Who needs to sleep

Nurses General Nursing


With all the things I want to do in the day,Id have to get by on 5 hrs of sleep per night.

How much sleep do you need? Could you get by with less to accomplish your goals?

If I don't get atleast 7-9 hrs sleep/day I am NOT a nice person to be around! I would rather be sick than not have enough sleep, because when I am sleep deprived I FEEL ill, and if I were really sick, then I would have an excuse to feel that way! I don't know how people do it. I know many who don't get any more than 4-5 hrs sleep each day, and I guess there are some that can do it, but not me for sure!


1,173 Posts

I feel terrible if I don't get enough sleep; if it goes on for too long, then it triggers migraines.

I envy people that feel fine on 5h of sleep, but I just can't do it.


475 Posts

Not me. I am your basic 8 hours a night person. I have found that when I consistantly don't get enuff sleep, I get sick. It's just not worth it for me. I have however, know several nurses thru the years that had 2 jobs, working 2 diff shifts, that would work 100-120 hrs per wk, getting about 5 hrs of sleep per day.:eek: There is no way I could ever do that. I would live in fear of making a mistake and hurting a pt.


1,827 Posts

I can get by with 5 or 6 hours, 6 is better!


Im a 4 hr a night person with intermitten naps if Im on call.



79 Posts

Specializes in Gen Med,LTC.

Need at least 8 hours a nite of I am a meanie...just ask my family!

adrienurse, LPN

1,275 Posts

In terms of sleep, it's feast or famine for me. Sigh. I gorge on sleep when it's my day off. No wonder I never get anything done around here.

BadBird, BSN, RN

1,126 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

It depends on what I have to do, I get by on as a little as 4 hours sleep for several days in a row then I will sleep for 12 hours, I just listen to what my body wants. I hate working a 12 hr. night shift going home to sleep and waking up at 11:30 am wide awake, if I force myself to stay in bed and sleep I actually feel more tired than if I get up and do something.


859 Posts

I need 7 hours a night. I've been getting about 5. I need to start going to bed earlier. I waste my weekends playing catch-up.

Tweety, BSN, RN

33,529 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

7 hours, but 6 is managable in a pinch. 8 is heavenly, love it when that happens.


94 Posts

need 8... i get about 6 and man am i hard to live with when i don't get my zzz's

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