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I Get Less Than 8 Hours of Sleep

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    Ellytheoutcast Ellytheoutcast 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    I generally sleep 3-4 hours a night,

    I function exceptionally, is it detrimental or just simply optimal? Recovery process is sufficient and resourceful. Feedback?
    amyleedesign amyleedesign 26-30, F Sep 19, 2014

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    Gian422 Gian422 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 15, 2014

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    Insomnia

    I've had insomnia since I was a kid and by now I've learned to live with it. I usually get between 5-6 hours of sleep at the most. That seems to be all I need. I never wake up tired anymore so it works for me.
    bvb1123 bvb1123 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 23, 2011

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    Me Too

    i get less than 8 hours of sleep too but i want to say to all of us... BAD!!! BAD BAD BAD!! lol! i just read an article in prevention that says your brain really just doesn't do all it needs to if you don't get enough sleep. which explains a lot
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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    I Miss Sleep

    I think there was a time many, many years ago when I did sleep for 8 hours. But not anymore. Having insomnia is the main problem. But even with sleep aids, which do help me sleep now, I only get about 6 hours of sleep. 7 on a good night. I guess it's not a lot less than 8...
    mimsy2 mimsy2 26-30, F Nov 15, 2008

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    Professional Help Is Needed

    A person I knew told me "If I don't get eight hours of sleep I can't function." I told her "If I get more than four hours of sleep I can't function either." I gave up trying to make myself go to sleep. Why look for sleep when you could just wait for sleep to...
    FallenSoul FallenSoul 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2008

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    I Think It Can Not Continue...

    but it does. It's insane, even when I manage to get to bed at 10.30pm I am still awake at 1am. Even though I wake at 5.50am when the alarm goes off, am brain dead in the day for a while, and as soon as I have eaten tea I am wide awake again. Even if I do my weights and kill my...
    Endthegame Endthegame 41-45, M 1 Response May 26, 2011

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    I'm Never Tired

    Ok school nights I go to sleep at 1am and then wake up at 6 or 6:30 am. Summer nights I go to sleep either at 3am or 4am then wake up at 10am or 11am. Either that or I just stay up all night and don't bother to sleep at all. Sometimes, when I train I'm usually a lot more tired...
    stripesANDsunshine stripesANDsunshine 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2008

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    did you know that people

    who get around 6 hours of sleep live longer than those who get 8 or more? science and stuff look it up
    RaigaKurosuki RaigaKurosuki 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Someday, Maybe

    Between my children and my weird working hours, I rarely get more than 6 hours a night. I wake up at midnight 6 days a week and go to work. I actually really like my work schedule. I know it wouldn't work for everyone, but I have come to enjoy it. My boys have a...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2008

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    Especially This Week . . .

    Late nights, with all 8 o'clock games for the World Series. Go Red Sox! :-)
    TimeTrvler TimeTrvler 51-55, M Oct 30, 2013

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    More like 3 a night. Then a random 2

    or so during the day. I don't know why, I hate it. I'm so tired..
    reeessa reeessa 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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    I've Always Stayed Up Late

    When I was very young, I can remember lying in bed at night, staring at the illuminated dial of the clock in my room, and holding my breath as long as I could, just too pass the time. I got so good that I could hold my breath for two and a half minutes or more. When I was a...
    AlternateSource AlternateSource 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 15, 2010

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    Lolllipoop Lolllipoop 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    I Average About 3-4 Hours

    I  think it's because I am a little high strung sometimes, and have a hard time turning my brain off. Right now is a little hard, but manageable.  I wish I could sleep longer, but can't do it.   Now - do I want to ever take a nap? ...
    MizzBlue72 MizzBlue72 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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    Only Need 6 Hours

    Im a person who can happily survive on very little sleep, although lately things have been changing a bit and I find myself tired a lot of the time.
    NiRiada NiRiada 22-25, F Aug 24, 2011

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    Still trying to figure out

    if this is per night or per week. Sometimes both qualify. Thank heavens for good coffee as my morning drug of choice. :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 4

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    Unfortunately, Yes.

     Due to my class schedule and my natural night owl tendencies, I usually get about 5 hours of sleep each weeknight. I sleep in on the weekends when I can, but I usually have to get up for work. I've always been one to need a lot of sleep to function, so this basically...
    Jenniedvm Jenniedvm 18-21, F Feb 3, 2009

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    6 if I'm lucky, 3-5 most nights.

    I'm the sort of person who can never get to sleep till I'm actually tired so I may go to bed at 10 pm and lay there till 3 am and still have to get up at 7:30 am for school/work, ahh well after being like this my whole life I've kinda settled into the routine
    Wannalovelife Wannalovelife 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 13, 2014

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    About 5 Hours Is My Average

    I dont know anyone who sleeps a whole 8 hours that is under 60. I know its healthier and supposed to help you grow, but hey people are busy and "having a life" reaches into all hours of the day. Sleep is overrated anyways.  
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 31, 2008

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    Yeah, I don't sleep more

    than 5 hours & I don't want to because I feel like I'm 'wasting' my life . My 'record' was when I slept only 40mins and I wasn't tired at all :).
    XxxxMemories14Xxxx XxxxMemories14Xxxx 13-15, F 8 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    Yep

    I am a night owl and get awoken in the mornings very early, and unable to fall back asleep again.  Even if i try to go to bed earlier, I will not fall asleep until the early hours of the morning.  I have always been this way.  I would get most of my studying done...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Dec 4, 2008

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    I just don't sleep. Sleep is something

    nonexistent in my world. I get tired and feel exhausted but I can't ever sleep. I've tried everything to help me sleep but nothing works.
    GreenEyess GreenEyess 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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    CascadingCoquette CascadingCoquette 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 7, 2014

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    Well..Sometimes

    On school nights, I very seldom get eight hours of sleep.  However, on days that I can sleep in, I sleep in all right.  I've slept until dark before :-P
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 29, 2008

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    Somehow I make it work.

    Go to bed around 1:00 maybe later, get up at 6:00 (earlier on work days) and go the whole day WITHOUT coffee *gasp* and then stay over again the next day. Maybe 4-5 hours of sleep on average. People say I'm crazy. I think I'm... Unique... Sure. Or yeah... Maybe a little bit...
    scrtasnman13 scrtasnman13 22-25, M Sep 18, 2014

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    I Sleep Less Than 8 Hours Naturally.

    I sleep between 6 to 7 hours every night, any more and I am tired all day. I take a 10 to 15 minute nap every day (this is a must have but no alarm clock) and it feels great. I never set an alarm clock, I almost always wake up naturally.
    GaryMorris GaryMorris 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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    Major Sleeping Issue

    Well u may already know one reason why i dont want to sleep.. bite marks from my dreams.. NOT FUN! Also when i am tired and i try to sleep i cant fall asleep.. When im not tired i want to sleep. I hate it! =P grrr!  Sometimes i can see myslef laying in bed when im...
    GrunBun GrunBun 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 29, 2008

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    I'm A Night Person...

    I don't know what it is about me and sleep but I can never seem to get more than 8 hours unless I over sleep on the weekend. I am a night person.
    Val3ntine Val3ntine 18-21, F Jun 9, 2010

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    I thought maybe if i got into bed much earlier

    than normal that I would be able to fall asleep with the snap of my fingers, but no. Now I am just lying here with thoughts swirling through my mind, nothing too deep or depressing. But just recaps of my day, examining the things I have done, what other people have done, the...
    issieharrison issieharrison 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 12, 2014

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    I NEVER get more than 5 hours of sleep being a

    middle school student. School is ridiculously laborious.
    whyusteens whyusteens 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    I Just Can't Do Eight Hours...

    I try and then end up grumpy the next day. What's a woman supposed to so?
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2008

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    Whoever Gave Sleep a Number Is Mean

    I got about 2 hours, just about, last night or rather this morning. I wouldn't feel so bad if it wasn't drummed into my head all the time that I need 8 hours. Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I do get by on my 2 hours, sometimes even less. Today I will...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 10, 2008

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    Hmm like 7? But it's not enough

    for me I work full time and I need my rest
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 13, 2014

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    Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy Pooooooooooop

    during the day i poop my pants every 4 hours at nite every 4 mins i work till 4 am and get up 4 school 45 mins later the end ppppppppppppooooooooooooooooppppppiiiiiinnnnnnnnnngggggg paaaaaannnnnnnnnnttttttttsssssssssssss rrrrrrrrrrulllleeesssssssss
    poohpantshead poohpantshead 13-15 Mar 17, 2010

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    Another 5 Hour Sleep

    Oh another 5 hour sleep last night. I don't think it's a terrible thing. I mean I do it on purpose. Wake up at 7 for classes at 10, work out for an hour, have breakfast, and get ready. Back to school so back to 5 hour nights. I'm so excited! :P
    sheepey sheepey 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5, 2011

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    I've been awake for 52 hrs

    now ... Good night
    austin1218 austin1218 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 22, 2014

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    8 Hours

    I hate it when I cannot have my 8 hours of sleep.  Sleep is important and wish I can sleep 8 hours or more.  I'm jealous if you do, lol.  ;P
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F May 9, 2012

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    What?

    People actually get 8 hours of sleep? Well good *******, that's not fair. 
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 8 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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    If I fell asleep right now, I'd get three hours and forty minutes of sleep before I have to get up for work. I'm tempted to just stay up. I only have to work for five hours...
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