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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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Oysterbabe · 15/10/2022 20:43

I know I should go to bed earlier but the evening is the only time I get to myself. It probably sounds silly but I don't want to waste it sleeping, I want to enjoy and appreciate it.


Wannakisstheteacher · 15/10/2022 20:45

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Grumpymummy12345 · 15/10/2022 20:46

Average between 5.5 and 6.5 - sometimes I manage 8 and it feels amazing! I wouldn’t be able to fit in 10 unfortunately - maybe when the kids are older and job stress dies down a bit…. 😂


simbobs · 15/10/2022 20:47

6-8 hours, which is fine. 10 hours is too much for a healthy adult. You haven't responded as to whether you have an underlying health problem, though.


SuffolkBargeWoman · 15/10/2022 20:47

@Oysterbabe that's called revenge bedtime procrastination, it's a recognised phenomenon.


TheTempest · 15/10/2022 20:47

I need 9-10 hours to be honest. I do have health issues though and wake up a couple of times in the night for a wee/ because of pain. I usually average between 7 1/2- 8 1/2. I also nap fairly regularly 🤦‍♀️


heidihigh · 15/10/2022 20:48

Between 6-8 usually. Ideally 7-8 but sometimes it's difficult when I have to be up at 5.30 for work as I find I can't switch off much earlier than 11


Rockandgrohl · 15/10/2022 20:48

Both my kids do 10 hours...the pre schooler 8-6 and the baby 9-7. I could do with between 8 & 9 hours but its usually more like 7 as I don't go to bed before 11 as I enjoy those 2 hours child free 🤣


3WildOnes · 15/10/2022 20:48

My ideal is 9. I usually get between 7 and 9. If I'm not out then I aim to go to bed at 10pm and up at 7am. I can't function well on less than 7, I can't think straight and my work suffers as well as my relationship as I feel less emotionally regulated. When I get 9 my work is of a much higher quality and I am a better mother and wife.


Robostripes · 15/10/2022 20:50

I don’t understand how an adult can get 10 hours a night! My alarm goes off at 6.15 on work days which means to fit 10 hours in I’d have to be asleep by 8.15pm … my 6 year old doesn’t usually go to bed until 7.45/8! I don’t think even he gets 10 hours …

I get between 6.5 and 7 hours usually. Asleep by around 11/11.30. My body would prefer a bit more, if I get into bed early and go off by 10.30 I feel better in the morning! But it’s very difficult to do that and have anything resembling an evening!


minidancer · 15/10/2022 20:51

A healthy adult shouldn't need 10 hours sleep a night. I would go and get a blood test if I was you? How does any adult have time to sleep that long?! I have 6-7 and work, have 3 young children and study. I do feel tired but that's adult life I think!


3WildOnes · 15/10/2022 20:51

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Really? I could sleep 10 hours a night without it impacting on my husband, if I went to bed at 9 and woke at 7. I don't do anything productive after 9pm, I just watch telly or read nonsense on my phone.


Vintagecreamandcottagepie · 15/10/2022 20:52

Between 8 and 9 ideally. Often manage that, with the odd 7 hours.

If I get 6 or less I'm not great the next day.

My husband needs less and is ok on anything from 6-8 hours


OceanbreezeSun · 15/10/2022 20:53

Usually around 7- 8 hours. I haven’t had unbroken sleep for about 3 years though. I often wake up in the early hours only for it to take me about an hour to fall back to sleep again (currently 6 months pregnant so that explains it!) Despite broken sleep, I rarely wake up feeling tired or groggy, so my body is obviously ok with it!


Ragwort · 15/10/2022 20:53

Ten hours seems a lot for an adult ... what time do you go to bed and what time do you get up?

I average 6-7 hours sleep .. but I spend quite a lot of time 'relaxing' on the sofa or reading so I am resting quite a bit but not sleeping (mid 60s).


3WildOnes · 15/10/2022 20:53

@minidancer I rarely feel tired because I make sleep a priority!


Olivetreebutter · 15/10/2022 20:58

About 6 hours in bed, but probably 4-5 when you take out waking up.
No children, M.E. sufferer. Spend my life permanently exhausted. Sometimes I nap when I get home for 50 minutes or so.


Flaunch · 15/10/2022 21:01

7-8 usually in two stints.

10 hours sleep nice on the odd occasion but far too much for every night. I could only have slept 19 hours when I was massively anaemic or pregnant.


HollyJollypup · 15/10/2022 21:03

Between 6-7 hours a night.
I don’t think I could sleep for 10 hours. I’d wake up before I hit that point .


TheNinny · 15/10/2022 21:04

5.5-7ish on a weekday. 8 feels amazing and more on my turns of long lie (every second week at the moment) of about 9-10h at absolute max. Which is rare as I plan to do stuff on those days so need up lol


caroleanboneparte · 15/10/2022 21:09

I couldn't sleep for 10 hours no matter how tired I was.

I'd be a bit pissed off if dp did this tbh. I'd think he was being lazy and trying to get out of doing childcare/ housework!

I really need 8 hours but usually only get 6 1/2 according to Fitbit


HariboReckoning · 15/10/2022 21:10

Between 8-12 hours, usually around 9. I have health issues that affect how much I need.


AdoraBell · 15/10/2022 21:10

Currently about 3/4 hours.


Quornflakegirl · 15/10/2022 21:14

I average 8 but can happily have 10 and occasionally when I am exhausted I have 12. There’s nothing better going to bed at 8pm!


Disneyblueeyes · 15/10/2022 21:16

I aim for 7.
I function fine with 7 hours personally. 8 is ideal. I'd say 5 or less I'd struggle.

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