I have “diagnosed” (no proper sleeping tests have been examined but it’s suspected by several doctors) with this condition for a while now, but i have a rare genetic mutation that shortens sleep cycle to 6 hours or less.
For me, my regular sleep is at most 4 hours, i just wake up naturally and can’t get back to sleep.
I do not feel more tired than others during the day, although i do find myself the most sleepy right after work which means, if i don’t have anything else to do in the evening, that’s the time i would sleep!
I know others who are in similar condition but anyone else on AF who “suffer”/ “benefit” from this condition?
Ok. So you at most sleep 4 hours per day yet are rested like a normal person? How do I sign up?
My sleep condition is called “Baby.” It’s a common condition, but unfortunately unlike your situation, I feel endlessly tired all day. It strikes unpredictably, generally right before days that consist of big meetings or long hours.
A number of famous leaders in the corporate and political world have this sleeping habit - sleep only 4 hours a day. In short, they have a number of hours in the day that other people don’t, and they put them to good use. Two names off the top of my head I can think of Stanley McChrystal and Marissa Mayer,
Doesn’t seem to be very common. You are a special snow flake I’d be curious if things function the same even if they don’t feel the same. Sleep is so important for so many processes.
But according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, most people who believe they’re naturally “short sleepers” aren’t really. They’re merely sleep-deprived — regularly getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night — and possibly putting themselves at higher risk of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and other health problems. ( More on Time.com:5 Ways Daylight Savings May Be Bad For Your Health)
That said, the elusive corps of sleepless elite does indeed exist, the Journal‘s Melinda Beck reports: they make up a scant 1% to 3% of the population. There isn’t much data on these short sleepers, in part because they’re hard to find; they don’t typically seek treatment, since they don’t think of their sleep habits as unusual or disordered.
I have sleep apnea. For those who don’t know, that’s when you “choke” when you sleep. You’re depriving your brain of oxygen, and you rarely (if ever) get good REM sleep.
A few years ago, I got a CPAP machine, and I’ve gotten really good sleep ever since.
Until you’ve been sleep deprived for a long time and then suddenly get really good sleep, you have no idea how much it affects your life. It will literally change your entire lifestyle. You have more energy and better concentration. Your job gets easier, working out gets easier, normal daily chores get easier, etc.