Peggy, Week 14: Couldn’t 8 Hours Be A Myth?

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I believe different people need different amounts of sleep. Growing up, my siblings and I never slept in. (See my last blog about Grandma Webb.) My father, my brother and I all became doctors. We all had our children fairly young, and while we were in training or shortly after joining our respective practices, so sleeping in was never part of our adult lives either. Right now I get about 6 hours of sleep a night and I’m used to it.

But I know plenty of people, like my sister-in-law, who love to sleep in. There are, of course, individuals who need 8 or 9 hours of rest a night.

Regardless of what some studies may show, I don’t think you can make a blanket statement about how much rest we all need. Also, according to my Fitbit activity and sleep tracker, my sleep efficiency is terrific! It takes me about 3-5 minutes to fall asleep. I rarely wake during the night, and never for more than a minute. I may sleep 6 to 6.5 hours, but I must drop immediately into REM sleep.

Peter has had a few bad nights sleeping due to a knee injury, but everyone else sleeps like a log! Amanda, 15, and Christina, 20, occasionally sleep in on a weekend. They would stay in bed reading a book until 9 am.

How much rest do you think you really need each night? Post a comment and tell me!