Long time ago, I’d no problems with six hours of sleep a day. To some of you, six hours is already a luxury but it’s my minimum for reasonable efficiency the next day. Back in the days of National Service, operating on six hours rest wasn’t so much a want but a need. The day of a training soldier involved lots of physical work, and without enough rest your body would crumble exponentially.
Then came Michigan. Maintaining the six-hour regimen wasn’t an issue at first, but as the years went by, lethargy set in and recently it’s been stretched to a cozy seven hours. Make no mistake about it, more is better, and seven really feels like heaven. But now in an Ivy-League environment where some peers have told me they get five hours of sleep or less, a little voice is telling me I’m not working hard enough.
Or am I just working smart enough?
On heavy days I do get substantially less sleep, ranging from five and a half to six hours. Getting up the next morning comes only after one or two taps of the ‘snooze’ button on my alarm. And during the day performance and attention dips, as far as I can tell. For some reason it’s difficult to boost the biological system to keep running super late nights, or keep the pupils open in an extended reading session. How does every one here handle their sleep (or lack of it)?