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#16 Dennis

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 08:57 AM

I need about 7 hours every night. That seems to do me.
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:58 AM

I get about 6 hours of sleep each night. I wake-up early in the morning, like clockwork, but I never miss the Jay Leno show at night :unsure:


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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:16 AM

Over the past nine months Ive been working pretty consistant 10 to 14 hour days almost every day of the week. Despite the hours, I have actually been able to get enough quality sleep most days to keep myself from feeling tired. Proper diet, getting excercise, staying hydrated, and trying to leave stress behind me when I step into bed have been key.

I also recommend sleeping in a cool (about 68 degrees) and dark place free from interruptions (i.e. turning off your phone).

As my schedule allows, I also try and take several short naps during the day, particularly after eating. It's pretty amazing how much of a difference a 20 minute nap can make to your energy level.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 12:24 PM

6 to 6 1/2 hours seems to be what my body requires. I fall asleep with Leno ending... or Conan beginning, and almost always wake up at 6:30-7:00 regardless of whether I have an alarm set. I almost never nap, at least intentionally, unless I fall asleep editing my video after a long day in the sun diving.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:11 PM

I suspect, but am no expert on this, that when one's metabolism is at a normal level from getting a good balance exercise in their daily routine, that 6-8 hours of sleep will feel like enough for most folks. I'm a night owl, hating to get up early of a morning, yet even when my job scedule demands being in at 6am as it has this week, I still get in bed late or else simply have a hard time falling asleep. As the result, I get by with 5 hours of sleep, but really feel draggy througout the day. I'm not a day-napper though, so after a few days I do start feeling a sleep deficit and welcome the coming weekend. In this week's case, relaxation will come via Holbox, and I'm sure the excitement of a trip there will provide an adrenaline rush to offset any sense of feeling sleepy.
While there are days when sleeping in late feels good, and I may wind up with 10-11 hours worth of sleep, I don't believe I've ever felt I've really needed that much. 7-8 hours, providing I'm getting some exercise of some sort, does seem enough. I've also heard numerous times that we don't need to "catch up" on sleep but rather that the body begins to recover once it simply gets a normal amount of rest...8 hours being typical.

I have felt that lack of exercise is really my worst enemy regarding my sleeping habits. After all, the more you sit around the more your metabolism will tend to drop. The more your metabolism drops, the less energy you feel to have, and the easier it is to not get up and get some exercise, and thus you get into a vicious circle of getting lazier and lazier unless you just get off your ass and do something about it. So I keep telling myself at least. I do believe that to be true, yet I'm still not getting quite the amount of exercise or rest that I need, and staying up late at night playing with new photo toys doesn't help either! LOL! On the other hand, going out to the lake and snorkeling with a camera that is 5-6 lbs. negative, seems to give me a "good tired" feeling that helps me sleep while also giving me a feeling of having gotten some decent exercise. I won't be able to keep up with the whale sharks this weekend, but every little bit helps! :cheerleader:

There are those days when, even with a proper night's sleep, I still get sleepy. Those are the days when I'm at work usually! Nothing is better at putting me to sleep than sitting at my work desk, editing dull documentation, or sitting at a test bench with warm air drafting up through the equipment while I'm also surrounded by a lot of white noise from the forced-air cooling of that equipment. A building with no windows to let in natural sunlight doesn't help either. :hiya:

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:12 PM

I sleep until I wake up. No alarm clock. My body knows when it's rested, and I listen.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:21 PM

Whatever it is, I rarely get it. My stupid cats are usually waking me up. And with a teenager who stays out late, I'm usually up a couple of times until he is home. But the good thing is, I can fall asleep while he's out. I just don't stay asleep.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:13 PM

A good amount depends on the individual of course but I have read 6-7 is average. It changes as we age of course.

I am usually not a good sleeper. I go for days on just a few hours (last night about 3 hours of broken sleep) and end up exhausted and will crash early later in the week. I sleep the worst when I know I have to be up early or have a lot on my plate the following day.

I dated a guy for a while who didn't even own an alarm clock...like Perrone his body knew when it was time to get up. I was way too anal and always had to set the alarm on my phone just in case!!!
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:39 PM

I sleep until I wake up. No alarm clock. My body knows when it's rested, and I listen.


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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:39 PM

Now some nights I've actually had up to 8 hours of sleep, but I am still waking up dog tired. Isn't 8 hours enough?? I am drinking all the proper amounts of water, eating well, and taking vitamins during this time - so it's not that.

What am I doing wrong? Do I need more hours of sleep during more intensive brain days? Anyone have the answers here?

Me so sleepy...... :D

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OSA - Obstructive Sleep Apnea. You may want to get tested for it. It's very treatable.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:47 PM

OSA - Obstructive Sleep Apnea. You may want to get tested for it. It's very treatable.

Sleep Apnea Information

Thanks for the link, but I don't fit those symptoms, except for the sleepy. I am happy I definitely don't fit: "frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. (The patient may be unaware of this symptom -- usually the bed partner is extremely aware of this"

Now I had a diver once that did. It was frightening at best when he wold make these sudden sounds where you thought he was choking then dead silence! All you could think, "Is he ok?"
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 02:05 AM

OSA - Obstructive Sleep Apnea. You may want to get tested for it. It's very treatable.

Sleep Apnea Information

Thanks for the link, but I don't fit those symptoms, except for the sleepy. I am happy I definitely don't fit: "frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. (The patient may be unaware of this symptom -- usually the bed partner is extremely aware of this"

Now I had a diver once that did. It was frightening at best when he wold make these sudden sounds where you thought he was choking then dead silence! All you could think, "Is he ok?"


Sleep Apnea is not the only sleep disorder, but it is one of the most common and most treatable sleep disorders. If you have a sleep disorder you will not know unless you see a sleep specialist and undergo a sleep study. If you are having a problem the sleep study is worthwhile.

Also, with sleep apnea, you may have some of the symptoms and not other symptoms. The only way to know is see a specialist and take the study.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 12:54 PM

I am also a terrible sleeper and rarely wake rested. My father does have sleep apnea but they do not suspect that I do (no high BP, no weight gain, no snoring, etc). Due to my frequent waking, I have recently been prescribed sleeping pills but I try to avoid them unless I can't help it. This adversion to them was solidified on Tuesday night when I was staying at my parents' place due to work. My mom told me that she had come into my room looking for one of their cats, my dog decided it was time to go play and I called him back (to no avail of course). I remember NONE of this!! Guess I will simply deal with my insomnia instead. Seems less hazardous to my well being...

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 01:29 PM

Sleep? what is that? Is this something new the LDS is selling? How much is it? :P


The worst week I experienced working with little or no sleep totaled 126 hours. That was following 80 hours the first week and 90 hours each for the second and third weeks. We were working on the $197,000,000 expansion of the BWI airport back in the 90's. I was lucky enough to have a whole month to complete all my work for the entire airport! Sometime I will have to remember to thank them!!! I guess after I am gone, I will be able to catch up on all the sleep I have been missing! :(

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 01:36 PM

You guys ever think about changing a mattress or a pillow? I had trouble sleeping on my oh-so-expensive pillowtop some years back and just started sleeping on the floor. Slept MUCH better. Did that for probably 4 years. Now I sleep on a futon. I guess my body just likes a very firm surface to sleep on.

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