I have always heard 8 hours is ideal. I try to shoot for 8 hours each day but my sleep schedule is different each day. Some nights I am up late but other nights I get to bed by around midnight or shortly after. It all depends on what I am finishing up for the day.
I once read in an article which was a long time ago that a man could normally go off of 5-6 hours of sleep and that would be considered good enough. The article then stated that a female would need 8-9 hours. I am not sure why there was a difference, but I have always tried to get 8-9 hours.
I slept too much last night, and I am definitely feeling it today. I am all groggy and bogged down and want to go to bed just after being up for less than 10 hours. I told you I got too much sleep.
I've heard that the most important hours to sleep are 11 to 3. Apparently, I missed almost all of those yesterday, or should I say today.
> I am all groggy and bogged down and want to go to bed just after being up for less than 10 hours.
NONSENSE! Get up and do something.
I'm serious. I know what you're talking about with too much sleep where it feels like you have to go back to sleep, but the body just has to adjust to being active.
I went through a whole 2 week running streak recently where my body literally wouldn't let me sleep due to a nose problem, and I was getting an average of 4 hours of sleep a day, but was fully awake by the time it was done. I kept getting scared because as each day went by, I was expecting my body to just pick a day and refuse to wake up until 16 hours later, but it didn't happen until the 15th day where I slept for 8-12 hours.