Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.

What is your AVERAGE number of hours of sleep per night?

4.5 hours or less
No votes
5.0 hours
No votes
5.5 hours
6.0 hours
6.5 hours
7.0 hours
7.5 hours
No votes
8.0 hours
8.5 hours
9 hours or more
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Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby Tex » Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:04 pm

I've heard that a serious meditation practice can reduce the number of hours of sleep that one requires to function well. I'm curious what the average amount of sleep is for our members.

Please vote and feel free to post your personal stats for hours of sleep, how long you've been meditating, and so on.

I've been sitting regularly for about a year-and-a-half and I sleep around 6.5 hours on average (about 6 during the week and closer to 7.5 on Sat and Sun).
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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby clw_uk » Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:07 pm

I voted 6.5

I used to need more but its less now

I will admit though i am partial to some extra sleep on weekends, but this is extra i dont need it

I have been practicing meditation for about year and half roughly

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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:53 am

I'm a "7" kinda guy. Weekdays I get in about 40 minutes meditating on the way to work plus another 30 walking over lunch time. However, the seven hours of "sleep" includes a period of being awake in the middle of the night that can last anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour depending. I only just realized today that I'm "problem solving" when I'm awake in the night.

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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby zavk » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:38 am

Oh man.... I love to sleep! :) :zzz:

8 hours on the average for me. Sitting regularly for coming to 4 years has not made me sleep less... :embarassed:
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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:51 am

Hi all

At the moment its around 5.5 hours per night during the week. Sometimes during the weekend it can be a little more.
When I'm more physically active I require more sleep.
I sit for anywhere between 90min and 3 hours per day.
I first began meditating in 1985.

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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby Paul Davy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:10 am


10:30pm to 7:00am for me.

Interestingly though, I might sleep a bit less when on holidays. Being away from work seems to have more bearing on how much sleep I need than meditation.

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Re: Meditators: How many hours a night do you sleep?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:38 am

It varies, the least amount was about 5hrs while I was on retreat, but it depends normally I will get 6 but that varies with the amount of phisical work I am doing
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