I was talking to someone a few weeks ago who mentioned her husband only gets two hours of sleep a night. I don't get it. Wouldn't that catch up with your body? Same with doctors, interns, etc. who work 24 or 36 hour shifts. My whole day can sometimes depend on how much sleep I got the night before. If I get eight I'm happy and can function well on 6 or 7 hours, but with small kids you take what you can get.
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I average between 5 and 6.5 hrs per night, but about once every couple of weeks I'll recharge with 8 or 9 hrs. When I was young(er) and stupid(er) I used to do the 24 hrs thing just because I didn't want to waste my time sleeping, but I'm pretty much over that phase.-- And you definitely gotta take what you can get with small kids. Sleep when they sleep or you get NONE.
I used to work with a guy that was like your friend's husband. This guy would get home from his 2nd full-time job at midnight, stay up until 2-3 am doing laundry or watching TV, and THEN get up at 5-6 am to run up to McDonald's to sit around and drink coffee before he went to job #1. Wow.
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I believe 7 hours is my magic number, but the day will be fine with anywhere between 6-8. I'm definitely noticing a drop in performance if I get less than 6 (or more than 8). I love those all-nighters after which I end up taking a four hour midday nap that does nothing but make me sluggish and disoriented the rest of the day.
Lack of sleep catches up with your mind, not body. You need that 6 - 8 hours for your mind to rest and process. I once, thank God, Had to stay up for 44 hours straight for a research project. That last several hours were like being drugged. I ould function phsically but mentally - WOW.
Oh, I prefer around 6.5 hours but five is okay and stretches of 4 are okay as long as I can get 7 or 8 once every week.
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I shoot for eight, but tend to go on about six. Unless I fall back asleep right after turning off the alarm, in which case it's usually eight or nine.
Tried going without the night before heading out to Seattle (visiting my brother and it was an early flight) and I was sucking down mid-air coffee like it was water. At some point after probably 36 hours without sleep, I was almost completely out of it and probably looked and acted like I was plastered. At which point I promptly passed out at the hotel.
5 to 6 hours, with the occasional 8 hour sleeping binge on the weekend. I usually do the bulk of my daily exercise right when I wake up in the morning, so I think that helps in getting me awake and through the day without being tired.
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I'm usually in by 10:30 or so, up at 4:45 every M-F. There was a time where I'd catch up on weekends, which was the same time I used to go out on weekends, too. That time was Before I Had a Kid, who rises at 7:00 on Saturdays and isn't quite old enough to keep herself busy, so we all are up then.
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6 hours is my magic number, but there are some occasions where for some damn reason, all I do is dream about bein at work, and will wake up just as tired as I went to bed. I haven't had a vacation in over a year...so I think as a whole, I'm pretty worn down, and could end up sleeping a whole lot.
I can usually get between six or seven hours a night. I work a lot of 12-hour shifts where I have to be on the job right before 3:00 a.m. and I make sure I get to bed very early. It's very rare that I ever sleep past 7:00 a.m.
It's anywhere from 5 to 6 hours a night during the week. I'm up at 3:45am so I can head to the basement and get in an hour on the nordic track. No more than 7 hours on the weekend if I am lucky because the newest little dunker still has no concept of time so we get up when he gets up. I do sometimes get that 20 minute power nap on the train ride out of the city at night but that really depends on how crowded the train is and who is sitting next to me. I also never let mrs. dunk know about the nap because she would kill me with her eyes if she knew.....