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What if I feel rested after only 6 hours of sleep?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM

We always read about how getting 8-9h of sleep is a big part of being healthy. On the other side, we always get told "We should listen to our body" I??m often laying awake and fit after just 5-6h of sleep (my room??s dark at night, roller blind), should one force himself t sleep again? Because for me, that??s almost impossible, when I??m awake, I AM awake.

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I´m between low and moderate carb I´d say. Didn´t know that though, interesting!

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on April 24, 2012
at 11:19 AM

The better I feel, the less sleep I need. I'm down to almost 8 hours, used to need 12-13.

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on April 24, 2012
at 10:47 AM

my aunt sleeps 3-4 hours a night, she is healthy, stress free, doesnt get sleepy during the day. It used to worry her, but she makes use of the time! I wish I could do it!

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:54 AM

I'd be very happy if I were you. If you only need 6 hours, you must really be eating well.

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:04 AM

The "8 hours" adage is an average. People vary. That's just the middle of the bell curve.

And people's sleep needs will also change with age, stress levels, exercise, medications, mental health, alcohol consumption, diet, blah blah blah. So even over your own lifetime, the amount of sleep you need at age 10 will be different from the amount of sleep you need at 20, 35, 50, etc...

If you feel alert, refreshed, and well-rested, and are not feeling like you have dysfunction due to lack of sleep... then you do not have a sleep problem. Just know that it might change at some point if your current conditions change (any one of those factors can change your sleep needs), and that's also normal.

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on April 24, 2012
at 10:28 AM

If you feel rested after only 6 hours of sleep, and you then proceed through the day with no problems while loving life only to sleep again for 6 hours and feel just as good, healthy and happy then I would quit looking for problems.

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on April 24, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Ketosis (low-carb) makes people sleep less. Have you been eating low-carb lately or exercising intently?

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I´m between low and moderate carb I´d say. Didn´t know that though, interesting!

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:08 PM

I only need 5-6 hours of sleep a night too. I don't worry about it cause it gives me more time in the day to get things done.

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