Please Don’t Sleep Your Life Away!

October 20, 2007

This post is on sleep, but I just couldn’t force myself to put “How Much Sleep Does Your Body Need” as the title. Let’s focus on sleeping “too much”. I think a lot of people wind up sleeping too much, out of boredom with life. I believe that most people who sleep excessively are at least mildly depressed. You only get one shot at life, so don’t waste it by sleeping too much.
How Much Sleep Do You Need
[Tanya doesn’t like to use a pillow when she sleeps…it messes up her makeup]

A Lesson I Learned in My Early 20’s

I know I have a lot of young socialites who read my blog…so I thought I would share my experiences a bit. I used to be big in the club and rave scene back in the early 90’s. I was in a fraternity before that. Yes…I know what it means to stay up very, very, late (or early if you want to think of it that way). Those nights that you stay out until 6-9AM the following day are great every now and then, but realize that you are sacrificing the following day…just for a few more hours of fun. Try to get out by 2AM most of the time…nothing really changes after 2AM anyway. That way you can get up at 9:00AM on a Sunday and be to the beach or somewhere outdoors by Noon.

So is 8 Hours the Optimum Amount of Sleep?

Just like anything else, people differ on the amount of sleep that they need. Two thinks that you need to consider are a person’s “Basal Sleep Need” and “Sleep Debt”. There have been two extensive studies that show that a person’s basal sleep need is 7 to 8 hours. For the most part people don’t differ that much when it comes to this…sleep debt is another story.

What is “Sleep Debt” and Why is It Important?

Sleep debt is the accumulated sleep that is lost due to bad sleep habits or missing sleep for any reason, such as having to get up early for work, etc. So if your basal sleep need is 8 hours and you are getting only 6-7 hours of sleep a night, that 1-2 hours begins to accumulate …this is your total “sleep debt”. If that sleep debt creeps up to 8-10 hours, it is almost like missing an entire night’s sleep.

What If Your Sleep Debt Gets High?

If your sleep debt gets too high, your immune system will weaken and you will be irritable. Get this…just missing one and 1/2 hours of sleep can result in a 32% reduction in daytime alertness. A 1997 study found that people whose sleep was restricted to four to five hours per night for one week needed two full nights of sleep to recover performance, alertness and normal mood. So the cure for sleep debt is to make sure you get 2-3 days in a row of 8-9 hours of sleep.

I’d Still Rather Sleep Too Little Than Too Much!

Life is short! My theory is that I can rest in my grave. I wrote that stuff about sleep debt, because I wanted to show that too little of sleep can be bad…but I want to be perfectly honest…I believe it is WAY better to get too little sleep throughout your life than too much! Sorry to send mixed messages. I do want to present both sides of the story here.

Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)

This one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. It was from the movie “The Dead Poets Society”. This scene had an impact on my life and I would really like to share it with you. I think over 80% of attaining any goal lies in your motivation. Please do yourself a favor and watch this 5 minute clip. It will be better than any stuff you will see on TV in the next few years. Seriously…it still gives me chills!

Carpe Diem!


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Tyler Durden October 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

I’m lucky because i’m still in college so i can afford to party and to sleep a lot. it all true if i sleep 10+ hours i always feel so tired like i haven’t slept even 3hours. It screws up my whole day.
I always shoot for 7-8 hours but there is just such a big tempation to sleep a few more hours! But i know i will feel bad all day after it.
Not to mention the time i wasted and things in life i missed:)
Carpe diem rule:)

Jonneh October 21, 2007 at 11:52 am

Lately I’ve been staying up ’til about 12 sometimes 1, then waking up at 6am (have to for school), then when I get home, I usually take a nap around 3pm or sometimes 4, and that usually lasts until 7 or so, and then it all starts back over and I don’t get to sleep again until 12 or 1am. 😛

I don’t know why I’ve been doing this lately, but now I can’t stop! If I try to go to sleep earlier, it’s impossible to actually fall asleep. Oh well.

admin October 21, 2007 at 11:53 am


You are just lucky that you are in college, period! College is an amazing part of life…really take the time to enjoy it!


Tyler Durden October 21, 2007 at 7:32 pm


It’s a sleeping habit you picked up recently…You can quit but you have to force not to fall asleep in the afternoon for a few days..going to be tough:)

Jonneh October 21, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Yeah no kidding! I’ve already tried. Here I am, again, at 11:40pm…hahaha…

admin October 22, 2007 at 12:49 am


I have to get up at 6AM as well. I think whoever came up with the idea of getting up before 8AM didn’t have a social life.

I feel your pain!


Angie October 22, 2007 at 11:25 am

In this old age of mine…(LOL) I find that at about 10pm, I’m done- time to sleep- and my body wakes up on its own about 5:30, which is when I usually get up any ways to go workout. I find that whenever I stay up ‘late’ it really takes a lot out of my body and takes me a couple days to recover! Vegas, a couple weekends ago was HELL on this body! LOL

admin October 22, 2007 at 8:23 pm


You aren’t old sister…because if you are old, then I’m old! Don’t bring us “30 something’s” down!

Vegas is hell, but in a good way 🙂


john October 27, 2007 at 9:53 am

i had the flu, all i did was sleep for two weeks…it was amazing.

Laura December 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Well i dont know if this is the appropriate place to mention it but i was on meth for about 20 years. This must mean my sleep debt is enormously high and to be honest i dont know if ill ever catch up. Ive been clean for a year and a half and all i do is sleep and im so sick of it. Dont ever do meth!!!!!

NB December 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I’m in my 20s and basically sleep my life away as the title says. I stay up watching movies until 4 sometimes 5am, and I drag myself out of bed by 2pm. I am bored with life, unemployed, living with the parents. It’s depression…and as unhealthy as it is, it is hard to break this bad habit.

Ahmed February 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

Love sleep, but love spending time on the things worth skipping sleep for too!

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