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How much does your body want to sleep?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 24, 2012 at 4:53 AM

I've always been consistent about getting enough sleep. My problem is that if I let it, my body wants a solid 9.5 hours every night. I usually set an alarm for 8 hours of sleep just because 14.5 hour days don't seem long enough. I feel fine waking up and throughout the day, but have always found it curious that my body wants so much.

I know there's a range out there and I'd like to actually see how close it is to 7-8 hours a night that most everyone touts.

If you allow yourself a natural sleep cycle, how long do you sleep?

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on November 24, 2012
at 06:01 PM

oh, i'm definitely not looking to adjust. i'm just curious to see the rang.

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at 06:58 AM

I should add - 24, male, highly active.

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on November 24, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I suspect you will get a broad range of answers. Listening to YOUR body is your best bet, IMO.

49 year old female. I tend to sleep 9-10 hours in fall/winter and 7-8 hours in spring/summer.

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on November 24, 2012
at 06:01 PM

oh, i'm definitely not looking to adjust. i'm just curious to see the rang.

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on November 24, 2012
at 06:39 AM

I am 66 years old. I sleep 6 hours a night. Sometimes I wake up at 5 AM, looking for things to do. I try to make sure I'm really tired before I go to bed, but at the moment, 6 hours seems to be my limit.

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on November 25, 2012
at 01:35 PM

About 7-8 uninterrupted hours. I have found that since starting paleo and crossfit, I don't need nearly as much sleep as I used to (I was sleeping all day at one point). I'm a 24 active female.

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on November 25, 2012
at 02:33 AM

My body likes 7-8. I can force myself back to sleep after that, usually, but end up feeling fuzzy through the rest of the day. Female, 24

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on November 25, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I find it very annoying that on long (US) holiday weekends I still wake up after seven hours. On these occasions I'd sleep 9-10-12 hours but that hasn't happened in a long time. Male, 50.

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on November 24, 2012
at 11:38 PM

my body usually likes 10-11 hours a night so i don't use an alarm. i'm 23, F.

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on November 24, 2012
at 06:03 PM

My body has been wanting around 9.5 hours lately which has been really annoying! During the summer, it only wanted around 7.

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on November 24, 2012
at 04:04 PM

About 7 hours. 44 year old male. I haven't used an alarm clock for many years and have a pretty consistent bed time.

Any other symptoms/supplements/medication? Maybe you're body would require less sleep if you were slightly less active.

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on November 24, 2012
at 02:57 PM

9.5 hours of sleep is my sweet spot but in the winter it is more like 9 and he summer is more like 10. Now that I set the same bed time each night I don't require an alarm clock either which is much less disruptive.

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on November 24, 2012
at 01:44 PM

what a luxury. I get 5 hours of sleep at most from my body :-(

I'm 46

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