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    No less than about 7, though 8-9 leaves me feeling more well rested and all around more positive and active
    I envy people who can function normally on little sleep :frown:
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    I need at least 9 hours.

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    It's been so long since I've gotten enough, I don't even know. I think at least 8 hours though.

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    I voted for don't keep track, but it's usually somewhere between 8 to 16 hours at a time. then I'll be awake for 12 to 96 hours at a time

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    Around six hours, the world is too big to sleep more than that, at least for me.
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    I once heard that some very young, dynamic and successful buisnessman/ executive had said that he doesn't understand it when people don't have enough time for sleep and spear time. It's so simple: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of spear time, and 8 hours of sleep. 8+8+8=24. What's so hard about that?

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    8 hrs, I exercise/play sports a lot, I need at least 7-8 to feel well-rested. I can't sleep more than 9 tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    I need at least 7-8 to feel well-rested. I can't sleep more than 9 tho.
    I'm exactly the same.
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    I seem to generally need at least 7-9 hours. So I guess I'll vote for the 8+ option.


    Semi-related: I heard once that if you have insomnia and can't sleep, just quietly laying there gives you about 70% of the rest you need. I haven't verified it, though.
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    I sleep from 10pm to 2am wake up for an 10min and then go back to sleep to about 5:25am. I wish I had someone wonderful to walk with in the mornings; I love the morning air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minde View Post
    Semi-related: I heard once that if you have insomnia and can't sleep, just quietly laying there gives you about 70% of the rest you need. I haven't verified it, though.
    that's what I tell my kids to do when they can't sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron View Post
    that's what I tell my kids to do when they can't sleep.
    it worked on me as a kid, heh.

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    Like with BG, it varies. I need a lot of sleep, though. I think ten hours is a good number for me. Part of my thing is that I refuse to use alarm clocks.

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    Also, having such a broken sleep pattern absolutely messes with your brain. It isn't a good thing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron View Post
    that's what I tell my kids to do when they can't sleep.
    It's what I tell my older one too. LOL.

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    Lying still does actually help you sleep. I've been practising with wake-induced lucid dreaming, and I have noticed that I start drifting off; whereas if I just toss and turn in bed it can take quite some time before I suddenly realise it's the morning

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    I can make do with 5 hours of sleep when I have to, but somewhere around 9-10 hours gives me the greatest degree of comfort and most helps me be creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Also, having such a broken sleep pattern absolutely messes with your brain. It isn't a good thing at all.
    Too true.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Lying still does actually help you sleep. I've been practising with wake-induced lucid dreaming, and I have noticed that I start drifting off; whereas if I just toss and turn in bed it can take quite some time before I suddenly realise it's the morning
    My experiences are similar. I also find that LD is very much dependent on sleeping patterns; the first time I managed to get one was when I slept regularly for about 8 hours a night. I was getting good at it, then went out of town for a few days with my friends - needless to say we slept little and there was no more lucid dreaming for me for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Lying still does actually help you sleep. I've been practising with wake-induced lucid dreaming, and I have noticed that I start drifting off; whereas if I just toss and turn in bed it can take quite some time before I suddenly realise it's the morning
    I didn't realize that was actually a thing. I always did think it was kind of weird that I could sort of start dreaming before I was all the way asleep.
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    I don't keep track. Here's the deal: if I'm active the whole time, I can just go forever and not sleep (I mean, obviously there's a limit to this, but I can power out 24-36 hours, although past 24 I get cranky), or do three to five hours a night or something like that. But after a certain point, if I don't have something to do, I immediately fall asleep, regardless of where I am.

    I always did think it was kind of weird that I could sort of start dreaming before I was all the way asleep.
    I do that too! It's weird, right?

    Also, Si-valuers are always telling me about how I need to sleep more. Grrr... *shakes fist*. I'm busy doing Se overachieving stuff, leave me alone with your petty concerns for how I'm destroying my body and such!
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverchris9 View Post
    I do that too! It's weird, right?
    If by weird you mean the most awesome thing in the world.
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    I read a few places that the healthiest hours per day of sleep was 7.5-8, which nowadays I stick to 8 hours with an alarm. I used to only get 4-6 hours a day all through high school but I actually need the sleep in college. Once this semesters over I'm going to switch to polyphasic sleep(1 Core Sleep period of 0-6 hours + 1-6 20 minute naps per day; gradual until 0 Core hours and 6 naps) , which'll give me 6 more hours of waking life per day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
    I read a few places that the healthiest hours per day of sleep was 7.5-8, which nowadays I stick to 8 hours with an alarm. I used to only get 4-6 hours a day all through high school but I actually need the sleep in college. Once this semesters over I'm going to switch to polyphasic sleep(1 Core Sleep period of 0-6 hours + 1-6 20 minute naps per day; gradual until 0 Core hours and 6 naps) , which'll give me 6 more hours of waking life per day.
    For the sake of this thread finally getting derailed, I would like to point out that the only person I know who had a plan like that was LII, too. approach to -HA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiss View Post
    For the sake of this thread finally getting derailed, I would like to point out that the only person I know who had a plan like that was LII, too. -HA?
    I must say, I find that strange! (I mean, the plan itself, not the fact that they're LII)
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    I generally get 8-9 hours of sleep. I can get by on less. I'm a rechargeable battery; the less sleep I get, the sooner I drop. My energy levels aren't effected; my endurance is.

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    mm.. SLI and I never get as much as I want. Preferably I would have 10, but even then I think I could do with a 2 hour nap sometime in mid afternoon...

    But meditation helps for when I want to go to sleep. Works every time

    Oh, and if I ever get less than 8 hours, I doze off when if and when I get bored at any point in my day. I just can't help it

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    I can barely ever sleep for more than 6-7 hours at a time. I will eventually get back to sleep if I stay in bed long enough, so I like to get about 9 to 11 if I can. I can function just fine with anything over 4.
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    I'm abnormal when it comes to sleeping schedules. If I could have things my way, I would not conform to the 9-5 work schedule. I would greatly prefer sleeping twice in a day with about 4 hours per session. INFj.

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    I did the test where you pick three days in a row and go to bed at the same time to see when you get up without the aid of an alarm clock, and I apparently need 9 hours minimum.

    This was also true when I was a kid, and then when I was a teenager. My mom always thought I was being lazy, but I've never felt well rested unless I got at least 9 hours.

    And I'm not sure about that lying still theory, when I do that on nights I can't fall asleep I still feel totally wrecked in the morning regardless of how still I stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiss View Post
    For the sake of this thread finally getting derailed, I would like to point out that the only person I know who had a plan like that was LII, too. approach to -HA?
    Maybe, although I don't know if it's particularly healthy. Leonardo Da Vinci supposedly done it, and Kramer on Seinfield failed at it. Adapting to instantly falling asleep at nap time is the hardest part. The people who have succeeded for at least a month, claim the adaptation period takes from 1-2 weeks and is described as "getting hit by a bus over and over". But once that's over you can fall asleep a few seconds after you lay down. And you can remember a significant larger proportion of your dreams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Lying still does actually help you sleep. I've been practising with wake-induced lucid dreaming, and I have noticed that I start drifting off; whereas if I just toss and turn in bed it can take quite some time before I suddenly realise it's the morning
    do you have any advice on how to not wake up from a lucid dream? I'm pretty solid on reality checks to make me realize that I'm in a dream, but have a problem with staying asleep after the realization. Vero helped me some by suggesting that I make the direction I take a lucid dream logical (don't try to just make Kate Moss appear out of nowhere and start fucking her in the butt, but make myself travel from where I am in the dream to Kate Moss's house to do it).

    With the slipping into a lucid dream from awake thing my problem is that as soon as the dreams become "solid" in my minds eye I realize that I'm starting to dream and pop back awake on the realization.

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    Having pulled two all nighters in a row, I don't know how to answer the OP .

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    Quote Originally Posted by he died with a felafel View Post
    they don't really exist though (esp. in the long-term), sleep is important for everyone...
    Oh I'm not talking long term, I mean people who can maybe go a night with little, to no sleep, and still be able to function through that; an LIE guy I used to go to school with was like this, you'd never know that he was up all night working on stuff
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    i have an extremely varied sleep schedule. sometimes i need 6hrs, sometimes i'll go days without sleep, other times i sleep for 12hrs straight. the only thing consistent is that i tend to wake up (if not already) around 2-4 am, sometimes i fall back asleep but other times i can't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiss View Post
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    ... and yes, I know it's bad.
    Same here. I might get a decent nights' sleep once, maybe twice a fortnight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie84 View Post
    I envy people who can function normally on little sleep :frown:
    They aren't: they r just destroying their mind and body, it's like asking for money, you get a lot of money first but then you have to restore the debt with an interest rate. In the long term, sleeping 8 hours per day is the wise thing to do

    Quote Originally Posted by Bionicgoat View Post
    I voted for don't keep track, but it's usually somewhere between 8 to 16 hours at a time. then I'll be awake for 12 to 96 hours at a time


    Quote Originally Posted by Maritsa33 View Post
    I sleep from 10pm to 2am wake up for an 10min and then go back to sleep to about 5:25am. I wish I had someone wonderful to walk with in the mornings; I love the morning air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie View Post
    i have an extremely varied sleep schedule. sometimes i need 6hrs, sometimes i'll go days without sleep, other times i sleep for 12hrs straight. the only thing consistent is that i tend to wake up (if not already) around 2-4 am, sometimes i fall back asleep but other times i can't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khola View Post
    Same here. I might get a decent nights' sleep once, maybe twice a fortnight.
    That's not exactly what I meant, I should have said "recharge phase". I become increasingly sleepy during waking hous, until I start sleeping 10-12 hours for a few days, then I tend to fall into regular 8-10 hours, but after a while I'm too rested to sleep and start staying up more again, until I reach ~3 hrs a night, and the cycle repeats - takes anywhere from two weeks to a month.

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