How many hours of sleep do you require

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    I'm the type person that needs eight hours how about you? This week I am on the schedule to work Friday night until 10:30 and then come back in by 6:00 on Saturday morning. It takes me an hour or more to wind down when I get home and I live 45 minutes from my place of employment. I'm figuring I will get about 4 hours of sleep and a little concerned about it.

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    I am the same way. I can limp by on less sleep for a night, maybe two, but I am feeling it and cannot sustain sleeplessness long term without some serious issues. For me, lack of sleep is physically painful. That is the only way I can describe it. This is one of the reasons I had to get off the night shift, and actually get away from 12 hour shifts at all.

    I think the schedule you describe is madness...is this a one time thing? Can you talk to the manager and try to get a schedule change? You probably could power through with lots of caffeine, but are you really going to be at your best? Are you going to be at a higher risk for making mistakes? Tough call, I hope it works out for you!
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    I feel like nothing if I don't get adequate sleep. My whole day sometimes can be a blur. If I am pressed for time, I can get by with fewer hours of sleep but by no means can I do that consistently. I'd say, 7+ hours is what I need to honestly be fully functioning.

    I hope you'll get the required rest you need soon enough.
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    Quote from ICAN!
    I'm the type person that needs eight hours how about you? This week I am on the schedule to work Friday night until 10:30 and then come back in by 6:00 on Saturday morning. It takes me an hour or more to wind down when I get home and I live 45 minutes from my place of employment. I'm figuring I will get about 4 hours of sleep and a little concerned about it.
    4 hours before a shift is the minimum I need to avoid zombieness.
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    I need ten. I am such a sleep lover.
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    If allowed to wake up w/o an alarm, I'll sleep about 8-9 hrs. But while working nights, I usually get about 6 hrs since I wake up in time for my grade schooler to walk in the door & then get my baby from the sitter's. My schedule is supposed to be 24-32 hrs/wk, but we've been running short on RN's (imagine that), & my manager has started scheduling me 40 hrs/wk with only one night off at a time except for my weekend off. I often try to take a quick nap in the evening after putting my youngest to bed. Severe lack of sleep almost makes me feel like being hung over.
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    I have found that if I get less then 4 I am good to go or if I get more then 8 or 9 Im good. It is when I get between 4 and 8 that I have issues.
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    I work nights from 7pm-7am usually schedule myself 3-4 days in a row. With my work week I often try to get 8-9 hours of sleep... that's by trying but I normally get just 6-7 hours and that stinks.
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    I need a minimum of 7 hours a night to function. I do better with 8-9, but 7 will do. If I don't set an alarm, I will easily sleep 12-14 hours straight.
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    4 hours minimum before a shift, but I can't do that long term. I need at least 7-8 hours.


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