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Optimum sleep time

Posted by Andy Thacker on November 26, 1997 at 09:59:07:

Although I do not suffer from any sleep disorders as such, I wondered whether anybody could offer me some sleep-related advice. I become frustrated that I spend such a large amount of time sleeping when overall I'm quite a busy guy. I have heard of people who can cope with only three or four hours sleep a night successfully for years. Is there such a thing as a generally accepted 'optimum amount of sleep'? I find that after six hours sleep I feel fine, but after seven I feel a disaster area! Can we 'train' ourselves to have less sleep? Does having, say, four hours sleep a night have adverse long-time health benefits? Do we need more of less sleep if we are fit, than say, very unfit?

Cheers.

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