Normally, how many hours of sleep do you get a day?

Posted by: PetersSmith

I love how the pictures just get progressively darker as you go down.

20 Total Votes

7-8 hours of sleep.

In the 1970s, Ann Faraday and others helped bring dream interpretation into the mainstream by publishing books on do-it-yourself dream interpretation and forming groups to share and analyze dreams. Faraday focused on the application of dreams to sit... uations occurring in one's life. For instance, some dreams are warnings of something about to happen—e.G. A dream of failing an examination, if one is a student, may be a literal warning of unpreparedness. Outside of such context, it could relate to failing some other kind of test. Or it could even have a "punny" nature, e.g. that one has failed to examine some aspect of his life adequately. Faraday noted that "one finding has emerged pretty firmly from modern research, namely that the majority of dreams seem in some way to reflect things that have preoccupied our minds during the previous day or two." In the 1980s and 1990s, Wallace Clift and Jean Dalby Clift further explored the relationship between images produced in dreams and the dreamer's waking life. Their books identified patterns in dreaming, and ways of analyzing dreams to explore life changes, with particular emphasis on moving toward healing and wholeness   more
9 votes

5-6 hours of sleep.

Two researchers have postulated that dreams have a biological function, where the content requires no analysis or interpretation, that content providing an automatic stimulation of the body's physiological functions underpinning the human instinctiv... e behavior. So dreams are part of the human, and animal, survival and development strategy. - Professor Antti Revonsuo (2000) has limited his ideas to those of "threat rehearsal," where dreams exercise our primary self-defense instincts, and he has argued this cogently in a number of publications. Keith Stevens extends the theory to all human instincts, including threats to self, threats to family members, pair bonding and reproduction, inquisitiveness and challenges, and the drive for personal superiority and tribal status. He categorizes dreams, using a sample of 22,000 Internet submissions, into nine categories, demonstrating the universal commonality of dream content and instinct rehearsal. It is postulated that the dream function is automatic, in response to the content, exercising and stimulating the body chemistry and neurological activity that would come into play if the scenario occurred in real life, so that the dream does not have to be remembered to achieve its objective.   more
6 votes

6-7 hours of sleep.

Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, or react. It is a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, characterized by complete muscle atonia (... muscle weakness). It is often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (such as an intruder in the room) to which one is unable to react due to paralysis, and physical experiences (such as strong current running through the upper body). One hypothesis is that it results from disrupted REM sleep, which normally induces complete muscle atonia to prevent sleepers from acting out their dreams. Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation   more
2 votes

9-10 hours of sleep.

In 1953, Calvin S. Hall developed a theory of dreams in which dreaming is considered to be a cognitive process. Hall argued that a dream was simply a thought or sequence of thoughts that occurred during sleep, and that dream images are visual repres... entations of personal conceptions. For example, if one dreams of being attacked by friends, this may be a manifestation of fear of friendship; a more complicated example, which requires a cultural metaphor, is that a cat within a dream symbolizes a need to use one's intuition. For English speakers, it may suggest that the dreamer must recognize that there is "more than one way to skin a cat," or in other words, more than one way to do something   more
2 votes

3-4 hours of sleep.

Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep; it can be either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and c... ognitive function. However, in a subset of cases sleep deprivation can, paradoxically, lead to increased energy and alertness and enhanced mood; it has even been used as a treatment for depression (see below). Few studies have compared the effects of acute total sleep deprivation and chronic partial sleep restriction. Complete absence of sleep over long periods has not been seen in humans (unless they suffer from fatal familial insomnia); it appears that brief microsleeps cannot be avoided. Long-term total sleep deprivation has caused death in lab animals   more
1 vote

2-3 hours of sleep.

Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a very rare autosomal dominant inherited prion disease of the brain. It is almost always caused by a mutation to the protein PrPC, but can also develop spontaneously in patients with a non-inherited mutation variant ... called sporadic fatal insomnia (sFI). FFI has no known cure and involves progressively worsening insomnia, which leads to hallucinations, delirium, and confusional states like that of dementia. The average survival span for patients diagnosed with FFI after the onset of symptoms is 18 months. The mutated protein, called PrPSc, has been found in just 40 families worldwide, affecting about 100 people; if only one parent has the gene, the offspring have a 50% risk of inheriting it and developing the disease. With onset landing around middle age it is essential that any potential patient be tested. Otherwise one would realize they had FFI only after potentially passing it on to their children. The first recorded case was an Italian man, who died in Venice in the year 1765   more
0 votes

1-2 hours of sleep.

The WSJ's Melinda Beck identified a new elite group, which may induce even more envy than billionaires or aristocrats: The Sleepless Elite. These are the 1% to 3% of the population who live happily on just a few hours of sleep per night. During th... e day they don't need caffeine, as they are energetic and upbeat. They tend to be thin, thanks to a fast metabolism, and they have a high tolerance for physical and psychological pain. Now before you decide that you are a sleepless elite, psychiatrists give this warning: Out of every 100 people who believe they only need five or six hours of sleep a night, only about five people really do, Dr. Buysse says. The rest end up chronically sleep deprived, part of the one-third of U.S. adults who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, according to a report last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, only a handful of small studies have looked at short sleepers—in part because they're hard to find. They rarely go to sleep clinics and don't think they have a disorder. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Leonardo da Vinci are suspected to be short sleepers. But not all short sleepers are highly successful   more
0 votes

0-1 hours of sleep.

Extended bouts of sleeplessness can cause an array of physical symptoms and might eventually kill you. The effects begin within the first 24 hours of sleep deprivation. First, the body undergoes subtle hormonal changes—cortisol and TSH levels increa... se, leading to a rise in blood pressure. A day or two later, it stops metabolizing glucose properly, creating carbohydrate cravings. (This phenomenon may have gone unnoticed among the detainees, who were already on a calorie-restricted diet.) A person's body temperature will also drop, and his or her immune response becomes somewhat suppressed. All of these physiological changes are reversible, though—take a nap, and you'll be on the road back to normal. It's possible that given enough time, sleep deprivation can kill you. While no human being is known to have died from staying awake, animal research strongly suggests it could happen. In the 1980s, a University of Chicago researcher named Allan Rechtschaffen conducted a series of groundbreaking experiments on rats. After 32 days of total sleep deprivation, all the rats were dead. Curiously, researchers still do not agree on the cause of death. It's possible that the rats' body temperature dropped so much that they succumbed to hypothermia. Another theory posits that the rats' immune systems became so depressed that bacteria normally sequestered in their intestines spread throughout their bodies—though Rechtschaffen counters that his rats perished even when they were administered antibiotics. A third explanation points to some evidence of brain damage among the sleep-deprived rats. It's also possible that extreme levels of stress contributed to the rats' demise. There's every reason to believe that humans would experience the same end result if they were kept awake for long enough. Our knowledge of prolonged, complete sleep deprivation in humans is limited because intolerable psychological effects such as hallucination and paranoia take hold long before the more severe physical symptoms. Most human studies involve no more than two to three days of complete deprivation or a week of partial sleep deficits. Data on more prolonged sleep deprivation come from anecdotes, animal research, or surveys of chronically sleep-deprived groups like medical residents   more
0 votes

8-9 hours of sleep.

It was in his book The Interpretation of Dreams (Die Traumdeutung; literally "dream-interpretation"), first published in 1899 (but dated 1900), that Sigmund Freud first argued that the motivation of all dream content is wish-fulfillment, and that th... e instigation of a dream is often to be found in the events of the day preceding the dream, which he called the "day residue." In the case of very young children, Freud claimed, this can be easily seen, as small children dream quite straightforwardly of the fulfillment of wishes that were aroused in them the previous day (the "dream day"). In adults, however, the situation is more complicated—since in Freud's submission, the dreams of adults have been subjected to distortion, with the dream's so-called "manifest content" being a heavily disguised derivative of the "latent" dream-thoughts present in the unconscious. As a result of this distortion and disguise, the dream's real significance is concealed: dreamers are no more capable of recognizing the actual meaning of their dreams than hysterics are able to understand the connection and significance of their neurotic symptoms   more
0 votes

Over 12 hours of sleep.

For people who suffer from hypersomnia, oversleeping is actually a medical disorder. The condition causes people to suffer from extreme sleepiness throughout the day, which is not usually relieved by napping. It also causes them to sleep for unusual... ly long periods of time at night. Many people with hypersomnia experience symptoms of anxiety, low energy, and memory problems as a result of their almost constant need for sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing momentarily during sleep, can also lead to an increased need for sleep. That's because it disrupts the normal sleep cycle. Of course, not everyone who oversleeps has a sleep disorder. Other possible causes of oversleeping include the use of certain substances, such as alcohol and some prescription medications. Other medical conditions, including depression, can cause people to oversleep. And then there are people who simply want to sleep a lot   more
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10-12 hours of sleep.

Although not dismissing Freud's model of dream interpretation wholesale, Carl Jung believed Freud's notion of dreams as representations of unfulfilled wishes to be simplistic and naïve. Jung argued that Freud's procedure of collecting associations t... o a dream would bring insights into the dreamer's mental complex—a person's associations to anything will reveal the mental complexes, as Jung had shown experimentally—but not necessarily closer to the meaning of the dream. Jung was convinced that the scope of dream interpretation was larger, reflecting the richness and complexity of the entire unconscious, both personal and collective. Jung believed the psyche to be a self-regulating organism in which conscious attitudes were likely to be compensated for unconsciously (within the dream) by their opposites   more
0 votes

4-5 hours of sleep.

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic or actigraphic evidence of d... isturbed sleep, this sleep disorder is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "Do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?   more
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Reeseroni says2015-06-18T21:24:56.3382273-05:00
I think that my sleep duration increases over the summer, but I suppose I can answer on average.
rphk123 says2015-06-18T21:39:21.9520734-05:00
Lol, the pictures
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T21:40:18.5654131-05:00
Triangle.128k: You could at least be serious.
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T21:48:43.7757457-05:00
I'm being completely serious, sleep is for the weak.
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T21:49:19.9558417-05:00
Triangle.128k: Whatever.
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T21:49:25.6836834-05:00 Here, skip to 3:28 of this video, it shows how useless sleeping is.
reece says2015-06-18T21:52:54.7901046-05:00
@triangle.128k Have fun with your mental instabilities in adult hood.
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T21:53:29.7815775-05:00
The studies claiming of the side effects of little-no sleep is a lie created by the illuminati! The illuminati wants us to sleep so they can go on their missions at midnight uncaught!!!
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T21:56:22.2584943-05:00
Triangle.128k: Read the description for the option you picked.
reece says2015-06-18T21:57:12.2189332-05:00
@triangle.128k Was trolling your original goal or did you just realize how much of an idiot you are?
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T22:00:32.2377015-05:00
Relax, i'm just joking around.
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T22:27:30.3914842-05:00
Triangle.128k: *Lynches you*
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T22:37:38.0885055-05:00
So, why don't I feel anything?
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T22:38:34.5615915-05:00
Triangle.128k: Welcome to the afterlife.
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T22:42:19.6929706-05:00
Okay, so reading some text sent me to the afterlife? That's pretty amazing how my computer monitor can display text that can kill me.
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T22:48:10.1034594-05:00
Triangle.128k: No, I mean not feeling anything.
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T22:49:45.9762366-05:00
So you're pretending to lynch me in the afterlife or something? I'm very confused.
PetersSmith says2015-06-18T22:53:36.8361426-05:00
Triangle.128k: Never mind -.-
triangle.128k says2015-06-18T22:59:49.2777048-05:00
Looks like I outsmarted you to the point where you just had to give up.
PetersSmith says2015-06-19T00:08:01.0773524-05:00
Najs: Actually, most recently I heard you're supposed to get 9.
eagleoftheeast says2015-06-19T01:50:21.2110082-05:00
Ah final exams week
Mister_Man says2015-06-19T20:12:40.0625450-05:00
Well I've heard you can function properly and retain all information off of four or five 20 minute naps a day. Apparently your brain reacts the same way as if it got a full eight hours sleep at night.
triangle.128k says2015-06-19T20:21:29.8881382-05:00
Are you serious?
PetersSmith says2015-06-19T20:22:04.0245949-05:00
Triangle.128k: We can "hear" a lot of things.
Mister_Man says2015-06-19T20:37:16.2850809-05:00
My friend tried it out and he didn't feel tired at all. Every 5 hours or so he took a 20 minute nap, and felt completely fine. So sleep isn't "useless," as your brain does need to rest, but the required amount of sleep can differ in most people, and as long as your brain goes through the first stage of sleep (20 minutes), every 5 hours or so, you SHOULD be "well-rested." I'll look up some more info in a bit if you want, or you could even do it yourself lol. It's really interesting to read about.
triangle.128k says2015-06-19T22:41:58.9437620-05:00
Is it healthy? I really need to try that when I go to college.
PetersSmith says2015-06-19T23:19:14.5412678-05:00
Triangle.128k: No it's not healthy because it destroys your sleep schedule and internal clock.
triangle.128k says2015-06-19T23:55:32.9810645-05:00
@PetersSmith Did I ask you?
PetersSmith says2015-06-19T23:56:09.6301696-05:00
Triangle.128k: You didn't address anyone specifically, so thus that means everyone is fair game.
triangle.128k says2015-06-20T00:07:39.5664358-05:00
Okay, i'll change that right now. I was addressing Mister_Man and anybody with a wide knowledge of the topic.
eagleoftheeast says2015-06-20T02:45:16.6086985-05:00
Triangle I actually do that if I have a lot of homework.
triangle.128k says2015-06-20T10:55:43.4965988-05:00
Are you sure it's healthy and doesn't damage you in any way like a lack of sleep on a regular sleep schedule could?

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