Health.com has an interesting article debating that sleep needs are as individualized as, say, shoe size. Basically, it means that there’s no one prescribed number of sleep hours that you should be getting each night, but it should be tailored to your own body. Mind you, there’s upper and lower bounds to what the norm is for most people; you can get too much and too little sleep.
…doctors need to look at both the quantity and the quality of sleep to detect a problem. And when it comes to sleep quality, problems aren’t always obvious to patients themselves: An insomniac who lies awake at night can easily tell that something is wrong, for example, but someone with sleep apnea—who repeatedly stops breathing in his sleep—might have no idea there’s a problem.
Sleep deprivation, as we’ve covered before, can lead to all sorts of interesting disorders, such as night terrors. According to the article, the most telling sign of a sleep disorder is how you feel during the course of the day.
If you chronically wake up sleepy, irritable, and unfocused—and stay that way throughout the day—you may have a sleep disorder, no matter how much time you spend in bed.
So do you feel like you’re getting enough sleep? Being a new father, I can say with certainty that I’m definitely not getting enough!