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How to sleep better

Keeping to the same sleep schedule every day is tough. There always seem to be things to do after dinner, which pushes back everything all night, including bedtime.

Sarah Klein/The Huffington Post

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What It’s Like to Need Hardly Any Sleep

Most people who think they hardly need any sleep are kidding themselves, but a select few are “short sleepers” who get by on six or fewer hours of sleep per night. Jenn Schwaner, a 43-year-old from Port Ritchie, Florida, is one, and she talked with New York Magazine about what it’s like.

.. I always said I was made to have children. It never bothered me when I got up in the middle of the night. It didn’t matter if it was every two or three hours, and I nursed all my kids. And then I started taking in foster children. A lot of the babies were born addicted to drugs — meth or prescription meds — and they need somebody to cuddle them and hold them in the middle of the night when they are going through withdrawal. I felt like I didn’t sleep at night anyway, and I knew that these kids really needed someone who wouldn’t get frustrated being up with them all night.

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How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night)

Reducing the amount of sleep you get is harmful. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. There’s no way around that.

But you can take steps to sleep better, and therefore spend less time in bed — including no screen time within an hour or two of bedtime (and that includes ebook readers), which will be hard for me.

By Alan Henry at Lifehacker.

What’s going on in the brains of people who don’t need much sleep?

Scientists study the brain activity of people who claim to be able to do just fine on five hours or less sleep per night. Research finds that these people might be more efficient than the rest of us at performing the memory consolidation that sleep provides. They might also be falling asleep for a minute or two at a time when things get boring. And maybe these short sleepers are just kidding themselves about how they function well on very little sleep.

I need more sleep than I’d like. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights I got four to five hours of sleep per night, and suffered for it. By Thursday and Friday I was a wreck. Last night I slept eleven hours and today it feels like my brain is packed in cotton.

(David Pescovitz, Boing Boing.)