On a related note: there is a stupid concepts out there called “sleep debt.”
The idea is that if you’re not getting enough sleep, you have a sleep debt that accumulates like credit card debt. In other words, you need 7-8 hours of sleep (maybe you don’t, but people saying this also say that 7-8 hours is needed by EVERYBODY).
If you get only 6 hours per night Sunday through Thursday, then you have a sleep debt of 5-10 hours!!! You would then need 10-12 hours of sleep on both Friday AND Saturday to catch up!
Of course, most people don’t do this, so the thinking is that most Americans are carrying huge sleep debts that can never be made up!
Of course this is a bunch of crap! I average 6 hours during the week and maybe 7 hours on weekends. There are times when I only get 3-5 hours for a few days in a row. When that happens my mental & physical energy is really off (I have postponed workouts due to this.) But when this happens I find that after one night of 8-9 hours or two nights of 7-8 hours I am fully recovered. [/quote]
I’m the same way in regards to my sleep. I read that about sleep debt in a Men’s Health. After reading that it made you think you’d drop dead from a heart attack if you didn’t get 8 hours of sleep every single night of your life.
Everyone’s sleep patterns are different. Some need more, some need less. I say, if you wake up and feel tired, you need more sleep. If you wake up and feel refreshed, then you’re in a good zone.