How much sleep do you get each day?

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I often worry about people who don't seem to get enough sleep since I live with one.


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A recent article I read stated that while no one has died from lack of sleep, many people do things that are stupid and risky and die as a result of those actions. Apparently, the frontal lobe area of the brain is responsible for judgment and assessment is affected by the lack of sleep, which results in us making poor decisions, such as driving while overly tired.

Sleep research right here at the University of California in San Diego indicates that just one night's lack of sleep makes people slower and less attentive to usually simply things like speaking, typing, and listening. As the article said, "Neurons misfire and we look like goofs." LOL

Sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate themselves, so a lack of sleep can severely affect us, even to the extent weakening our immune systems, making us more susceptible to colds and other diseases.

Interestingly, areas of our brains can go into "microsleep," which is when one area of the brain shuts down with its functions taken over by a backup part of the brain. As with any backup system, though, it's usually not as good as the original, so our work can still suffer.

The sleep researchers here have a catalog of research involving 1.1 million people that indicates that seven hours of sleep is optimal, with five or six being okay. Eight hours or more of sleep each day increased the risk of an early death, as did four hours or less of sleep.

Apparently, sleep is cumulative, so if you're a cat-napper who gets five to seven hours of sleep each day, you should be okay.

Get 5-7 hours of sleep each day
for optimum health.


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Kevin Pierce
Cascade Builder Services - Tacoma, WA
New Construction Warranty Management

Jim, I'm curious about your last sentence that sleep is cumulative.  From my understanding, the 7 hour recommendation is 7 hours of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.  Do "nappers" really accumulate 7 hours of REM sleep?

Oct 11, 2008 10:52 AM #5
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Kevin. If they are true nappers, like my Partner is. A true catnapper can fall asleep in mere minutes and get that REM sleep in.

He's been to the Boston Medical Center, Houston Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center to try to put an end to his catnaps but has come to accept the fact that he is what he is. Unfortunately, sometimes he wakes me up at weird hours of the night when he gets up to go to work. LOL

Oct 11, 2008 01:32 PM #6
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I definitely love my sleep time.  Without it I feel grumpy and stressed out.  I have never had trouble falling asleep, but I have times when I wake up throughout the night.  That usually happens when something is worrying me and I can't turn my brain off.  I do best when I get to sleep around 10:30, and hopefully I can get 6 hours in before I start waking up.

Oct 12, 2008 03:12 AM #7
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Jim - I can relate, and have been haunted by inconsistent sleep during the night. I wake up, and really have trouble going back to sleep and sometimes just get up and start working!

Oct 12, 2008 06:38 AM #8
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

So when my wife asks why I wasn't paying attention to her, I can say that I was "microslepping"

Oct 12, 2008 07:35 AM #9
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

It takes me forever to fall asleep but I usually end up getting at least 7 hours sleep.  I think sleep is critical to good health.  My mom passed away too young and I think it's because she never slept.  She would sleep 2-4 hours a night and that is just not enough.  She never gave her body a chance to heal. Speaking of sleep, maybe I should go there.


Oct 12, 2008 04:57 PM #10
Rich Mielke
REMAX Results, Frederick MD - Frederick, MD
REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate

I can usually take a short nap for about 15 minutes when tired and wake up fine. I know I don't always get 7 hours of sleep.

Oct 13, 2008 01:25 PM #11
Terri Kincaid
ERA Brokers Consolidated - Mesquite, NV

I seem to be playing the catch up game - one weekend day I sleep in.

Oct 18, 2008 05:34 AM #12
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

I can't seem to get more than 4 - 5 hours a night.  If I go to bed early or late I get 4 or 5 hours and I up and wide awake.  Don't even worry about it any more.

Oct 18, 2008 05:53 AM #13
Gregory Lohr
Freedom Foreclosure Prevention Services - West Columbia, SC

I probably avg. 6 - 6.5 a night.  I stay up until I am tired.  If I go to bed before I am tired, I will toss and turn all night long, and will actually be awake until much later than if I had just waited until I was tired.

I've heard that those who live to very old ages usually get 7-9 hours of sleep.  They also eat a very healthy diet and they possess a very positive attitude in life.  The rest, just die younger.

Oct 18, 2008 11:59 AM #14
Edna Ledoux Jamieson
Lakeshore Rentals & Sales - Smith Mountain Lake, VA

I guess my time is limited since I sleep 8-10 hours a night. 

Oct 23, 2008 05:39 AM #15
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

One thing I am not guilty or is not getting enogh sleep. I get at least 8 hours with a 1 hour noontime nap. Yes the rest of the time you will find me working with more energy than people half my age.

Oct 25, 2008 07:51 AM #16
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Not enough, that's for sure. I have a problems "turning off" the brain. Sometimes I wake up at 4 am ready to go, and cannot get back to sleep.

Oct 25, 2008 08:07 AM #17
Laurie Logan
Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate - Madison, WI
South Central WI Real Estate

Hey Jim,

I am a late nighter - so I was anxious to read your post.  Finding, 5-7 hours needed with sleep being cumulative, works for me!

Thanks for the good news!

Oct 29, 2008 07:25 AM #18
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I like to get 7 but often get around 6 - I have read that 4 is not enough and that every hour you sleep beore midnight is like 2 after midnight. It has to do with liver repair and other organs, etc. Interesting question  and my answer also is not enough! Tonight I almost fell asleep at choir practice :)

Oct 29, 2008 02:14 PM #19
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Hey Jim,

My sister is the worst when it comes to falling asleep ANYWHERE! She has been to numerous doctors...and no one can come up with a reason for her simply needing to sleep all the time... in fact the other day she was late getting home from work, turns out she fell asleep driving home! And she drove onto the shoulder of the road and WOKE UP MOMENTS LATER!!! She scares us all the time with this "whatever it is" 11 year old daughter said it best: "Good thing she's not a BIRD!"

Oct 30, 2008 05:32 AM #20
Steven Max Parry - Utah Real Estate
Spectrum Real Estate - Riverton, UT

I guess I am going to die an early death, since I get 8 hours of sleep.


Nov 06, 2008 06:13 AM #21
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Lakeland, FL
New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida

I used to live on 5 - 6 hours - never a I need 6 - 7........(will not admit to anything about college - cannot really remember if I ever slept during college). 

Nov 09, 2008 01:10 AM #22
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I normally go to sleep at midnight and awaken at 7.  If I go to sleep earlier, I awaken around 2 feeling like it is time to get up and not a chance of gong back to sleep agan.  I'd love to sleep in longer on the weekend but the internal clock won't turn off.


Nov 09, 2008 03:17 AM #23
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

I used to get 7-8 hours.  THen I found Ar and now I read blogs so , about 4 hours

Dec 06, 2008 05:42 PM #24
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