Sleep, Glorious Sleep!

[I do find it sort of appropriate that I've began to yawn after starting this post.]

I've always been pretty open with the fact that underneath my 23 year facade, I'm secretly a granny in disguise. Especially when it comes to my bedtime - generally it's around 8.30-9pm on a weeknight! But honestly, at the end of a long day at work, crawling into bed at night (even if it is with a book and a cuppa or some episodes of Melrose Place) is the perfect thing to do.

I find it incredible though, that even after going to bed so early and having a fairly long sleep, that I can still have the ability to wake up tired. How is that even possible? If it weren't for my trusty mobile phone alarm, I could happily keep right on snoozing until I woke up of my own accord. I'm guessing my extra tiredness factor lately is stemming from my recent habit of exercising in the afternoon . . . but it's anyone's guess. Ah well - I'm just going to enjoy being able to sleep diagonally for the next few months as much as I possibly can!

So tell me; how many hours of beauty sleep do you need a night?


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Nathan Pralle said...

The question is, how many hours do I *need* or how many hours do I *get*? :)

I technically need probably 8 to 9 hours. Although my body will gladly take more if I let it on the weekends, I've found that sleeping past 9 hours makes me all whonky for the rest of the day -- I feel crappy, am cranky, and usually have headaches. I'm just better if I don't, no matter how tired I might be when I wake up.

Most nights I get between 5 and 6 hours, sometimes 7, it depends. I just can't justify going to bed before midnight when I have so much to get done and I don't get home till 6pm from work.

I'd be curious to know if you kept this sort of schedule (in bed by 9) when you were at Uni? I knew a girl who did that (because she felt that was, 'responsible') and almost completely and totally missed out on everything fun and interesting about college life because, as you probably well know, nothing interesting happens until after 10pm around a university. :)

Erin said...

I need a solid 8 hours of sleep at night. Since I get up at 5:30 a.m. during the week, I usually make it to bed between 9 and 9:30....sometimes earlier if I'm really sleepy. But, I have to be careful not to sleep too much in one go, or I'll be horribly cranky in the morning. This is tricky on Saturday when I just want to stay in bed all day!

Denise said...

Maybe you got too much sleep last night, and that's why you're still knackered this morning?

I find that I work best on either seven and a half hours or nine hours. Eight just doesn't seem to work for me. On the weekends, though, I'll go for ten hours at a time, along with a napper sometime during the afternoon, usually.

I feel like there is a lot we have to tell one another, but if you keep up with the LJ, you should be pretty up on what's going on in my life.

Brie said...

6-8 hours. Any more than that, I'm headachy, more tired and cranky.

Lara said...

to really feel rested i need about 9-10 hours a night. yes, really. however, i generally get closer to 6 hours a night during the week, and i try to make it up on the weekends.

janet said...

10 is good, 12 is better :) (doesn't happen often!)

E :) said...

How many I need? 9.
How many I want? 12.
How many I get? 6. If I'm lucky, 7.

Eugh.

Katie said...

Too much sleep is just as bad as too little...
I work most nights until 9:30pm so my bedtime is generally 10:30-11pm. I get up depending on when Phill goes to work - sometimes it's 7am, sometimes it's 9am. On Saturdays I work a mammoth shift which involves me getting up at 6am. So my sleeping time is varied, but I like to relax in the mornings (with the occasional housework) before going to work in the afternoon. I guess my work times throw my sleep out as well.

Kelly said...

I can function on 8, but I'd much prefer 10. 12 hours is a little too much for me, though.
Hell, I've been getting 8 hours a night for the better part of a year... but I still need more!
Any less than 8 hours, and you don't wanna know me that day. Seriously.

kirby said...

I used to be able to get by on about 4... for a while there it was all I was getting. Thanks crappy life-sucking mortgage company.
Now, I try to get 6-8 hours every night, but I still wake up tired, and end up either living on coffee, or lying down for an hour or so when I come home from work. I still haven't gotten used to how physically demanding my job is... kudos to me, i've only been doing it two years.
stink.

Heather (in Scotland) said...

I generally go to bed at around midnight and get up at about 7am. I'm enjoying taking an afternoon nap when I can; being 9 months pregnant I guess I'm storing up for the sleepless nights ahead!

grungedandy said...

Sleep, oh to drift off into the white fluffy clouds, I wish I could have 8 or 9 uninterrupted hours (it doesn’t happen very often I’m usually ill if it dose) for some reason I always wake after about 4 hrs & it takes about another half an hour to an hour to get back to sleep for another 4 if I’m lucky. I thought this was normal but apparently it’s not, I’ve done this since a baby. I’ve messed up my poor mother’s sleep clock so much that she & I still meet on the landing sometimes about 1 am as I try to get to bed at 9.00 and up about 6.30 to 7.00 with only waking up once or twice if I’m lucky.
I should probably go do one of those sleep study’s and see why but I’m frightened about what they might find, as I’m I known wanderer (I moved around the bed a lot) and I’ve been known to sleep walk, once or twice right out the front door & up the street bear footed over glass, with my mother chasing me trying to get me to turn around LOL!

*G*

Lia said...

I need as much sleep as I can get! I try for 8 hours, but it doesn't always work. I also wake up tired; it's just a part of life now.

natalie said...

I get in bed between 8:00 and 9:00 (usually closer to 9:00) and read until I fall asleep, which may be 9:07 or 11:45 (but usually more like 9:45). I wake up at all hours because my dog sometimes needs FRESH! water, MORE! food, or to go pee. One would think that she's real tubby if she has to eat in the middle of the night, but she will sit with her bowl full all day and then gorge in the evenings. I don't know why. But I wake up between 5:45 and 6:30 on weekdays. I find more sleep = more sleepy, but sometimes you need a good long sleep. Exercising in the morning can help out A LOT if you have time.

Jenny*in*London said...

I try to get 8 hours a night, but it depends on the work schedule. I can function fine with six for a couple of days or four if necessary, but after a while, I get sick!

Laurel said...

I'd love to sleep 12 hours every night. If I get even a MINUTE less than 8 hours, I'm a wreck the next day. If I had to get to work in time for elementary school hours, I'd be in bed by 9 pm, too.

Michelle said...

I have the same problem as you, I go to bed around 9 during the week getting around 9 hours of sleep a night and I'm EXHAUSTED in the morning. I really do think it has to do with getting too much sleep, because I feel more refreshed on nights I only get 6 or 7 hours. Weird, isn't it?

And I use my cell phone alarm to get up in the morning too. Sometimes I want to throw that thing at the wall!

Teacher A said...

I can survive on 6, maintain my humanity with 7, but I really prefer 8 or more. My problem is I can't seem to get to sleep before 10:30 or 11, but have to get up at 5:30.

Kristabella said...

I seriously need 8 to function properly. But I rarely get that these days. I'm always up too late blogging.

In a perfect world, I would like to get 10-12 hours per day. And I'm sure I would still wake up tired.

It would just be nice to never have to wake to an alarm and just on my own accord, whatever time that may be.

Noelle said...

I need the 8. I wish I could store up the extra, but anything over 8 doesn't seem to make a lick of difference. The only times I feel good in the morning are when I'm well worked-out and have been eating right.

Julie said...

I can function on about 5-6 hours of sleep.

But I also love getting into bed early.
That never happens though....

Kris said...

too many if ya ask me! I get really good with a bedtime schedule and 8 hours becomes enough then i screw up and go to bed later and later and then mornings get too hard. Ongoing battle.
Anyhoos alynda dear your writing style and humor just absolutely floor me you are SO GOOD and so funny and i clicked over to you mums blog and read some there too and shes equally hilarious
you guys are wonderful!

Leslie said...

Double digits baby, double digits. 10 or 11 and I am feeling goooooood. I can maintain on 8 1/2 or 9 though. Less than that and I am not a happy person.

heidikins said...

I need a solid 9.5 hours, however I usually end up with something closer to 7 and am typically a zombie until Sunday afternoon when I can catch up a little.

xox

elise said...

At least eight, or I want to kill myself.

cady said...

10-12. :) i'm like you...i go to sleep early and still am exhausted when i wake up. it sucks!





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