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Question Posted Wednesday April 26 2006, 7:59 am

iam 18 yrs old.male. my problem is that i need around 10 hrs of sleep everyday.and sometimes even more than that.and ive heard that people of my age shoul not sleep for more than 7-8 hrs a day.ive tried doing that but then im not able to stop myself from having a nap in the afternoon. please advice on how to decrease "10-12" hrs to "7-8" hrs of sleep.

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Elcee answered Friday June 2 2006, 9:37 am:
Listen to your own body. If you feel you need 10-12 hours of sleep a night to function normally the next day then that is right for you. As you get older you may find that you need less sleep during the night. Don't worry about what everyone else seems to think is right - do what is right for you right now. Best of luck.

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Nallie answered Saturday April 29 2006, 10:30 am:
Actually if you know that you need 10 hours of sleep each night, and you are not tired during the day with that amount of sleep, it's completely normal. If you try to change your sleep patterns you will not function as well throughout the day, even if you take a nap.

See this article:
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DangerWench answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 7:57 pm:

We're not machines, so we don't all have the exact same sleep requirements.

However! You might want to consider seeing a sleep specialist and having a sleep study done. Especially if you have other problems such as; tiredness during the day, lack of concentration, poor memory, feeling like a zombie, morning headaches, weight gain, no motivation, or irritability.

It's possible you might have sleep apnea, which is where a person stops breathing multiple times throughout the night and wakes themselves up constantly, gasping for breath.

A person doesn't even necessarily know they are doing it. I have sleep apnea, and I don't remember waking up all night, but I sometimes get up with bad headaches from lack of oxygen, plus other symptoms. I can't remember the last time I woke up and didn't feel like I could go right back to sleep again.

I probably wouldn't even know why if hubby didn't witness me doing it... I'll just stop breathing in my sleep.

At any rate, if you think you might have sleep apnea, see a specialist.

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BRUNETTE__BABiE__CAKESZ answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 3:46 pm:
hey, i dont think the hours of sleep you have matters. its fine with whatever your body needs. your body needs different amounts everyday. dont woryr about it. but if you really want to count out 8 hours of sleep be sleeping by a certain time and set an alarm for a certain time. before going to bed make sure your laying down for about 1 hour before. cait♥

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LovDoc answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 11:57 am:
well, you must be in college or something. So, you should maybe go to bed later and then sent your alarm clock or if you don't have one go out and buy one. So, anyway set you alarm clock to a certain time that you need to get out then you can go to bed later and get up early. Plan out how much of a sleep you will get by your alarm clock. Example~ if you go to sleep at 12 and you want to have a 7-8 our sleep you can get up at 7-8 and you will have your 7-8 hour sleep time.

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selectopaque answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 11:00 am:
Naps aren't a bad thing. Like the person before me, try to take short naps, like less than an hour. When I first started college, nap time came back big time. Kinda like your first year of grade school huh?

If you need the sleep, take a few minutes to rest up. But, if your just over-sleeping because of lazy teenager syndrome, thats not a good idea, and it will only make you more tired if you over-sleep. But, from the little that you've said, it sounds to me like you have no reason to decrease your sleep.

Honestly, I would think that 7 hours a day would be too little for anyone, but I suppose some people need less.

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NinjaNeer answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 9:54 am:
If you do feel a need to nap, try to restrict yourself to a 20-minute powernap. That's how my roommate and I made it through our first year of university! Sleeping for any longer than half an hour makes you more tired when you wake up.

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TheOldOne answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 9:46 am:
Everyone is different. It's not that unusual to need ten hours of sleep. And frankly, if you try to short-change your body of the sleep that it needs, you'll pay a price for it.

In other words, your body is smarter (about its own needs, anyway) than you are. Listen to it.

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Advicegrl4u answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 9:08 am:
teens in general need all the sleep they can get even if you are too busy for it. they need at least 9-10 hrs of sleep.
i hope i helped

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