My body wants to sleep 6 hours, is this normal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I always slept well, for 8-9hrs, until I hit 30. ??Then it changed. ??For the following 7 years I've had issues, but have continued to strive for 8hrs/night, as that's what I thought should be healthy. ??

But, due to stress/worry, a high strung personality, and metabolic disorder/NES/insulin issues (which have improved with paleo and VLC), that has been a mark I can no longer achieve. ??Before VLC, I would wake up 3-4hrs after falling asleep, from a stressful dream and feelings of panic and fear, with my heartbeat hard and rapid, and usually with a hunger so deep and profound , I could sleep no more. ??I've had some success with diet fixing this, and chalked it up to disregulated hormone signals at the wrong circadian timing (insulin, cortisol, ghrelin, leptin). ??

Even now, I wake up in the middle of the night, I try to sleep more, and end up even more tired when I get up 8hrs later. ??I have always in my mind wanted to sleep 12/1am-8/9am, for social reasons. ??

Last month, I just got the hell out of bed when I woke up, which was 5am. ??I was still going to bed at 12am. ??That 5 hrs of sleep made me feel better and more alive than any broken 8hrs I'd had in years. ??

I started worrying 5hrs was not enough, so I kept my 5am wake time, and started going to sleep at 11pm. ??Then I worried again that I may need more (even though I was feeling good and alert all day), so I went to bed at 10pm, trying to extend it to 6am (the 8hr goal). ????

But all that happened was that the earlier I went to sleep, the earlier I'd wake (I always fall asleep immediately when I lay down, it's staying that way that's the problem). ??I began waking at 4am (but stayed in bed till 5am)!

Lately I've settled in to going to sleep at 10:30pm, and getting up at 5am. ?? Actually though, I wake at 4:30am or so. ??

Really, I sleep for 5-6hrs, and ??more often than not, 5hrs. ??My body refuses to sleep more. ??If I try to go back to sleep, what little broken sleep I get is stressful and makes me feel tired. ??If I get up when I wake up, I'm alert. ??If I may around, I'll fall into a half-sleep sort of drugged out fog.

So what gives? ??Is it possible I need only 5-6hrs sleep? ??I lift heavy 3x week, climb, and stay active every day. ??



on June 23, 2012
at 03:49 AM

its perfectly normal

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Why not? Everyone is different. If it works for you, keep doing it!

You may also want to check out bi-phasic sleep: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/biphasic-sleep/


on June 23, 2012
at 04:44 AM

When I get like this, I take 200 mg of L-theanine before bed. It is an amino acid. Here is a link that discusses it a little.

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on June 23, 2012
at 03:13 AM

you can insert a nap during the day to see what happens. [a nap is 30min tops]

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