From what I have read and what I I just know 7-9 hours of sleep at night is recommended and ideal.
Because I get up at 5:30 four days a week I try to get in bed between 9:30 and 10. I usually have no problem falling asleep. A lot of time I am crashing on the couch while watching TV. (And even on the weekends it is tough for me to stay up past 10.)
Falling asleep is the easy part for me. Staying asleep is another story. I wake up a lot. It seems to go through cycles. A good night of sleep for me is only waking up a few times and falling right back asleep. A bad night is waking up more than five times and and a few of those times being awake for 30 minutes to an hour.
If I am having a lot of trouble falling back asleep I will usually move to the spare room and try to sack out on the futon.
I do have Ambien. But I take it sparingly. If I have two to three nights of bad sleep … Continue reading