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How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« on: April 24, 2019, 02:29:23 PM »
Let's say that I go to bed at 23:50 o'clock and wake up at 7:00 o'clock. Let's say that it takes 10 minutes for me to fall asleep, so that I am sleeping at 00:00. That would make it 7 hours from my going to sleep to my waking up for the day.

However, let's say that during the night I wake up a few times. Not for long, a few minutes each time, and then I fall asleep again. Can I then really say that I slept for 7 hours that night, or should I subtract the amount of time I had minor wake-ups?
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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 03:01:37 PM »
Waking up several times per night could be a case of sleep apnea, or otherwise not getting enough quality/deep sleep.

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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 03:27:47 PM »
I usually wake up a couple of times a night.  I count from when I close my eyes till I get up the last time.


I'm a very light sleeper, but I just recently bought a set of foam earplugs and it has improved my sleep immensely.  Last night I woke up once.
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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 04:05:57 PM »
It takes me a while to fall asleep. Usually 30 minutes to an hour. I wake up several times during the night to pee. I count from when I turn out the light to when I get up in the morning. Probably not what's meant when "they" advocate getting X hours of sleep.
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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2019, 07:28:54 PM »
Waking up in the night for a while is normal and expected. Unless I'm wide awake for a lengthy period after I pee that time is just part of my sleep schedule. Last night I woke at about 3AM and was awake for about 45 minutes for medical reasons. That time does not get included in my time asleep. The night before I woke about 2AM and was awake for maybe 5 minutes? That time does get included.
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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 05:29:27 AM »
I haven't slept eight straight hours in at least 30 years. Don't have apnea. (FOUR sleep studies confirm this.)
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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 06:18:48 PM »
I heard a circadian/sleep researcher that the thing to do is open 8 hours in the pit.  He recognised the difficulty with age to actually sleep for those eight.

Personally, I think I get six to seven an a half hours in those eight.  Plugging into All Night (RNZ National) seems to help. 

I pee only once in the night, not bad at my age... (PSA <1), and I use a head torch set on low to navigate. Turning on a room light is a sleep disaster.  Last night was particularly good as I had an long outside soak in the outside bath, heavily laden with magnesium chloride.

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Re: How to count the length of a night's sleep?
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2019, 11:36:23 PM »
Use a sleep tracking app on your phone. I use Sleep Cycle, which shows me that I average 7 hours 42 minutes in bed. It also shows that I sleep better on the first night after putting clean sheets on the bed, and worse if I drink chamomile tea before going to bed. I have tracked my sleep for 938 nights and in that time I have spent 10 months in bed. My all-time best night's sleep was on the night of Friday 9 December 2016.
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