How long do you sleep at night?
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!
shortpeopleproblems · 15/10/2022 21:41
5-6 hours weeknights, 7ish weekends. I work late evening/up early and prefer some downtime before going to bed.
I definitely should go to bed earlier but faff around on the way. I also have to snooze in the morning - my alarm is set 30-40 minutes before I need to get up, because I can't get myself up otherwise - I need time to adjust to being awake and getting out of bed 😂 But I'm aware it means less sleep and isn't ideal.
Firstworldprobs · 15/10/2022 21:52
7 hrs on weeknights - I need more but also love being alone in my living room with zero demands between 10pm and midnight!
My kids are older (9 and 13) and lie in themselves now (HALLELUJAH) so at weekends I get my earplugs in and have been known to sleep for 14 hours.
I work full time in a busy job, have a chronic illness and also both boys have SEN, so my one weekend lie in is what keeps me sane!
Mybestyear · 15/10/2022 21:52
AhmenGwendolyn · 15/10/2022 20:33
Just wanted to say, I love your post, enjoy your sleep and sobriety!
Mybestyear · 15/10/2022 20:16
@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?
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
@AhmenGwendolyn - thanks!!
Narwhaleahoy · 15/10/2022 21:57
when allowed to get into a natural rhythm, 10.30pm-7.00am (8.5hrs) is perfect.
Sadly, with DH’s addiction to late night TV; DCats’ insistence on sleeping, and scrapping, with us; 1am wee; 2am existentialist terrors; 5.30am Alexia alarm (as DH fondly imagines he is a morning person); 6.15 am finally kicking DH out of bed; 6.30am being presented with the DCats’ trackers to put on as they utterly refuse to let DH do it and howl loudly, once fed, for release; I’m already exhausted by 7am and probably get around 5 hours on average.
I have EVERY sympathy with parents of small children and fully understand why sleep deprivation is a form of torture.
StarDolphins · 15/10/2022 22:04
I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow & have 6.5-7 hrs each night. Unbroken & when I wake up, it’s like I’ve had an anaesthetic- literally could be burgled & I would t wake up :(
I would feel seriously groggy after 10 hours, plus I like to be up & enjoying the day!
Tanktanktank · 15/10/2022 22:07
Do you really need ten hours or is that what you think you need. the only reason I ask is because a few years ago I felt awful every morning, I was sure I wasn’t sleeping well and having thought that expected to be not feeling my best.
I mentioned it to a friend who had felt similar and had got a gadget to monitor her sleep during the night. I got one too, I found out I was having a good nights sleep and I immediately felt better during the day even though I was having less sleep than I was convinced I needed.
DelilahBucket · 15/10/2022 22:13
I function best on 8, but usually 6 1/2-7 1/2. If it's solid I'm okay although definitely not in my optimum mode on that amount.
The problem in this house is DH functions on a lot less than me, and he is up for work early. Once he's up, I don't go back to sleep, even though I can stay in bed for another 40 minutes. Really, I need that extra 40 minutes, but I don't get it. Due to DH snoring while he awaits surgery, we are currently in separate rooms. We tried with me sleeping in the spare room and I could stay asleep for that extra 40 minutes, but I wasn't sleeping solidly in that room, for various reasons. So now I'm back in our room with him in the spare room, where I sleep solidly, but am up earlier. I feel better on quality over quantity.
thenightsky · 15/10/2022 22:27
between 6 and 8 depending on DH's snoring. Once a week or 10 days I'll be out for the count for 10 to 14 hours in catch up mode.
When I was a teen/20s I could sleep for a day (24 hours) once in a while as a catch up. I remember going to work as a student nurse on the ward and the nurse in charge saying 'where were you yesterday?'. Apparently I'd missed a whole day out of my life sleeping!
justcallmebozo · 15/10/2022 22:44
Whereland · 15/10/2022 19:51
Eh, I've got three hound children under 4 so generally a broken 5-6 hours max. Sleep as much as you want.
I want one! They sound so cute. Do they make good pets?
I usually fall asleep really quickly, get around 6 hours of good sleep, and then another hour or two dozing on and off. I quite like it like this, it's like having a really long lay in every morning.
Hardly ever feel tired during the day now, but when i was in my thirties i'd sleep 9 hours or more and still struggle to get up on time.
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