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Palo Alto, CA
A 48-year-old male asked:

Is 6 hours of sleep per night enough?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tonga Nfor
Cardiology 17 years experience
7-8 hours of sleep: 6 hours of sleep may not be enough for most adults. 7-8 hrs of sleep per day averaged over several weeks is considered adequate.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
It is a a bit short.: though many people function on less sleep, most people need 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Also it take 3 to 5 days go catch up when someone is sleep deprived so often sleeping in on the weekend is not enough.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes.: Six to nine hours of sleep nightly is generally sufficient.
Dr. Valerie Cacho
Sleep Medicine 13 years experience
Sleep duration: Average sleep time is 6-8 hours. If you feel like you have enough energy to complete your daily activities without the desire to nap sounds like 6 is enough. However if you are dragging your feet and need to drink caffeine to keep you going more sleep is recommended.

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