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Americans and sleep

Posted Sunday, March 9, 2008, at 3:47 PM

I've been reading and seeing so much about Americans failing to get enough sleep.

Allow me to plead guilty as charged. I haven't slept 8 full hours over five or six times in the past five years and far less than that figure before I retired.

How many hours per night do you sleep? And, how many hours would you like to sleep each night?

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I go to bed around 10:30 and get up at 5:30. I wake up about 4 times per night and I sometimes get something to eat, drink, or both, I also check the doors, kids, and watch T.V. I feel like crap every morning...

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 7:49 PM

Thom, I have noticed a big difference as well... Aspartame, can not be good for anyone. The sad part about it, it is in more products than we'll ever know. Many gums have it too!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 6:02 PM

I usually get around 6 to 7 hours a night. It used to not be enough. I would have to DRAG myself out of bed each morning. However, since I have given up EVERYTHING that has aspartame in it I have been getting about 6-7 hours and I wake up feeling great. Most of the time I even wake up before my alarm goes off. This has been the only major change in my routine for the past month, and it's the only thing that I can attribute the change to.

I did some research on this little gem that the FDA approved with some pushing from "Li'l Rummy". The effects of being off of that were very noticeable within the first week.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 5:48 PM

I only average 7 hours of sleep each night.. Some days I wake up easily, while on others, all I want to do is sleep... I don't understand it.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 3:12 PM

Speaking of sleep... Prescription sleep medications are NOT good for you... If anyone is currently taking them, do the research on the harmful side effects and the addictiveness.

When you need a pill to make you go to sleep, and anothe one to give you energy, something is wrong. Start eating healthier and exercise more. Your bodies are designed to sleep comfortably and without interruption.

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 2:49 PM

I must have sleep or I cannot function. I can't sleep during the night but could lay down on Sat. or Sun. afternoon and sleep until the next morning. I am being tested next week for sleep apnea because I am so tired all of the time. Even when I do get the required 8 or 9 hours I need I can drift off watching the 6:00 news.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 1:30 PM

Check with your doctor about any sleep problems.

They can be a symptom of an underlying disorder plus the lack of good sleep can cause some very dangerous problems all by itself.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 1:08 PM

I work 2 jobs so I average about 4 hours a night.

-- Posted by titansfan on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 8:43 AM

If I can get four hours of REM sleep I'm lucky. I am in bed for 7 to 8 hours per night but I wake up at the drop of a hat. When I wake up and look at my clock, I am happy if it says 3 a.m. That means I have at least had four hours of good sleep.

-- Posted by sfowler on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 8:14 AM

I consider it a good night when I get 5 hours of sleep now. Before retiring that figure was much less. Too many nights when I had a lot of sports to cover and the police beat was popping there was no sleep.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 10:22 PM

I have about 1 really good night of sleep a week. By a good night's sleep, I mean sleeping at least 7 hours without major interruption. At least 3 nights a week I'll sleep 3 to 4 hours, wake up & can't go back to sleep. I'll read or stay on the computer for a couple of hours & finally think I can go back to sleep & usually do. That interferes with my day's plans because I'm sleeping later. There are also nights I can't go to sleep or wake up early, but not as many of those as the interrupted sleep pattern.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 10:19 PM

I usually get about 6!!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 7:56 PM

I don't sleep a lot :>(


-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 7:42 PM

I try to get 8, but it's only 7 some nights. I am not "worth a durn" if I don't get at least 7.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 4:21 PM

I get too much sleep. I could sleep a full 8 at night, and still nod off in the midday if I'm not keeping myself busy. Too much sleep isn't good, either. I just can't seem to wake up sometimes.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 4:14 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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