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Should I be worried if I need it least 12 hours of sleep to function well?

Should I be worried if I need it least 12 hours of sleep to function well?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What number of hours of sleep do you need to be well rested?

What number of hours of sleep do you need to be well rested?

It depends: We generally recommend for patients to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night and to evaluate how they feel. Sleep needs also vary between individuals, largely due to cultural and genetic differences. Some recent studies seem to suggest that 7 hours may be the optimal amount of time for sleep, but again this can vary. ...Read more

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If i'm going to get 5-6 hours of sleep each night, what is the best way to make the most of that and ensure that i feel as well-rested as i can?

If i'm going to get 5-6 hours of sleep each night, what is the best way to make the most of that and ensure that i feel as well-rested as i can?

By getting the best: Quality of sleep possible. Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on. ...Read more

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How to get a good 8 hours of sleep?

How to get a good 8 hours of sleep?

Use good sleep: hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least. ...Read more

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Could it be good to get 6 hours or 7 hours of sleep?

Could it be good to get 6 hours or 7 hours of sleep?

Yes: 6-7 hours of sleep per night as a non growing adult is adequate for optimum health. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have at least 4 hours of sleep everyday?

Not usually: Average of sleep we need as an adult is about 7-8 hours. There is a small portion of population who sleep much less, wake up refreshed and stay concentrated and functional during the day. They are called "short sleeper". All of studies reveals that people out of normal range of above mentioned average of sleep should expect shorter life expectancy. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep per week do you need to function?

How many hours of sleep per week do you need to function?

Not week, night: Most adults do best with 7 - 7 1/2 hours of sleep per night. You can cut it a bit short and make up for it on weekends, but that's not near as good as that solid 7 every night. ...Read more

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Is it bad for me to sleep late even if I get at least around 7 hours of sleep daily?

Healthy sleep patern: The best sleep is at night as light, noise and temperature all have an impact on quality of sleep, studies now show importance of quality sleep for memory, attention span and overall ability to function while awake as well as body weight. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep a night is needed in order for your memory to function properly?

How many hours of sleep a night is needed in order for your memory to function properly?

Average sleep: It depends on person age, the younger you are you ned more sleep. As an adult average is considered at 7-8 hours, but some need more or less even. ...Read more

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Sir at the least how many hours of sleep is needed...Am nw preparing for the final year mbbs exam?

Sir at the least how many hours of sleep is needed...Am nw preparing for the final year mbbs exam?

7.7 hours: On average the best amount of sleep is at least 7.7 hours. That is not the amount of time you are in bed, but the actual time asleep, which is always less than the time in bed. ...Read more

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How is it that some people are able to function normally even with only 4-5 hours of sleep each night?

Quality not quantity: Sleep occurs in 4 stages: stage 1 is the lightest sleep, stage 4 is the deepest (aka rem or rapid eye movement) sleep. Your ability to function depends on getting sufficient deep sleep as this is the sleep that allows you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Some have trained their bodies to get to stage 4 sleep quickly, almost bypassing stages 1-3. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I need to take at least two naps a day after getting 8 hours of sleep a night. What's wrong?

I need to take at least two naps a day after getting 8 hours of sleep a night. What's wrong?

Possibly sleep apnea: Sounds like you're not getting a good night's sleep. Have there been events in your life that have disturbed your normal routine: stress, death, illness, etc? One other possibility is that you may be suffering from sleep apnea where for some reason your airflow is being cut off & you're waking up periodically throughout the night, which would interfere with getting a good night's rest. Check w/ md. ...Read more

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I seem to be tired alot. Even after getting at least 6 hours of sleep. Should i be concerned?

Yes: See a sleep medicine specialist. 6 hours of sleep is not adequate for you. You should shoot for 7-8 hours per night. Practice sleep hygiene. See one of dr. Heidi fowler's excellent reviews of sleep hygiene on healthtap. Download a sleep diary ( google it online) and track your sleep patterns for four weeks before you see the sleep doc and bring the diary with you to the appointment . Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a good time to take melatonin 3mg tablet to get a good 8 or 9 hours of sleep at night? Exspeacily someone with diebates type 1.

What is a good time to take  melatonin 3mg tablet to get a good 8 or 9 hours of sleep at night? Exspeacily someone with diebates type 1.

"Melllowww" -Cheech: I have read one-half to one hour before beddy-bye, but just as important are the so-called 'good sleep habits.' In this case, getting into bed in a low light and doing something relatively passive other than watching TV or staring at a glaring computer screen or much that requires a lot of intense thinking. Maybe listen to some music (other than Led Zep or Black Keys). Key concept: Mellow, dude! ...Read more

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I get at least six hours of sleep, but i wake up at odd hours and go back to sleep easaly. But i don't fill like i've had enough sleep. I'm tried?

Don't worry: I presume you work in different shifts. Or perhaps you watch a lot of tv shows late at night. Ideally, try to go to bed and sleep at almost same time each night. But it's not feasible in the real world. Cut back on intake of coffee, soda and energy drinks ask your dr for some sleeping meds. Make up on your sleep on the weekends or your days off. Good luck friend! ...Read more

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Why do school children require at least 9 hours of sleep?

Why do school children require at least 9 hours of sleep?

Not sure: Exactly why people need certain amounts of sleep--or any at all--remains an ongoing area of study. Individual variability it quite high, but generally younger individuals need more sleep than older folk. About 9-10 hours is usually a good target for children. A good measure is how easily they awake in the morning (especially non-school days). Hard to rouse in the morning: not enough sleep. ...Read more

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I'm 17 years old. How many hours of sleep is good for me and what time should i go to bed? I have to wake up at 5:45 am.

Varies: At your age the amount of sleep necessary is variable. You should listen to your body as it will "tell" you when you are sleepy enough as in you'll feel well rested and energetic. As a rule aim for the range of 8-10 hours per night. Good luck. ...Read more