originally posted by: AthlonSavage
humans need 8
That seems to be the sweet spot number, 8 hours. Overall, it doesn't matter if it's two 4-hour chunks or all at once, humans seem to definitely thrive
when having a cumulative total of 8 or so hours of rest. Some people can sleep a straight 8 and wake up wired, some can sleep in chunks and be wired.
It's the total deep sleep rest time that counts, not how long at a time they slept.
Ultimately, it just boils down to knowing your body and sleeping accordingly. Not everyone can sleep a solid stretch without feeling fatigued and
"hungover", and not everyone can tolerate bimodal/block sleeping without pushing exhaustion or feeling homicidal
My husband's a bimodal sleeper, IMO. He can sleep for 3-4 hours, get up and do whatever without fatigue for several hours, and go back to sleep for
3-4 more and be revved and ready to go for 12 hours of work.
The bimodal sleep pattern is hit or miss for me, sometimes it works, but lately, it more often than not does not with a BIG emphasis on "not".
My husband switched from overnights to day shift recently, occasional bimodal sleeping wasn't going too well for me before, and still isn't now trying
to make sure he gets up at 3am on time. Actually, the bimodal method is absolutely wrecking me the last week, I'm consistently dead on my feet day
after day. Yesterday was my best night's sleep in a week, and it was a solid 8 hours, no bimodal waking.
I told him this morning that's it, I can't keep sleeping like that, he's going to need to rely on his alarm as a fallback, not me, it's
counterproductive. I'm ending up exhausted too early in the day and no amount of napping is balancing it.
edit on 12/2/2018 by Nyiah because:
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