Dakota Johnson claims she needs 10-14 hours of sleep a night, which is bonkers

Sometimes I still think about Heather Graham claiming that she stayed so youthful because she tries to sleep eleven to twelve hours every night. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with 20-year-old tennis player Holger Rune talking about how he tries to get nine to thirteen hours of sleep every night. These people are bonkers! My body physically would not “let” me sleep that long every single night, plus I have no desire to spend half the day in bed, asleep. WTF? Well, I’m adding Dakota Johnson to the list of people who regularly sleep for a crazy amount of time.

Dakota Johnson loves her beauty sleep. The Fifty Shades of Grey alum told the Wall Street Journal that if she gets less than 10 hours of sleep a night she can’t function properly. She added that she can easily sleep for 14 hours straight.

“Sleep is my number one priority in life,” the actress, 34, said.

Johnson also explained that she doesn’t have a scheduled wake-up time every day. Instead, she plans her sleep routine on a day-by-day basis. “If I’m not working, if I have a day off on a Monday, then I will sleep as long as I can,” she said.

In addition to getting enough sleep, Johnson said she works out five days a week – a mix of hot yoga, pilates and body weight training. She also meditates twice every day.

“I do transcendental meditation,” she continued. “I’ve been really into breathwork recently and that’s been helping me a lot with anxiety.”

[From People]

Do these people really not wake up at 3 am and check the clock? Do they not wake up at 5 am and start thinking about all of the sh-t they have to do that day? That’s what I don’t understand – if I’m tired, I’ll sleep hard but I’ll still wake up a couple of times and look at the clock and at some point (usually after seven or eight hours of sleep), my body just refuses to go back to sleep. There’s probably a caffeine issue too – as in, these are people who are not hopelessly addicted to caffeine to the point that they’ll wake up just to get coffee. The last time I got more than eight hours of sleep a night was probably about a year ago, and I still remember it – I got like ten hours of sleep and my whole day was thrown off.

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  1. Lora says:

    I also live to sleep 9-10 Hours. It’s soooo good

    • Aidevee says:

      Same but 14 hours?! Between her exercise, her weird twice-daily meditationing and hot yoga, I’m surprised she has much time left in the day to do anything to become anxious about.

      • olivia says:

        Is it a surprise she is a bore? zzzzzzz

      • Megan says:

        I can easily sleep 14 hours, but I set the alarm so I don’t. Sleeping that much actually leaves me weirdly groggy and tired.

      • Drea says:

        Lots of high profile athletes are starting to come out saying they sleep these crazy hours. Which, honestly, I get. Sleep is super restorative and healing, and when you push your body like that, you need the recovery.

        Dakota Johnson is a bit of a different story.

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        We have found the perfect actress to play Kate Middleton in a future biopic. She’s got the credentials. 14 hours of sleep a day.!

      • T-rex says:

        Dakota is the chillest person I’ve ever observed – Imagine how lethargic she’d act if she didn’t sleep as much as she does. To me, sleep is a waste of time. I sleep out of need, not out of love – And day-time nappers annoy TF out of me

      • Mel says:

        There is nothing weird about meditating. Maybe you should try it. It might make you less critical.

    • Barbie1 says:

      I wish I could do that. I never get enough sleep. It must be bliss.

    • sparrow says:

      I love sleeping. It’s a joy and I sleep well, better now that I’ve worked out I was sleeping too much – 12 hours plus – because of a vitamin deficiency. My partner goes on and on about how it’s “wasted time” and wouldn’t it be great if evolution had worked out a way of not doing it. He annoys me so much and not in a funny way. I love winter when it’s cold and I wake up, it’s the weekend, the kids are old enough to fend for themselves, and I find the warmest spot in the duvet and drift off again. Sleeping too much made me feel ill, tho – like I was in a permanent trough of dozing.

      • tealily says:

        Sleeping is the absolute best! I’m of the mind that sleep in something you should never ever guilt anyone for. You’re body must need it!

  2. Granger says:

    It’s not having a regular routine that makes it easier to sleep long hours when you want to. I need to be at work by around 8:00, so I get up early because I prefer to work out first thing in the morning, and then I get ready for work and walk to my office. Doing that five days a week means my body is used to the routine and I simply CANNOT sleep in on the weekend anymore! Plus I wake up a couple of times a night, too, which I think is also down to menopause…

  3. Sass says:

    I love sleeping, and I’d be a 9-11hr person every night if I could. But I’m a mum, and that doesn’t happen!. But lack of sleep is also why I’ve aged 5 years in 12 months lol

    • AB says:

      I feel you! If I wanted to get 10 hours of sleep a night I’d have to go to bed at 8pm like my kids 😩 But post-kid-bedtime is my favorite part of the day and I regularly stay up too late, drunk with freedom, and end up getting only 5 or 6 hours in.

      • Fran says:

        This describes me perfectly.

      • Sasha says:

        Hahaha, drunk with freedom mother of a 15 month old here! Sometimes I really am idiotic about it and stay up scrolling on my phone till past midnight. I love sleep once I’m actually sleeping but find it depressing to lose the day and go to bed early. I wish children came with a 9am start…. (*remembers my child-free covid life where I rolled out of bed at 8.30 to start work at 9. God!)

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        This was my life with kids, too! Now they are all in their 20s and I revel in the sleep I can now get- I sometimes go back to bed in the morning after animal care and snatch a couple more hours. It is sooooo good, now that hot flashes are under some semblance of control. Ahhhhhhh!!! In bed at 9, lights out by 10 at the latest.

      • Becks1 says:

        honestly, this is part of my issue with going to bed when I know I need to. I am so used to having 2-3 kid free hours after they go to sleep (they used to go to sleep at 7) and now that they’re older and go to bed at 830 or 9, I still want that 2 hours of kid free time and then I am in bed too late for that 6 am alarm lol.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Same! My favourite part of the day. My husband works crazy hours and sometimes we manage to spend this freedom time together, and sometimes he is not there. I love both. 5-6 hrs max for me and when I sleep more than 7 my day is thrown off, like jetlag.

  4. Lady Esther says:

    I used to be a CHAMPION sleeper, albeit late-shifted (ideal sleep time was midnight to 9 am). I could function with less than 9 hours only with coffee. I fondly remember when I was young and single, living alone, burrowing into the bed for an entire weekend with the cat, only getting up for water and a pee every now and then….bliss.

    Then menopause! HAHAHA. Insomnia for Eight. Years and counting…. I’ve tried every sleep aid known to man but they leave me groggy in the morning which I hate. It’s somewhat better now with regular vigorous exercise, but I still sleep in fits and starts (4 hours here, hour nap there, snoozing in front of the telly….). What I wouldn’t give for even 7 hours of sleep straight through!

    • H says:

      I agree. No one ever tells you about the insomnia part of menopause. I’m normally in bed by 10:00 p.m. on work nights yet I wake up at 3:00am to pee, then try to go back to bed for a few hours but then wake up usually again at 6:30 to let the dogs outside. Even on the weekends when I know I can sleep in, I can’t. I’ve also tried every medication known to mankind to help this.

      But hey, if Dakota can get 10 to 14 hours, good for her. Wait until she hits about 50 something, she’ll long for those days.

    • mellie says:

      Oh my, the menopause insomnia is so terrible. I go to either Pilates/Yoga myself at 6 a.m. during the week and without fail I wake up at 4:45 every morning. My alarm is set for 5:15, but I’m fully awake at 4:45 (sometimes earlier) no matter what time I go to bed. I call it the menopause alarm. Then on the weekends when I could sleep in…nope, I’m always awake earlier than my peaceful sleeping husband, usually 6:30-7 a.m. Ugh. Thank God for naps. But I will say that I never was a 10-14 hour a night sleeper. Eight hours or so is plenty for me. I would have given my soul for 8 hours when my three kids were small and I was working.

  5. sparrow says:

    She needs to get her B12 tested. I was sleeping 12 hours a night until I went to the GP and asked for a panel of tests. My B12 was apparently “through the floor”. Thing is, I LOVE sleeping, but I definitely missed out on a good year’s worth of productive life with my family. Started taking B12 tablets and felt like a dimmer switch had been turned up.

    • dlc says:

      I went from my normal 8 to 9 hours to 12 and was still exhausted. diet changes have helped some, but I am coming to terms with the possibility that I need more sleep than thr average person. it is frustrating that I can’t get more done. Especially exercise.

      • Vik says:

        Have you had your vit D levels checked? A lack of vit D can also make you feel like no amount of sleep is ever enough.

    • sparrow says:

      Hi dlc. Vik is right. My vit D was not at all good, either. It’s because I take drugs that mean I can’t metabolise certain vitamins, or something. My neurologist did not tell me until I was the one to start asking what was going on, taking it to my GP instead, who was a great help. I felt very let down by my specialist, who, when confronted by my results, turned round and told me it’s a common side effect. I couldn’t work out why someone with a whole food diet, eating dairy, fish and meat would feel so washed out. There were times I was too tired to be with my kids, for god’s sake. Be your own advocate, is my take from that experience. I had the whole range of tests, including iron. I still love to sleep, it’s like a hobby!, but I get up on time and am ready for the day. Before this I would wake up, briefly, and find myself fast asleep for another hour or so. My GP could not believe how I managed to get through the day with kids and babies.

      • Lady Esther says:

        I feel you. During my most desperate insomnia + hot flashes (and added nausea and heart palpitations! So not fun!) period of menopause, my village (male) doctor who was 70some and nearly retired, listened for about 5 minutes and then wrote me a prescription for 60 Valium. Not 6…Not 16….60. For a known highly addictive drug!! And said with a wink that he’d refill it whenever I wanted. Good times

      • sparrow says:

        Lady Esther. I like that. My friend takes valium and swears by it. It’s horses for courses. We all have a doctor we trust; an instinct of what is wrong; a feeling about what will get us through.

  6. Cessily says:

    A thyroid, anemia or kidney issues cause people to sleep more I have learned from personal experience.

    • Carrie says:

      Re thyroid. I wish 😢. I regularly suffer from insomnia and the more I stress about it , the worse it gets 😞

    • Aly says:

      I’ve been suffering from insomnia since 2012 and it keeps getting worse. Now I can’t fall asleep till 5:00 am – 6:45 am.

  7. Anna says:

    I love sleeping, the only reason I’d get out of bed instead of trying to go back to sleep once I’ve woken is because my body tends to ache otherwise. Have no idea if it’s related to just getting older (which boo, I’m not even thirty yet), but it’s a real bummer.

    • Steph says:

      I get back pain after about two hrs if I’m laying flat. I sleep propped up to avoid it. But it only lasts until I get up and start moving.

      • Lady Esther says:

        Ladies, try a zero gravity chair – it changed my life! Helps with circulation and stiffness too….I have a LaFuma which is the gold standard, but there’s lots of other options. I just prop it up in the kitchen or another room, hit the streaming music and doze off…it’s glorious. In the summer it’s in and out of the house to the garden and back every single day 🙂

    • Kaye says:

      @Anna, look into the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Being awakened by body aches was one of the things that pointed my doc toward a diagnosis.

  8. Steph says:

    Ha! I wish. The longest I can sleep straight through is about 4 hrs. I’ve been an insomniac since I was a kid. It’s gotten to the point of hallucinating from lack of sleep. Then about once a month I crash for about six hrs.

    • Kitten says:

      Same. If I get 6-7 hours between bouts of awakeness, then it’s a successful night.

    • sparrow says:

      I’m sorry to hear this, Steph. (and Kitten) I once heard a school mum tell another mum, insomniac, that her life would be so much better if she simply painted her room a soft green and had lavender bubble baths before bed. The insomniac mum walked off. I would have told her to f*** off. People are so ignorant.

  9. Puppy1 says:

    Anything in the 8-12 hour range is normal for me. At 15 hours, my husband will check my breathing 🤪

  10. nutella toast says:

    I think I read somewhere that JLo sleeps at least 8-10? I mean…it’s clearly working for them. I identify with put the kiddo to sleep and then you have all this blissful silence (until you start washing dishes, doing laundry, paying bills, picking up, making tomorrow’s lunch, etc but at least you’re not being interrupted). In the end, I probably average 6 1/2, which isn’t great (my son has to be at school by 7:30 am).

    • Lucy2 says:

      That’s a big part of why these celebrities say they can sleep that long, they have people to do all of those tasks for them. It’s easy to go to bed early when you don’t have a million chores and responsibilities!

      • sparrow says:

        It’s also a brag. “Look at me, I’m so healthy, I can sleep on the dot.” It goes with the whole wellness industry idea of the perfect being who eats their greens, walks thru nature, drinks herbal tea.. I don’t believe celebrities.

    • nisa says:

      Nutella/Lucy, this exactly to both your comments. While I was working and raising children I was lucky to get 6 hours. Retired empty nester and it took a while to adjust but I love my sleep and get at least 8-9 hours every night (I do the wake up and pee thing but always go back to sleep). If someone with other responsibilities (job/kids/etc.) has the time to sleep 10+ hours other people are helping with the heavy lifting – which is fine! I would have done it if I could have afforded it.

  11. Ginger says:

    I go to bed around 10:30 every night and get up around 6 ( to get the kids ready for school) I even do this on the weekends because my body is so used to it. If I sleep longer I actually feel more tired.

  12. Bingo says:

    I need 9-11 hours. Sometimes people who struggle with anxiety, untreated ADHD, seasonal depression etc need more sleep to stay regulated and healthy. No shame in that. I wasn’t;t surprised to see she says she manages anxiety (albeit with meditation – but I am sure sleep is part of it).

  13. Uralmom says:

    Sleep Apnea.
    Even if you think you are sleeping through the night, you aren’t. I could easily “sleep” 14 hours a day because in reality my body is waking up every few minutes to make me start breathing again, so I am always tired.
    Then there is the crushing shame I feel when I have slept in or gotten up 3 hours after my husband has been up, got to the gym, and headed off to work

    • Lady Esther says:

      Please don’t feel any shame about lack of sleep…it’s one of those things, especially as we get older (and believe you me, your husband will feel it in his 50s as well and suddenly become super sympathetic hahah). I may be in bed for 12 hours trying to sleep, but I may only manage 6 hours, with a break in between. It is what it is. Menopause sucks!

      Shame and anxiety around sleep, whether you’re getting enough, or too much, or not at the right time of day makes it even harder to just do what your body wants you to do. Same with sex.

      Tip from an old: Life boils down to eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, act independently (of all of your relational obligations….meaning, have healthy boundaries) and always aim for joy. Hard to do but that’s really it. No one has any secret to growing old with bright eyes, thin, sterling health and beauty and happiness without cost. If you’re more interested in being happy, it’s really all about listening to your body and soul, the end.

    • Andrea says:

      @Uralmom Do you use a cpap machine?

  14. Becks1 says:

    My ideal is 8-9 hours of actual sleep. So if I want to get out of bed at 630, I try to be in bed by 930 or 10. This rarely happens, 10-1030 is more common, and then it takes me up to a half hour to fall asleep.

    I also have anxiety which is STUPID* and i regularly wake up at 4 am, lie there wide awake with anxiety building in my body, and then I fall back asleep around 545, just in time for my alarm. I just need to get up at 4am and do something but I can’t bring myself to do it.

    *I say its stupid bc half the time I know what I’m anxious about – like I’m worried I’ll forget about that 8am ortho appointment for one of the boys or I know I need to get to school to set up for the breakfast or whatever. But the other times i’m just there, feeling an anxiety attack building, and there is nothing I can do about it bc I can’t talk myself down from the issue, you know? and then I get anxious about being tired and not getting enough sleep!!!

    Anyway, my husband can sleep for 10 hours, maybe longer without kids and dogs around. On weekends, unless I stayed up too late the night before, my body is ready to go by 7 at the latest.

    • Lady Esther says:

      Oh honey. I want to give you a big hug. You’re working so hard…you deserve to feel good.

      Anxiety is not you being stupid…it’s a combination of life situation, aging, being female in a misogynistic world, genetic predisposition/body chemistry and This Crazy World. Please stop blaming yourself! Life is too short….

      Do what you need to do and what works for you to manage the anxiety, but above all do not blame yourself. On the contrary – love yourself, as much as you can and as often as you can. I’m a big server of others, too and I can’t help them if my tank is empty 🙂

    • sparrow says:

      Becks1 That sounds really hard going. This sleep thing is getting way out of hand. Doctors are seeing people who can’t sleep because they’ve become worried they aren’t sleeping enough, all since these articles started flooding the media a few years ago. I can appreciate that someone with anxiety is likely to fixate on this and so it goes round in circles. I wish they’d shut up, actually; all this emphasis on what makes us feel better makes us feel worse if we can’t do it. When I was sleeping too much, no B12/D, I started worrying I was damaging my health, because oversleeping became the new big worst thing you could do. Article after article about how bad it was. One of our kids is a light sleeper and my partner is forever asking her when she woke up and how many hours she slept. As soon as she gets up, he starts asking. It is stressing her out about sleep and causing more problems. He is under strict orders to stop.

  15. Concern Fae says:

    People need different amounts of sleep. That said I think Dakota is like Robert Pattinson and her interview answers have little relation to her actual life.

    • ee says:

      exactly, remember the limes? Dakota is definitely someone who just says stuff in interviews. (Something I like about her, tbh.) I don’t think anybody should take the 14 hours thing too seriously.

  16. sevenblue says:

    Besides the lack of certain vitamins, I want to add what I noticed: the body loves consistency. When I have slept 9-10 hours for a period, it became a habit, I wouldn’t feel awake if I didn’t get the same amount of sleep. I didn’t even hear my alarm. What changed it for me was the smart watch. I set the watch’s alarm for 8 hours of sleep and since its alarm was shaking my wrist, I started to have straight 8-hour sleeps. A couple of days later, my body adjusted to the new amount of sleep. Now there is no tiredness. I advise anyone who wants to decrease the sleep hours, just hang on a few days, if there is no health issue, your body is gonna get used to the new normal.

    • Puppy1 says:

      @Lady Esther, you are a very wise and caring woman for both of your previous comments ♥️

      @Becks1, ask your doctor about a low dose of Trazadone. It’s an anti anxiety that helps with getting to sleep and staying asleep. It is not addictive and has a short 1/2 life. I use it for insomnia that I’ve had all my life and it’s worked wonders. It also helps with restlessness leg syndrome!

      • Lady Esther says:

        @Puppy1 thank you. I am blessed with great girlfriends that I’ve had for years and years, from all walks of life and from all over the world that have shaped me and supported me through thick and thin…social media really helps to keep in touch….And I have the greatest mother and sister anyone could ask for…and finally, Celebitchies are awesome, I learn so much from all of you every day while I’m having a good gossip and a sorely needed big cackle 🙂 Happy Holidays everyone!

  17. Newt says:

    When I sleep and don’t have to be up for anything, I consistently sleep 10 hours so my body likes 10 hours of sleep. I don’t regularly get 10 hours though. I do go to bed early, but I also get up early. 14 hours is a lot but I bet she doesn’t sleep 14 hours regularly. But sleep is so important so if she wants/needs 14 hours, why not?

  18. ooshpick says:

    What the hell? Why judge those of us who enjoy/need sleep and can sleep long hours. All my life I have been a long sleeper. I am single and have no kids. I have a rich life but I need 10 at least a couple of times a week. When I was younger I needed more. I am an introvert and an empath. I have cptsd. I need to recharge like nobodies business.

  19. Libra says:

    Reading all your posts I am consumed with jealousy. I have been plagued by brutal insomnia my entire adult life. I have tried everything; Physical exams and lab work all within normal range. I sleep/ doze 2 hours or less at a time with lots of in between tossing and turning. I refuse to prescription meds offered to me because I have bad reactions to them which are frightening.

  20. hanna says:

    how to say you’re rich without saying you’re rich

    • sparrow says:

      Exactly. It’s a rich woman’s wellness brag.

      • Twin Falls says:


      • Twin Falls says:

        Although this explains why Gwyneth was never going to be able to scare her off. Anyone who can, without any sense of how it comes across, say I sleep 10-14 hours a day, meditate twice and then exercise is just a natural born Goop. Or she’s trolling Gwyneth and is actually just funny.

  21. JaneS says:

    I wish I could sleep and feel rested.
    Has not happened in years, the older I get, the worse it gets.

    Good for her tho.
    Most of us gotta drag ourselves thru life.
    Multi-millionaires got it easy.

  22. kgeo says:

    I just started sleeping well. I quit working out so hard and suddenly I have no issues with sleep. I am still active, just no more heavy weights or lots of cardio. It’s so weird. Now I just go for really long walks or do pilates or some intense yoga. I will occasionally do weighted exercises or 30 minutes on the elliptical, but it’s not super regular. Now, when I climb into bed at 8:30, tired or not, I’m usually passed out by around 9:30 and stay asleep until around 5:50. It’s awesome!

  23. Grant says:

    She gets 10-14 hours? MUST BE NICE! Although I’d be bored spending that much time in bed, but I do love my sleep. I’m typically a 7–8-hour guy but can go longer on the weekends, especially because I love to sleep in. When I have anxiety (typically work-related) that can affect my sleep but usually I don’t have much of an issue falling back to sleep, fortunately. Working out and running regularly really help me in that aspect too. My issue is mainly that I’m a night owl, I hate going to bed early. It’s completely irrational, I just feel like I’m going to miss out on something. Those wee hours are also more or less my “me time” so I cherish them and enjoy playing video games, reading a good book in a late-night bubble bath (DIVA!), watching YouTube videos, or just doom-scrolling on Instagram or Reddit, lol.

  24. Kristin says:

    Eh, it’s different for everyone. My dad was a freaking racehorse who got up at 5:00 EVERY morning, worked a full-time job and then spent his free time doing stuff like chopping wood or renovating old houses. He had ridiculous energy his whole life. And then there’s me, lol. I have endometriosis, which means I’m already tired just from that, and I take prescription painkillers which make me MORE tired. I’m only 44, but I am in bed by 9:30 every night and sleep until 8:00. It also helps that I work from home and I don’t have kids, lol. But I physically need 10-12 hours every night, my body is just a train wreck.

  25. Andrea says:

    My ex sleeps 10-12 hours per day, but it takes him 1-2 hours to go to sleep. If he gets 7-8 hours since it is really only 5-6, he comes home and takes a 2 hour nap. He is a professor, so he doesn’t have a 9-5 schedule and has no responsibilities other than work, so he can sustain that schedule.

    I used to sleep 8-10 hours and had insomnia etc when I drank caffeine. I have been caffeine free for 12 years now and I rarely have insomnia now. I am extremely caffeine sensitive. Even if I eat a chocolate or a chocolate dessert, I sometimes have a bad night’s sleep. I also had to cut out alcohol completely during the pandemic as well because I found if I had two glasses of wine, my heart would race and I would have an awful night’s sleep—again I am very sensitive to alcohol as well. I also have low b12 and take a supplement now. I sleep 6.5 to 7.5 hours now, but I also have been diagnosed with sleep apnea(I stop breathing in my sleep) and now use a CPAP machine and I get a much better quality sleep now. If you have sleep issues, I highly recommend cutting back or out caffeine and or alcohol and getting a sleep test.

  26. Lionel says:

    What a strange bunch of comments. People need different amounts of sleep,l. There’s no shame in any of it and the judgments I’m reading here are just… odd. Particularly when most studies show that more sleep = healthier older adulthood.

    And yes, I’m a sleeper. I need at least 10 hours a night, 12 is ideal, 14 is glorious. I also have advanced degrees, a fulfilling and lucrative career, a happy marriage, thriving children, great friends and a busy social life. As well as good skin, lots of energy when awake, perfect post-menopausal bloodwork, and no exacerbation of anxiety from sleep deprivation. No judgment to anyone who can’t/doesn’t need to/doesn’t want to sleep that much, you do you. But anyone accusing me of “sleeping my life away” can suck it, because statistically I’ll be living longer and enjoying life more fully along the way.

    • Lady Esther says:

      +1. No judging about something as basic as sleep, we have enough of that on the daily!

      • Andrea says:

        Agree 100%. A lot of people give my ex hell for sleeping so much, but he functions better than some people I have seen on adrenaline, caffeine, and no sleep. Sleep is so important for overall health. My friend’s husband almost had a stroke 2 weeks ago from sleep apnea and he is 41! His bp was 220 over 120 and there is nothing wrong with his heart. Poor sleep is nothing to mess with.

    • Innie says:

      [Will Ferrell I don’t believe you] gif

  27. JustBitchy says:

    First, transcendental med is to me almost a weird group (not a cult but like a cult).

    Second, I don’t keep a clock in my room. There are lots of rules/recommendations for sleep hygiene. I got all wrapped up trying to follow them all since they have sleep challenges. Now I pick a s chose

    I would love to be able to just fall asleep for a few hours or more b

  28. tealily says:

    My theory is that they are operating on a deficit most of the time, but when they get the chance to rest they sleep that long. How else could this be true? I can easily sleep 8-10 hours, but every once in a while on a weekend when there’s been a lot going on I can do more. Then I feel caught up and go back to my normal 8 hour cycle.

  29. Rnot says:

    Sleeping and eating both have this weird moral aspect. People love to judge and shame others for doing it wrong. I wish the general public was better educated about it. Society has a very disordered relationship with sleep.

    Some people are genetically short-sleepers who can thrive on 5 hours a night, indefinitely. (Most people who think they’re short-sleepers are really just chronically sleep deprived and subjecting their bodies to stress that causes rapid aging.*) Conversely, there are some people who are genetically long sleepers who require 10+ hours a night to be healthy.

    There’s also a little known effect where skipping a night of sleep entirely can sort of ‘hard-reset’ the brain for many people with depression and other mood disorders. It can drastically reduce depressive symptoms immediately, whereas antidepressants can take a few weeks to kick in. Which is good because the anti-depressant effects from sleep deprivation fade out after a few weeks. Many people who struggle with mood-disorders accidentally discover that “staying up late” sometimes makes them feel better without realizing what’s happening or why.

    *I’m firmly convinced that Elon Musk broke his brain back when he was sleeping on the floor in the factory.

  30. Is that snow? says:

    That’s one Dakota, I envy.

    If I believed that there was a finite amount of sleep available to human beings I would be sure that Dakota had been stealing my share.

  31. Sharon says:

    I like sleeping but I don’t like my dreams. I’d like to have a couple nights with no dreams to get some good sound sleep. I try and stay away from tv shows/films/books that cause anxiety or are disturbing.

  32. jenjamtx says:

    At 53, I’m a slug in the morning. About 8 years ago, after years of watching the minutes tick by on the clock, I fell into intermittent sleeping. If I wake up and it’s apparent returning to sleep is not on the immediate horizon, I read my Kindle until my eyes won’t stay open. It’s been life changing. Fortunately, I have a work schedule that doesn’t require being anywhere at a scheduled time. I am aware that most people don’t have this luxury. And a lightening storm took out my clock many years ago and I didn’t replace it. I still found myself awake on time and got my daughter to school every damn day on time. I could never go back to looking at a clock all night long.

  33. CruzMom says:

    My normal sleep patterns require 10-14 hours. I have a high intensity corporate job so that is not doable during the week, but left to my own devices that is absolutely what I need. I am foggy by the end of the week after getting only 6-7 hours a night. It’s not a nutritional deficiency and I drink caffeine (couldn’t handle life otherwise), so I have no idea. I think each body is different, but it IS well established that people who sleep less are more successful, so being able to sleep obnoxiously long hours is not necessarily a plus.

  34. Sadie says:

    It’s me. I’m Dakota Johnson. Lol give me all the sleep!!