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Old 04-09-07, 07:53 PM
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What is a healthy nights sleep?

Ever since I've started getting back in shape over the past year, I've tried to get my 8 hours sleep per night. Im wondering, is this to much? I would like to stay up an extra 2 hours at night but I don't want to deprive my body of anything I really need. Is 6 hours of sleep a night healthy, or does the body require 8? I don't know where I got the 8 hour number, but I've always thought of that as the "requirement". Any insite, or is it different for everyone? I've worked out/ridden on no sleep, obviously it probably isn't healthy and I can really feel the difference vs. a 8hr night, but jeez theres so much time wasted with 8 hours of sleep.
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Old 04-09-07, 07:57 PM
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8 hours is definitely recommended if you're taxing your body. It is not time wasted, it is time spent letting your body heal. That's when muscle repair and growth happens.
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Old 04-09-07, 10:05 PM
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Different people have different sleep needs.

In general, if you feel alert during the day, you're getting enough sleep. If you have trouble getting up, are sleepy during the day, or crash at the end of the day, you're probably not getting enough sleep.
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To me, a good amount of sleep is if I wake up without any kind of alarm. If the alarm goes off and I feel like throwing it across the room then, well, that's not enough sleep... For me, that's usually about 6 hours. My wife prefers to get 10. I think that 8 hours is more of an average than a requirement. Everybody's different of course.
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Originally Posted by umd
To me, a good amount of sleep is if I wake up without any kind of alarm. If the alarm goes off and I feel like throwing it across the room then, well, that's not enough sleep... For me, that's usually about 6 hours. My wife prefers to get 10. I think that 8 hours is more of an average than a requirement. Everybody's different of course.
Agreed. Unless I've been working myself to exhaustion, I sleep 7 hours and wake without an alarm. If I sleep an hour less or an hour more I feel groggy for the first half of the next day.
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I'm not sure what a good nights sleep is but I can tell you what it isn't! A 4 month old baby screaming 12 inches from your ear at 2 am does not a good sleep make!

Personally, I find it more important to get a solid block of sleep rather than a specific number of hours. For instance, I feel much better if I get 4 hours of solid sleep vs. 7-8 hours of broken sleep. 7 (solid) hours is my ideal but I haven't had many of those nights in the last 2.5 years.
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I once read somewhere that it should take you 15 minutes to fall asleep, any more and youre getting too much sleep, any less - not enough. Not sure how accurate this is, just throwin it out there.
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i would be thrilled to get anything over 4-5 hrs without constantly waking up.
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Originally Posted by HAMMER MAN
i would be thrilled to get anything over 4-5 hrs without constantly waking up.
Same here. MY wife is 8 months pregnant and wakes me up 5-6 times a night since shes awake. I guess this is to get me ready for the baby waking me up. The problem is when I am sleep deprived I have thoughts of solving the problem that sane people don't have.
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Originally Posted by nickf829
Ever since I've started getting back in shape over the past year, I've tried to get my 8 hours sleep per night. Im wondering, is this to much? I would like to stay up an extra 2 hours at night but I don't want to deprive my body of anything I really need. Is 6 hours of sleep a night healthy, or does the body require 8? I don't know where I got the 8 hour number, but I've always thought of that as the "requirement". Any insite, or is it different for everyone? I've worked out/ridden on no sleep, obviously it probably isn't healthy and I can really feel the difference vs. a 8hr night, but jeez theres so much time wasted with 8 hours of sleep.
As has been mentioned the amount of sleep is determined according to your own body's needs. Saying one must sleep 8 hrs is like saying the average person of a certain age and gender should consume a certain amount of calories - as one might find on the side of their cereal box. It's a statistical average to be individually tailored.
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