- Am I getting too much sleep for my age?- how much sleep is enough for you?
When going to sleep, you should always aim to do a set amout of sleep cycles (one cycle is 90 mins long). Rather than sleeping for 8 hours, try doing 7.5 instead. When waking up after a full cycle, you’ll feel refreshed and full of energy, if you wake up in the middle of one, you’ll feel sleepy and tired.
I always aim for 5 sleep cycles – 7.5 hours and it’s working great 🙂Posted 5 years agoMosesMember
I reckon 8.5 hours for me. It’s best if I wake without the alarm, but that will depend on the next day’s workload etc. At 60 I feel I’m entitled to my rest.
With regards to Jedi’s “sleep cycles”: there’s a fair amount of variation from the 90 minutes he quotes, so if yours is 96 minutes then the 5 cycles would be 8 hours, if it’s 80 minutes then 6 cycles is also 8 hours.Posted 5 years agopeterfileMember
8 hours always feels too much for me. I never seem to make it past 6am either, regardless of when I go to bed! I always set an alarm, but never need it. Can never stay in bed once i’m awake either, which makes horrible winter mornings seem a bit long.
6-7 hours tends to feel about right, but if I am particularly busy then I start naturally sleeping a little bit longer.Posted 5 years agofootflapsMember
Well I could have gone to bed at 8pm last night, but stayed up till 10 to keep the wife company.
What’s really weird is that come 7am when the alarm goes off I’m fast asleep Monday to Friday and feel tired, but at the WE when the alarm is off, I wake up at 7 on the dot feeling really awake!Posted 5 years agobikebouySubscriber
hora – Member
Much of it depends on how active you are too I reckon.
Did a 30mile ride last week- got back at 8 and I was struggling to keep awake after 9. pissed me off tbh. – Normal, you will find more excersize makes you tired until your regime is embeded, say 3-4mths
Should I start drinking coffee after 4pm?! – No, your body clearly is telling you to sleep, so guess what? Yup, Sleep.
The best tv doesn’t come on till after 10pm as well. – Wrong, if you miss stuff record it or OD/iPlayer it.
FIFY/HTHPosted 5 years agoarrpeeMember
8 hours a night sounds like heaven to me. Doesn’t sound excessive at all, especially, if you’re riding a decent amount. Just think of all that good recovery time you’re getting.
Between kids, working, “training” and maintaining domestic equilibrium, I’m lucky to get 7 hours a night. I can (and often do) function on less, but I start to fall apart pretty quickly, turning into an angrier, less-funny Norman Wisdom.Posted 5 years agoFreesterMember
Dude. Are you snoring at night?
I had a similar problem, 8, 9 , 10 hours and still could snooze after lunch. It was identified as mild Apnea (sp.?).
I was offered a CPAP machine or gum shield type thingy (holds your jaw forward stops the snoring). I took the gum shield I feel miles better since. 7-8 hours is enough for me now.Posted 5 years agoUrbanHikerMember
Regarding getting the right number of “cycles”, I’m fairly sure this has been dis-proven now. Although if you wake up in the “wrong” bit of the cycle you can feel bad initially, once you have fully woken up there is no difference when compared to waking up in the “right” bit of the cycle. Granted that it does feel better if you wake up in the “right” bit of the cycle, in my experience its almost impossible to do consistently.
As for required amount of sleep, it took me till my 40s to find out that I need close to 9.5 hours to feel fully refreshed. Can get away with less, but only for a night or two before productivity drops and grumpiness increases dramatically. FWIW the extra time spent in bed, is easily offset by the increased enjoyment of days when I get enough 🙂Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Probably need around 8 hours, but I’m not very regimented about when I go to bed, so it varies from night to night. My fitbit tells me I average 6-7 hours, but that’s often broken by a small child’s nocturnalism.
Dr North is useless on less than 8 hours and ideally needs around 10 hours. Often more.Posted 5 years agoseosamh77Subscriber
I’m 36, I need 8 hours sleep or a feel terrible(can get away with 7 but no less). Have always been like that. will always be like that I’d imagine, if that changes, then i’ll start getting concerned. I’m fairly consistent about the sleep I get, if i’m not I can start getting insomnia, which is a pain till I normalise my sleep pattern again.Posted 5 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Worked shifts for 30 odd years or so. Tomorrow I start my 4 day(2 days+ 2 nights),12hr shift cycle.
My sleep pattern will be something like;
Tonight, bed sometime between 10 to 12. Up @ 5. 5ml cycle to work for 6.
Repeat for Fri.
Sat, up around 8/9am or whenever grand kids decide to get up. Work @ 6pm – 6am.
Sun, sleep till 12/1pm ish if kids are quiet 🙄 Work @ 6pm – 6 am.
Mon. If no an non phone calls might sleep till 1pm but rarely any later.
Then off for 6 days, usually up around 7/8am with MrsT and bed anytime between 10-12pm.
MrsT can’t get enough sleep but there are medical reasons for this.Posted 5 years ago
Son is like me and as well as 2 kids to look after he tends to do work at nights. Finished a 5yr day release degree recently and is talking about doing another now that he has changed jobs!!
Daughter is a primary school teacher with 2 kids and also can’t get enough sleep. If I pick her up in the car for any reason first thing she does is roll up a jacket, tucks it against the car door and falls asleep ❗DracSubscriber
Use to be about 3 or 4 hours too but now it’s around 6 or 7 hours. Not sure I feel any better for it.
As for the sleep cycles, well as a night shift working sometimes I get cycles like that coming off nights. Don’t do it it’s bloody awful and throws you all to pot for a day or two.Posted 5 years agoSuggseyMember
After 30 years of an average 4-5 hours a night over that time I make every effort to go to bed once I feel tired and wake up naturally after about 8.5 hours to 9 hours a night and it’s the best feeling in the world! Never feel jaded or tired anymore, but then I’m a retired 49 year old.Posted 5 years agospw3Member
Loum, Freestyle and UrbanHiker have it.
Unfortunately the rest of the advice is unhelpful.
The amount of sleep you need now should be the same as it was 10-15 years ago but you should be both falling asleep and waking earlier because you are getting older.
If 8hrs used to feel refreshing and now doesn’t its time to get yourself referred for assessment.Posted 5 years ago
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