours.


Worktop · 15/10/2022 19:56

At least 7. Any less and I can't function.

Ideally 8 hours unbroken sleep, but I need 9 if I've been up. Usually I need to get up for a pee these days!

9pm - 5am on a work day
10pm-6/7am on a day off


DrMadelineMaxwell · 15/10/2022 19:57

I usually get about 6.5. I like 8.5 hours.

10 is a luxury that I get once in a blue moon on a weekend lie in. I get up for work before 7am so I'd have to be going to bed at 9pm to get 10 hours, which I don't want to do.


LovedFedAndNoonesDead · 15/10/2022 19:57

Between 3-5 hours if I’m lucky. Have 3 year old twins and, ever since working for NHS for more than 20 years, I’ve struggled a bit with insomnia. Nowadays it’s really bad and once I’m awake, whether that’s at 12.30am or 3am, that’s it for me!!


Plantmum2047 · 15/10/2022 19:58

5 or 6 with one wake up but I struggle with my sleep. I need 8 or 9 and I have an undrractive thyroid.


TrippinEdBalls · 15/10/2022 19:58

This much, according to my Fitbit. Which is not ideal but fine for me. Doesn't mean it should be for you, though! Are you well-rested and energetic after 10? If so I think that's just how much sleep you need. If you still feel crappy after it I would consider a visit to the GP, though.

How long do you sleep at night?

ithoughtitmihtbenicetochat · 15/10/2022 19:58

I sleep 9pm til 7am
Most nights.
That's 10 hours. And I really need it.


RandomMess · 15/10/2022 19:59

5 hours 😭😭😭😭😭

Constantly sleep deprived, the menopause is killing me.


alwaystrying2 · 15/10/2022 19:59

Overthebow · 15/10/2022 19:48

6-7 hours. I wouldn’t have time for more really with work and my DC! I have no idea how people have time to sleep for 10 hours.

Yes - I say this to my friends and they think I'm being dramatic but I genuinely don't have time for more sleep.
I aim for 7 but often less. I feel ill though for less than 6.


SallyWD · 15/10/2022 20:01

Wow, 10 is a lot! I always aim for 8 but it often takes me ages to sleep. I always wake for a wee, sometimes twice. I reckon I get between 6.5 and 7 hours. Usually feel quite tired!


Deadringer · 15/10/2022 20:02

Between 6 and 7, but i usually wake up a few times. Its not enough for me and i am always tired.


AhmenGwendolyn · 15/10/2022 20:04

I aim for 9 during the week and 12-14 when I don’t have plans


HighlandPony · 15/10/2022 20:05

Six hours is decent for me. Average 4-5. Always been a crap sleeper.


SunshineLollipopsAndRainbows · 15/10/2022 20:05

Not enough! I’m going through the menopause plus I suffer with a lot of pain. Some nights I barely sleep at all, others I manage maybe 6 hours but even then I wake up once or twice. 10 hours does seem a lot for an adult.


Spanielsarepainless · 15/10/2022 20:05

6.5-8 but usually about 7. Wish it were more. Feeling knackered because of the dark mornings, looking forward to the clocks going back so at least one end of the day is light.


Loics · 15/10/2022 20:05

I try (and usually manage) to go to bed 10-11 hours before whenever I need to wake up, knowing that means I'll likely get around 8 with baby fussing and wanting a feed or 2.


mondaytosunday · 15/10/2022 20:07

About 6-7. Can't imagine having 10! If I do for sone reason go back to sleep I feel too drowsy the rest of the day.


rainbowandglitter · 15/10/2022 20:08

Usually 7 hours. How do you fit 10 in?


Oblomov22 · 15/10/2022 20:09

9 hours most nights. I need a lot.


Mybestyear · 15/10/2022 20:16

ThroughThickAndThin01 · 15/10/2022 19:49

I have been suffering from insomnia recently so been reading loads of articles about sleep and how much is needed.

My take from all this reading:-

1 consistently less than 4 hours is life threatening
2 consistently over 8 hours is bad for you
3 7 hours is the best amount
4 anything between an average of 6-8 hours is fine

@ThroughThickAndThin01 i had the most dreadful insomnia for years. I swear I would be averaging 1 - 2 hours a night. I’d be in tears brushing my teeth knowing another long night was ahead. Fall asleep at say 11pm then wake up and look at the clock silently praying it would be 3 or 4am only to see it would be 1150pm and I’d then be awake all night.

tried Everything to no avail. It did nearly kill me. Although I was functioning, I got very depressed and started abusing alcohol - literally knocking myself out with booze. Developed very high blood pressure and put on about 3 stone over 10 years. Finally it all imploded and I resigned from my very stressful/senior job and started working part time in a role I love but for a massive pay cut. I’m now sober nearly 7 months and sleeping great!!! It’s so lovely to look forward to going to bed knowing I’ll sleep. I now get between 7 snd 8 hours a night. I felt worse to begin with but now wake up happy every day, knowing I’m sober and not in a soul destroying job. How are you coping with the insomnia?


Nina9870 · 15/10/2022 20:20

I could easily do 10, I’ve always been a really good sleeper and loved my sleep.
I’ve got a newborn at the minute so not getting as much sleep as I’d like- that’s putting it mildly!
I also enjoy napping and it’s never affected my sleep of a nighttime.
I miss sleep 😢😂


Thefaceofboe · 15/10/2022 20:22

I aim for 8 (bed at 10, up at 6) but with a baby who doesn’t sleep I’d say I get 5/6 hrs very broken sleep


nutbrownhare15 · 15/10/2022 20:22

I read


namechanged221 · 15/10/2022 20:23


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