Jun 12, 2008 3:42pm

jovangarcia jovangarcia
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How long would you say a good sleep is and how important do you think it is when it comes to growing (when you are an adolescent)?

Jun 13, 2008 1:39pm

stephenb stephenb
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I came across this article the other day.

Jun 24, 2008 11:34am

AdamTKincaid AdamTKincaid
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That is a great article.

In response to your second question about adolescence, many studies have shown that younger children through late teens can function on much less sleep than adults. While everyone still needs sleep, most conclusions are that during childhood and puberty sleep is less important than it is later in life.

However, I have yet to see any research that shows the effect sleep can have on actual “growing.” In terms of muscles, sleep is the time when muscles heal themselves after a workout (hence the soreness the day after), and that is very important for lifters and those who exercise. But as far as growing is concerned, I am not sure if there has ever been a study to view the correlation.

Jun 26, 2008 6:36pm

tomk tomk
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i like sleeping too

Aug 29, 2008 11:27am

Melissa the Magnificent Melissa the ...
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Wow, I always thought you needed 8 hours or more. Very suprised to read you should only be getting 6.5-7.5. If I slept only 7 hours, I would be so tired and b*tchy the next day. I like 8 hours. Plus, it seems to be that if I only get the 6.5-7.5, I can’t think straight and I’m moody.

But, the article does say 6.5-7.5, so I guess thats what I’ll shoot for.

Aug 30, 2008 2:58pm

PaulBS PaulBS
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I am in bed for about 7 hours a night but get interupted sleep (children), I assume this is 7 hours straight. Does this mean I should go to bed earlier?
My wife could sleep for more than 9 if given the oportunity!

Sep 6, 2008 8:45am

stephenb stephenb
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I’ve looked into this topic a fair amount and you’ll find varying opinions. One of the more unique sleep schedules out there is polyphasic sleep (which is very interesting, although pretty crazy).

I used to get upwards of 9 hours per night as I entered college. Then, I realized that I was wasting time by sleeping too much, so I started to wane myself off of sleep (5-10 mins. less per night). I got down to 6:45 per night, and I could tell that my body wasn’t well-rested throughout the day. Ever since that experiment I’ve known that my ideal sleep time is in the 7-7 1/2 hour range. Looking back, I can also tell that getting 9 hours per night made me groggy for most of the day, and then I wasn’t tired enough to sleep until well after midnight (so you have to gauge your response to sleep all the way through till the end of the day also).

So, I guess my point is that despite what any study shows, only you can know what is really best for your body. Just be sure to judge not only by how you feel right when you wake up because that is dependent on your sleep cycles and won’t completely relate to your energy level throughout the day.

Sep 6, 2008 8:49am

stephenb stephenb
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However, I have yet to see any research that shows the effect sleep can have on actual “growing.”

Me neither. That would be interesting to learn about though. I would assume that after a hard day’s workout, your body may require more sleep to recover, but I could be wrong.

Oct 22, 2008 10:16am

kstech kstech
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Anyone have any recommendations for someone in college.

I pretty much of class and work all day. I generally get back to my apartment by 12:15am. Then I either have homework to do, or my friends want to party. I have spent a lot of nights not going to sleep until 6am. Then I wake up at 9 or so. Obviously not enough sleep.

I know there’s plenty of people that have been through the college life already. What do you suggest?

Oct 22, 2008 10:35am

lizanneh lizanneh
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The problem doesn’t seem to be the schedule that keeps you out until 12:15am, it’s what you do when you get home. If you went to bed at 2am, you’d have enough sleep.

Is your day truly back-to-back all day long, every day? Can you fit homework in through small bits of downtime during the day? Can you set two nights a week as the nights to hang out with your friends?

I remember the weekend started on Thursday when I was in college. No one expected me to go out and party on a random Tuesday night. Perhaps things have changed, or maybe you just need to set some boundaries.

Oct 22, 2008 10:47am

AdamTKincaid AdamTKincaid
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As a college student myself involved in 6 clubs and having two jobs, time is sparse for me as well. Finding time to sleep is a major issue for me, letting alone how to squeeze in a decent work out everyday.

You really only need about 6-7 hours of sleep to function well. I usually get home around 11:45, get to sleep then and wake up at 6 or 7 to work out or study (if I have a test). Throughout the day I do homework when I can squeeze it in.

You mention staying up late quite often. I was that way for my first year or so of college. I don’t know, it got old and I found other priorities to deal with. Partying for me comes on the weekends and a few nights a month during the weekday, but I never let it control my life. Usually, my buds will want to play video games or watch movies all night and then order some pizza. Nothing exciting that I dont care to miss.

Its all about priorities. Do you really need to stay up playing halo or watching 300 for the 16th time while chowing on pizza at all hours of the night, or would you rather be healthy and get things accomplished?

And my friends wonder why I get all the girls…

Oct 22, 2008 2:32pm

kstech kstech
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Thanks for the advice NC. I will admit it does get old fast, but the big problem with my school is that almost everyone goes home on the weekends.

So if I don’t do anything outside of my normal schedule during the week, then I don’t end up seeing the majority of my friends.

On the other hand, I can’t stand being out of shape anymore, so I am going to limit my social life a lot more.


Jun 3, 2009 7:10am

RosieLambert RosieLambert
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Get your sleep. They just released a study linking lack of sleep to obesity.


Aug 24, 2009 10:52pm

marisal marisal
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Sleep is very inportant. If you don’t get enough sleep your body has to work extra hard to do the littlest things. Your brain will take longer to do things. And you will feel like crap the whole day. Thats why you need all eight hours of sleep.

Sep 17, 2009 9:42pm

Noc Noc
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Importance of sleep out of 10? 11.

Sep 18, 2009 3:40am

manhelthy manhelthy
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Sleep is obvious need our body for stamina for next work.
Everyone tension free from the sleep….

Sep 22, 2009 5:59pm

RMX982 RMX982
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Ever since my son was born I sleep only 4.5 to 5.5 hours a night. I’ve been tired for 5 months now…

Sep 22, 2009 7:14pm

WSteven WSteven
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RMM82: Welcome to parenthood. :-)

Sep 22, 2009 8:25pm

RMX982 RMX982
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Haha thank you. It’s tough, but very worth it.

Sep 24, 2009 1:56pm

FattyBoomBoom FattyBoomBoom
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my record is 19 hours sleep. lol
i had 12 today for some reason also.
but usually i aim for 8.
i have been told you only get cranky with less sleep if you are not used to it.
if you get used to 7 hours a night, after a little while you should be fine.

Jan 22, 2010 10:27am

sivyr sivyr
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I would just like to point out that while that Time article on sleep is good, the study it discusses does not establish a causative relationship between oversleeping and health risk.

This is a very important thing to understand. Sleeping more may still be a good health choice. The fact that people who sleep more correlate to greater death rates could easily be the result of sedentary lifestyle or other factors that effectively amount to laziness.

Most people who can afford to sleep 8.5+ hours per night are probably not working full time, or may not be working at all. This doesn’t directly translate into sedentary lifestyle, but it does indicate that they have less things to do in a day, or possibly are missing work due to illness, etc. Of course, if either of these things are the cause of their being home and sleeping more, this likely translates into higher death rates.

I am only bringing this up because I don’t want people to read the results of this study and cut back on the amount of sleep they get, fearing that it will impact their health negatively. This study does not directly suggest that it will, so unless we hear more about this, I would suggest continuing with whatever you have been doing, as long as you feel it’s been doing you well.

Just don’t jump the gun on this. These results don’t mean very much in terms of planning a health lifestyle yet.

Jan 24, 2010 10:55am

icequeen_ah icequeen_ah
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Sleep is very important…I’ve noticed since going to be earlier and trying to get in at least 6 hrs that I’m functioning better during the day. I will say that the less sleep I get the more “swollen” I feel and I do feel that my new sleep habits are one reason I’ve started losing the weight finally.

FWIW I guess :-)

Feb 8, 2010 8:57pm

jamesjoel jamesjoel
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Feb 9, 2010 6:30pm

nancy82 nancy82
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Sleeplessness will very quickly have a bad effect upon the eyes. Many suggestions have been forthcoming as to the best methods of inducing sleep, the most foolish of which is probably that of counting thousands of mythical sheep, or some similar exercise which merely helps to keep the brain active. A simple and oft-times very effective measure is to lie comfortably on the back and let one hand lie on the chest, the other on the abdomen. Breathe just ordinarily, but quietly aim at doing it rhythmically without raising the chest, merely breathing by raising and lowering the abdomen. One of the latest scientific and thoroughly successful methods is that outlined in another chapter under the heading of “swaying or swinging.”


Feb 14, 2010 8:56pm

nativehealth nativehealth
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