Friday, September 12, 2008

I've Got a Question - You've Got an Answer

I remember reading somewhere once that as a person gets older one requires less sleep. Now I'm not sure if this is because as one gets older, one gets closer to that big final "dirt nap" and one hates to waste any of the waking moments one has left on earth but personally, I'm not buying it. Not lately anyway!

This week I am remembering exactly how awful it is to be sleep-deprived as I've really been cutting myself short in the sleep department. Between the hours I've put in at work, the fact that I've got a world famous British blogger visiting my house this week and it's way too easy to stay up late talking to her, and really messing up my sleep by going out to celebrate my birthday and staying out way past my bedtime before I had to go in to work a 16-hour shift I have done a bang-up job of wearing myself out!

Today sn't going to see too much time for rest either as I need to make final preparations for my upcoming vacation which starts tomorrow and I've yet to do a single bit of packing or even really given much thought to what all I need to bring to the beach house (which is located in Rhode Island and unfortunately not one of those lovely St. Martin villa rentals). I do know that I need to pack that huge bottle of vodka I've had in the cupboard for ages that Mags needs to use to make vodka penne ...

Anyhow, all that aside, the question for this post came to me Wednesday sometime during that long, long, long sixteen-hour shift at work wishing I had a couple of toothpicks to prop my eyelids open and wondering why on earth the clock seemed to be moving so slowly ...
How much sleep do you get per night? Do you think it's enough? Not enough?
While you answer that, I'm going to go get started on the myriad mass of things I have to tend to ... or not!

19 comments:

  1. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I take Benedryl to fall asleep but then wake up in 4 hours. But I breathe easier and Sioux doesn't care if I snore.

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  2. I try to get 7 hours but I've been waking up earlier and earlier lately.

    snore ............

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  3. I was running on six this past few weeks which was not enough as I'm a baby that needs its 8 hrs. It got better though in last few days and I fall asleep easier and get about 7 to 7.5 :o)
    Linda, have a wonderful vacation!!!

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  4. They say those that don't sleep enough are likely to be obese. hello thats my problem. actually i can operate better on less sleep than more. these days I am up at about 8 a.m. and up until 3 a.m. I've tried to medicate but i don't stay asleep and then if i over medicate i'm too sleepy the next day.

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  5. Next time ask about catnaps. =^..^=

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  6. wow! 3 readers here at once.

    you are popular

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  7. I do usually get enough sleep... now that all the kids sleep through the night for the most part I usually get 7-8 hours. Sometimes I still wish it was more though!

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  8. i sleep too much i know, about 9 hours most nights. and do you want me to count a nap in here? ha ha

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  9. Now that my son is taking the bus and it comes before 7Am I am up at 5:45 and hard to get to bed at 11, but shooting for 11:30 - midnight. As we get older we need more sleep, they say 6-7 should be the number. I am 48 and in summer was up late at night due to heat in home too hot to sleep and watching E! and other funny shows on tv that are on late.

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  10. Not sure about not needing as much sleep as you get older but I think you manage on less.

    I am usually fall asleep between 10.30 and 11.00 p.m. and am up at 6 a.m. to get ready for work. However I invariable wake up at 4 a.m. then drift in and out until just before the alarm goes off. I'm knackered!

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  11. I think I have too much at about 8 to 9 hours.

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  12. I find that I need less sleep as I get older. My mind is running 90 miles an hour with a million projects to do and I do my best writing late at night. When I was in my twenties I slept all the time and felt deprived if I didn't have 12 hours a night.

    I do love to sleep in however!

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  13. I do well with six or seven hours of sleep...uninterupted.

    Right now I am getting a couple blocks of three hours or so...and I am NOT a napper.

    I know I am having deprivation issues here and there.

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  14. Linda,

    Don't listen to that. It's not true that the older you get the less sleep you need. I'm 70 years old, and some days I feel I could sleep around the clock. Some nights I get 10 hours sleep.

    Have a wonderful vacation.

    I probably picked the wrong time to give you an award. However, it's there on my blog for you to pick up when you get a chance.

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  15. Not nearly enough these days...but I have a valid excuse this time, not blogging either! *LOL*

    I'm averaging 4-5 hours or so, but not all at once.

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  16. About 4-6 hours, and no, my dear, not nearly enough.

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  17. Regrettably I'm an insomniac and don't get nearly enough sleep.

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  18. about 5 hours..not NEARLY enough!

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  19. Hi, I am 59 years old and I sure do need at least 8 hours sleep. Don't you believe that you do need less sleep the older you get.

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