How much do you sleep per day?

How many hours a day do you sleep
12+ - 7.7%
10 to 12 - 23.1%
8 to 10 - 19.2%
6 to 8 - 26.9%
4 to 6 - 19.2%
Less than 4 - 3.8%

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   Posted 5/31/2007 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed during the past several months that I not only sleep very soundly (once I get to sleep!) but I sleep a lot of hours. Does anyone else have this issue?
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   Posted 5/31/2007 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peachy... I remember my sister (who has Lupus) sleeping and sleeping (for entire days it seemed).
Although I have always been a very sound sleeper, I don't sleep and sleep.  My problem is that I suffer from insomnia - it drives me crazy.  I just can't get to sleep some nights.  I don't know why, but its when I should be super tired that it seems I can't sleep.  I finally had 6 hours of sleep last night and I feel good this morning!!!  The other thing for me is that I will sleep very sound but when I move, the pain will wake me up - grrr - the joys eh?

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   Posted 5/31/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually sleep 8-10 hours at night and then about another two hours sometime during the day. Sometimes I sleep really soundly at night and other times my sleep is really disturbed or I can't get to sleep. Sometimes at night I get this feeling of dread and I just don't want to go to sleep even though I am very tired - it's a wierd thing. I think sleep is a tricky thing for a lot of us. It's something I need to talk to my rheumy about on my next visit.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Sleep IS a tricky thing. There are times when I cannot stay awake, times when I cannot fall asleep, times when I fall asleep but then wake up and cant fall back asleep. Times when I sleep 10 hours and time when I sleep 4.

It always seems to run in clumps too. I will be one way for a while, and then be another.

Sleep is a touchy thing for me. So very happy and feel so much better if I can get 8 hours of restful, peaceful, pain free sleep. ahhh even saying it sounds good! yeah
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   Posted 5/31/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Peachy,

   My sleep patterns run like Monkey's. It goes one way for awhile then changes. I'm glad to hear you are getting some deep restful sleep. We need all the rest we can get and sound sleep helps alot. Take care and keep us updated. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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   Posted 5/31/2007 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
There isn't enough hours in the day so my sleep suffers because of it unfortunately. I get maybe 4 or 5 hours a night and try to make up the difference on the weekends. Its a horrible cycle. I live about an hour and a half from work so I spend 3 waking hours on the road. Three hours that I could use in bed. When I'm in a flare, I try and get at least 10 hours a night and everything else can wait so basically straight to the shower and then bed when I get off of work.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I go in phases. Most recently I am tired and know I need to sleep. I go to bed and lay there. and toss and turn for hours. There are times when i might only sleep 45 min. and am awake again. Other times I I sleep about 6 or 7 hours a night and than need to take a nap during the day. Or I dose off and on all day and have zero energy.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually sleep about 6-7 hours at night. I try to take a nap during the day on the weekends. I wish I could during the week but my boss wouldn't like it very much.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, today I slept 14 hours. Usually, since lupus, I need 10-12 to feel ok. Pre-lupus 8 or 9 was my magic number to feel ok.

But I also vary between cycles of long sleeps and of insomnia. For me, I can pretty much predict how I'll sleep based on level of physical or mental activity, level of stress, quality/quantity of food intake, and if I'm taking my meds regularly or not.

(By not taking meds regularly I mean that taking them first thing in the morning can vary a lot when insomnia gets you up at 6 one morning & the next you sleep till noon. I do take them every day as prescribed.)

Sleep will definitely be affected if you are in the midst of changing meds or accidentally run out of something.

Certainly hard to get anything done when sleeping 14 hrs & being groggy for 2 more!!!!!

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