Are You Wasting Time In Bed?

I don’t need a lot of sleep. That does not surprise me because my father does not need a lot of sleep either. Usually about 5.5 hours is enough for me. If I go to sleep at midnight or 1am, I am usually wide awake at 6 or 6:30am and I start my day with everyone else. If I fall asleep at 10pm, however, I usually find myself wide awake before 4am, staring at the ceiling.

That,s when I start my day ahead of everyone else.

If you are a heavy sleeper and you know you need 8 or 9 hours of sleep per night, you can move on. You won’t get a lot out of this column. On the other hand, if you are tossing and turning in the wee small hours of the morning, or you find yourself channel sur


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9 Responses to Are You Wasting Time In Bed?

  1. It’s not about the amount of time you put it. It’s about productivity…

    If I can get a full nights sleep and as a result be more productive then that is where I think the value in a good sleep is.

    If I can put in half the hours and get twice as much done then I think that makes much more sense. I did this all throughout college and it worked out nicely.

    Anyways, that’s just my thinking.



  2. Stephan says:

    great post, and i wish i was a person that didnt need 8-10 hours of sleep a night to not feel exhausted. I would love to go to the gym before work, but I just cant get myself out of bed because i am so tired. i am hoping that the older i get, the less sleep i will need. wish me luck!

  3. snshijuptr says:

    I’m with Stephan. Bring on the less sleep needs. My grad advisors joke that grad students don’t need sleep and I just stare at them. I’m always exhausted at the end of the day and need my 9 hours of sleep.

  4. Stacy says:

    sometimes i find myself being unproductive and off tasking at work to the point where now I have a to-do list printed in my cubicle.

  5. Lee says:

    I am in my 50s and had a heart attack in my 40s. Before then, I could get on with only 4-6 hour sleep per day. Now, I require more

  6. Larabelle says:

    I would love to be able to live on less sleep, however that is not the case. I need at least 8.5 to 9 hours each night in order to be productive during the day.

  7. John says:

    I definitely need 8 hours or else I’ll be tired. I love sleeping!

  8. cschin4 says:

    Some people are “high energy” and simply don’t need a lot of sleep. I have a very successful friend who is like that and that is just her nature. I wish I was like her but I am not. And, I don’t want to go nonstop 24/7.

  9. Gail says:

    I can get by on a good solid 6 hours a night, but I also need at least one nap a day and even more when my arthritis is really acting up–one of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis besides the pain is fatigue! The hard part is I live with a hubby that needs around 10 hours of sleep a night. Since he is self employed at home and I’m on disablity we have worked it out to our satisfaction. I get about 4 hours every morning when I can do my own thing. I haven’t set an alarm clock in 8 years and I think that is so much more healthy to wake up and get up when you are done sleeping than having a a mechanical device decide for you that it is morning.

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