Always Running on 6 Hours of Sleep? Experts Explain Why You Should Aim For More

December 17, 2020 by Caitlin Flynn

Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, agreed, noting that you may need to allot even more time to make sure you’re getting adequate sleep on nights when it doesn’t come easily. “Aiming for eight hours most often results in about seven and similarly, aiming for six — which is already not enough — can in reality turn into five hours of sleep,” Dr. Dimitriu said. He recommends creating an eight-hour “opportunity” window for sleep, which will hopefully result in at least seven hours of actual sleep time.

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