Asked a Sleep Expert How to Sleep 8 Hours in 4 Hours (& If It’s Even Possible)

By Lindsay Champion, Feb. 23, 2021

We hate to break it to you, but you can’t. There is no shortcut for a good night’s sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “The body goes through specific stages of sleep, which we refer to as sleep architecture,” he explains. “We need a significant amount of deep sleep, and dream or REM sleep each night, and often to get enough of both, we need at least seven hours in bed.” That means there’s really no way to truly feel like you got eight hours of sleep (or experience the benefits) when you only got four. Sorry, friends.

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