How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Do you feel like you get enough sleep or are you always sleepy, wanting more?

In our early days of marriage, to earn extra money, my husband was dropping bundles for the local news paper. He’d have to wake up at 2 am to get the papers dropped off at the carrier’s sites.

When he didn’t get there on time, the Anchorage Daily News would call. One morning I heard the phone ring and he wasn’t responding. I nudged him to wake him up. As he reached for the phone, he unknowingly knocked the clock off the night stand. As he answered I heard Rob say,”This is Shaw, I mean Larry.”


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Hi Linda,
    it’s so true. Sleep, or lack of it, domino’s into all area’s of health aspects.
    It’s also such a common issue in today’s ‘fast lifestyle’.

    I’m all for pulling it back a notch or two and being true to myself in my mind, body and lifestyle. Regaining perfect health in all aspects of life.

    Thanks for sharing such great content Linda 🙂
    In Health and Harmony

    • Toni~
      I agree with you, being true to ourselves is the only way to go! Health is taken forgranted until it’s gone! Regaining perfect health in all aspects is where our focus needs to be when it is not there!

  2. Linda
    You always tell a great story. I have no funny stories to tell but I do know that lack of sleep also doesn’t allow your body to repair and then all sorts of aches and pains can appear. Got any great remedies of how to stay asleep and get a deep sleep going on.

    • Belinda~
      Are you saying that Bach does have some remedies for sleep, or are you asking me for suggestions? Sleep has never been an issue for me, I have plenty other issues! I need to do some research on this one!

  3. Linda I loved this post. For many years I thought it was good to see how little sleep I could function on. When we were building our financial planning business and the kids were young I went through a time of sleeping only 4 hours a day. I thought people who slept for 8 hours were wimps. My mantra was I was too busy to sleep!!!
    Of course I became ill and for quite a while after that spent as much time sick as functional. I learned the hard way.
    Now I love my sleep and I do look after myself so much more.
    I cannot think of any funny stories – I think mine is more weird 🙂

    • Sue~
      Thanks for sharing! I don’t think that you are unique (or wierd:))! With our fast-paced lifestyle and expectations, many of us feel the same way! I’m glad that you were able to make the necessary changes and create a healthy life for yourself!

  4. Linda,
    I’ve been one to always enjoy my sleep. It seems like I always got at least 7-9 hours most of the time. However, there are also times when I might only get 6 hours but not very often. A lot of our society today is tied to the alarm clock. And our schedule often dictates how much sleep we get. Many never pay that close attention to it.

    There have been times when I’ll think I have to get up by a certain time so I’ll think about what time should I go to bed in order to get enough sleep. Our bodies are interesting. If I have something important to be up for at a certain time I’ll set the alarm. Often though, my bodies internal clock knows this and I’ll wake up just a few minutes before the alarm goes off.

    The best though is not using an alarm clock at all and just getting up when I naturally wake up. That’s when I feel the most rested and ready for the day.

    • Don~
      That’s awesome! In my opinion, you’re right! If your body is getting the right amount of sleep you won’t need an alarm clock. Well, assuming you’re doing everything else you should be doing… exercise, proper eating, emotional clearing, you know, doing it all! It’s a great goal for us all to work towards!

  5. Hi Linda, Great topic. Sleep, love it! My almost 12 year old, fights it!!Go figure! I work best on 7 -71/2 hours of sleep. Sometimes less but I can’t handle that well, or my family can’t put up with me or me myself!! I think that how tired we feel has a lot to do with what we eat as well. So getting adequate sleep is essential but so is making sure you feed your body healthfully to make sure it can put up with the demands of the day, and repair itself in the sleep of the night. Sort of funny story….When I was first learning to be a fitness instructor my husband would often complain that I kicked him all night long! Guess I was doing the moves in my sleep!

    • Holly,
      I know what you’re talking about! My kids fight sleep too, and then when they see their parents example (me) it’s understandable, yikes!! And food is always an issue~ we really need to take control of our consumption!!!
      That is a crack up, kicking your husband in your sleep!! At least you have your moves all mastered!!!

  6. Back in my younger days Linda I worked out that if I lived to be 100 and I slept for 8 hours a day I would have slept for 33 odd years. It seemed such a waste as there was so much I could do in that time.

    Anyway for years I managed to get away with 6 hours or less of sleep Monday to Friday and then I would probably get 8 on Saturday. The problem was I was stuffed by Friday and was probably not at my best.

    Nowadays I take the 8 hours and feel a lot better for it.

  7. Hi, I am a caregiver. My wife does not want to go to bed before 11pm. She has MS and can do very little for herself. It takes about an hour until she is ready to sleep. Sometimes longer. Often I want a little time to wind down, then it is 12.30am. At 5-6am I wake up and get up. I feel ok most of the times. What is your reaction to that? Beat

    • Dear Beat,
      Goodness that would be so difficult! That’s hard for both of you! My guess is that she has all the emotions of being handicapped and not able to take care of herself. I assume you have the feelings of loving her and wanting to provide for her. I don’t know enough details, but with the information you have given me it sounds like you need to set limits, with kindness of course, for yourself. Your wife has very serious needs, and so do you. It sounds like she might be a night owl and you a morning person. Is that time for a compromise? Have you expressed your needs to your wife?

  8. I completely know what you mean about being totally disoriented when you don’t get enough sleep. My husband has had some funny instances as well, but of course he always is sure to let me know of the times that I sit up in bed and say strange things.

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