How much sleep did you survive on in NS

  1. Hi

    I heard from a friend that she only gets about 4-5 hours of sleep a night while in NS. I can't function without a minimum of 6-7 hours of sleep and am starting to get nervous and think that maybe I should start training my body to get less sleep (if thats even possible for me) a few weeks before I start the program in August.

    I am just wondering if any current nursing students can tell me how many hours of sleep you get on average a night while you were in the actual Nursing Program. Oh and preferrably those over the age of 30. In my twenties I was ok with 3 hours of sleep but once I hit 30, that changed for me

    Thank you
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  3. by   mammac5
    I'm 44 and in the final stretch of a very accelerated program. I don't function without sleep. Period. I average 7.5 hr/night. Even on the nights prior to clinicals I never sleep less than 6.5 hrs.

    You can do this. Just be organized from day one. Do not get behind! Realize that it is not humanly possible (nor necessary) to read every single word you are assigned. Activity and good nutrition are your friends - as is a regular schedule for sleep. You have to take good care of yourself. When people tell me they have to stay up all night studying I feel bad for them, but not so bad that I can't go home and get some rest myself!
  4. by   Rednights
    ~ 7 hours. I was never forced to sleep any less. No point in feeling sleepy during tests to study more the previous night.
  5. by   One1
    If you can't go without sleep then get your sleep and sacrifice something else in your schedule (preferrably not studying though ). I get 4-5 hours of sleep a night, and try to sleep in one day of the weekend (7-8 hours). I am over 30 with two young children who dictate my schedule quite a bit. Since I cannot study when they are awake I get up very early in the morning to study. I am very organized but have not enough hours in the day to get all my responsibilities in, but that is (my) sacrifice of going through nursing school.
  6. by   redmykal1524
    I am 32, children, and work in the hospital while going to school. I am lucky to get 4 hours of sleep and I don't get days off. But thats just me. Enjoy the insomnia. I do graduate in August though so it can be done. longest 2 years of my life. Just keeping it real. Good luck.
  7. by   tokyoROSE
    I got the regular amount of sleep, 7-8 hours. When its crunch time, I have no problems surviving on 2-3 hours of sleep or even an all nighter. It is nice to be young in NS.
  8. by   choc0late
    I gave up holidays, vacations, birthdays and cleaning during school, but never sleep for most nights. I would go to sleep between 11-12 and be up at about 7:30. Some nights before a test I may stay up till 1, but not often. Alot of my friends did pull allnighters before tests, but I never did. They though typically had more of a life then I did. They'd do stuff in the day where I'd study in the day, then they'd be behind and have to stay up all night. It just depends how you plan your studing. For me studying was my priority and everything came after I studied.
  9. by   choc0late
    Oh and I'm 37 married with 2 kids who did not work during the school year
  10. by   sproeber89
    I never gave up my sleep, I sleep an average of 7-8 hours every night. now it depends more on when I have early morning clinicals. I just made my 5 minute commute to clinicals to a 40 minute one!

    Those nights I'll be skimping on sleep or staying at my parents house. But it'll be manageable.
  11. by   That Guy
    I would get 5-6 but thats where i function best. Any more and I am very tired through the day.
  12. by   cpkRN
    I need at least 6-8 hours because lack of sleep can trigger seizures for me, so it can be done! I'm 32, in an accelerated BSN program, and doing fine. Granted, I'd be getting much better grades if I could cut a few hours off of my sleep time, but I'm passing and passing by quite a bit!

    You can do it! I plan everything, hour by hour, including study time, free time, and exercise.
  13. by   CBsMommy
    I am over 30, single mom with a little boy, and agree with the post that if you stay organized from day 1, you will be able to get all the sleep you need. I never needed to pull an all-nighter before a test and I am in the top of my class. I wouldn't be able to study for that long and retain anything anyway. Granted, I did not work, but I did treat school as my full-time job. Once I got home from class at around 2, I would study until 5:30 and then go and pick up my son from daycare. Once we started clinicals, I would make sure to get everything done as soon as I got home. Some nights I would work until 7, but I always got my 8 hours every night. There is no way that I would be able to function without my sleep! It can be done...but organization is the key!!!
  14. by   lei7
    Little sleep, lots of coffee. And naps. Especially naps.

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