How Much Sleep Do You Get Each Night?

How Much Sleep Do You Get Each Night?

Sleep is important, and you should make a point to get enough of it. As obvious as that seems, it’s advice that most of us just don’t follow well. How about you?

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Different people require different amounts of sleep. We’ve talked about how much sleep you need to work productively and also about how you can get better sleep instead of more.

Tell us about your experience with sleep in the comments.


  • I normally get 6 or so hours, I have the problem of being a night owl with a body clock that wakes me at 5am, so I have to force myself to go to bed at 11pm. Mind you I have a bizarre setup that works for me when I’m really tired and run down, I call it my “Late night reset” I stay up to 2 or 3am, but then I get up as normal at 5am, l only 2 or 3 hours sleep, but for some strange reason I feel like I’ve slept all night, I’ve got energy to burn and feel great for days afterwards, I don’t know why it works, but it does.

  • Like most people, not enough. I have trouble falling asleep, I’ve tried cutting out screens in the hour beforehand and not drinking coffee after 3pm, but still struggling.

    One thing I’m interested in is a “Sunrise Clock”, like the ones philips make ( In my old house I could wake up to the sun each morning, and it makes a hell of a difference. Trying to simulate that in my new house, but sunrise clocks are pretty hard to find in Aus. Anyone have any experience?

      • 6 months was worse than 18 month. My son use to wake every 1 to 1.5 hours and take 30-40 min to get back to sleep. Now he wakes every 2-3 hours. It’s pretty bad getting ripped out of a deep sleep regularly.
        I have been told it gets better after 3.

        • Negative 6months at the moment (i had my doubts that would be noticeable when i wrote it), the sleep deprivation its probably my most dreaded part.

  • I sleep for around 8 hours each night. I can function on less, by I feel best at around 8. I’m not great at sleeping in, even on the weekends, so I need to make sure I’m in bed before midnight pretty much every day.

  • If left to wake up of my own accord, I seem to settle around nine hours. But how I feel when I wake up doesn’t always seem to have much to do with how much sleep I’ve had. Last night I got eight and a half, but I woke a few times in the night, and this morning I felt like death warmed up when I woke up, and could easily have gone back to sleep (and nearly did without meaning to!)

    I’m lucky in that I can normally fall asleep easily enough, even when I wake in the night. My problem is making myself go lie down and put the phone down 🙂

  • I try to make sure I get 7-7.5 hours a night (10:30pm – 6am). Anything less almost guarantees me a migraine, so I’m pretty strict about getting to bed on time.

  • 6 hours, I get by.

    On 7 I’m a goddamned superhero!

    Anything more and it takes a while for me to wake up properly.

  • 8 hours during the week, 10 on the weekends. If I don’t get 8 solid hours I turn into a total jerk. When I cant sleep I’ll usually have a cup of coffee and a shower, that combo is like a club to the back of the head for me; out like a light.

  • I don’t cope well with lack of sleep, 8 hours preferred, 7 hours usually, and 6 hours seems to be my magical number where if I get any less (even 15 minutes less) I become completely and utterly useless the next day.

  • For some unknown reason, after much of my life not being a morning person, I seem to wake up consistently between 5:15am and 5:30am every day. It’s been over a year since I set an alarm, and that was only for an early flight.

    The real downer is it doesn’t seem to matter what time I go to bed, I’m still awake at the same time. Bad when you go out and don’t get home until after midnight.

  • Between 5 and 6… Although If im off kilter in anyway (ie. sick) Ill get between 7 and 8

  • 4.5 – 6 weeknights, 8 – 10 weekends. Can survive on 3h for a night or so if required. But need to catch up on weekends. Never been a morning person but have been trying to get to sleep earlier, and up earlier, for years!

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