I usually sleep at about 2 to 3 am and wake up at around 7 am. This effectively means that I sleep roughly 4 to 5 hours daily. I occasionally take the odd “power nap” during my lunch time. This takes around 20 to 40 minutes.
I find these power naps to be very energizing. In fact, I wake up feeling fresher and excited to take on more challenges for the day!
My sleep pattern makes me wonder, how much sleep do you need anyway? Some school of thought say 8 hours daily. Frankly I think that that’s 4 hours too much! If I were to sleep 8 hours a day, I’d be using a quarter of my day in slumberland. If that isn’t a waste of time, I don’t know what is!
I also found that I sleep significantly more during weekends and on holidays. You might think that this is to “cover” for the lack of sleeping hours during my working days; but I believe it’s more complicated than that.
I’m driven by work and responsibilities. If I have something important to do, I can go on for almost the whole day without sleep… until I get whatever I’m supposed to do done! That’s why I almost never have to bring work home.
When I’m at home, I preoccupy myself with my family as well as household chores. When everything is done at home as well, I fall into shutdown mode; ie. I sleep. When it comes to household chores, I always thrive to get them done 100% as soon as possible. Therefore, I won’t feel guilty for dozing off.
I therefore conclude that I will fall asleep as soon as get bored. No amount of entertaining television, or even Internet surfing can cure my boredom once it sets.
What about you? How many hours of sleep do you require daily?