We’ve all been bombarded with the idea that the average person should have at least 8 hours sleep. Babies and some other adults require much more sleep. Sam Tabar has read, however, this 8 hour myth does not apply to everyone. At different points in your life, you might require more or less sleep. Certainly, growing kids require more sleep. Teens require less sleep. Some adults are able to function quite well on 5 or 6 hours sleep. Perhaps, the need for 8 hours sleep is only a myth. MoreHere.
Clearly, at different stages in our life, we require different amounts of sleep. However, the majority of people seem to agree with the prevailing myth that every healthy adult requires at least 8 hours of sleep. Those that are only able to sleep 5 hours or less are not different. They might be genetically programmed or predisposed for less sleep. The fact is that some people actually thrive on less sleep. I’ve noticed that a few close relatives seem more alert with less sleep. Sleeping more than 7 or 8 hours makes them lethargic. Certainly, there is no need to worry, if you are able to function well with less sleep. Count yourself lucky.