Is 8 hours of sleep unrealistic?

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    We know that sleep is important. The standard of eight hours per night is universal. But is it unrealistic? How do you cope with lack of rest?

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    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 18, '14

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    Honestly, you sleep when you can, whether it is in the morning, noon, or 8:30 at night. It's better than dozing in your car on the middle of driving down a freeway at 80mph. Your brain needs to sleep just as much, if not more so, than your body. Naps usually help me, if they are 2-3 hours long, but again, those are when I have the time. I work as a CNA in a hospital and am just doing my pre-reqs and am already scared about what it will be like when I am in nursing school.
    LL143KnB and mrrogers like this.
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    I haven't had 8 hours of sleep in 3 years, I'm lucky to get 5 hours with the babies and its not 5 hours straight!
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    I almost always get 8 hours of sleep per day.. I'm known to sacrifice a little study time for a little nap time.
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    I won't say I get 8 hours because I'm a chronic insomniac, but I get all the sleep I want to. Here's a key: if you have to choose between studying and sleep, or anything else and sleep, always pick sleep. Seriously. It does you no good to cram for a test and be half awake the next morning and unable to reason through the questions. A big part of nursing school is getting you to think critically, which is what is going to make you a good nurse (and will also get you to pass boards!). You just cannot think critically when you're so tired from studying that you fall asleep in class, and just knowing the facts you crammed down your throat the night before will not help you get the questions right. Your awake brain will.

    Also, do you learn better when you're sleeping or when you're awake? If you're not fully awake and engaged in class, you're probably going to have to work harder to learn the material than you otherwise would, which means extra studying. You can actually study less if you get adequate sleep, so time spent sleeping is never wasted.
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    I still sleep 8hrs a day and sometimes power nap 10 mins in afternoon. Even while I was studying for nclex. I made sure I slept 8 or 7hrs.
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    Nursing school shouldn't have to be that crazy hard, but the school's make it that way. There was a time when the places of instruction strove to teach you things to help you pass, rather than grind you down by being in the 1%. Sleep is important and the fact that the schools of instruction doesn't see this when they set the workload is ridiculous because its a well known that you are a danger to yourself and others with a lack of sleep.

    8 hours is the recommended for adults but some only require 6. You can't "build up" on sleep by sleeping in on the weekend and then running on fumes throughout the week, it just doesn't work that way.
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    I don't believe in pulling all nighters. Sleep is just as important than studying, and I usually get 8 hours a night, six if I'm working back to back shifts. Sleep is a little piece of heaven, if you believe in that sort of thing.
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    Once I finished taking the NCLEX, all I wanted to do was climb in bed and sleep for days and days and days.
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    I can run almost indefinitely on about 6-7 hours of sleep per night. I can do well occasionally with <2 hour naps per night if necessary. Here's the key thing: I don't do that very often and I end up paying for it about 2 nights later. My own sleep cycle seems to run about 3 hours. If I have to be up between about 3 and 3 1/2 hours from the time I go to sleep, I often will simply delay sleep until I get under that 3 hour mark or I will find a way to get to sleep around 4 hours before I must rise. Otherwise, I will sleep through just about anything. I prefer either 5 hours or 7 hours. I definitely pay attention to my sleep cycle and try to get 2 cycles in per night (about 7 hours) if possible.

    In school though, that becomes a real challenge. On those days where I end up getting < 2 hours, it's a MUST that I get some napping in throughout the day if I'm to avoid having too much of a problem later.

    I view lack of sleep like an injury. You become sleep-injured when you don't sleep enough. If you sleep too much, you become sleep overloaded and you don't perform well that way either. You can't bank sleep... and when you don't get enough and become "injured" you have to sleep a bit more over the next few days to repair the injury. Just as with any injury, you can't heal overnight. It takes time to recover.

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