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Are you or someone you know a "short sleeper?" Require very little sleep?

For a small group of people—perhaps just 1% to 3% of the population—sleep is a waste of time.

Natural "short sleepers," as they're officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, then get up just a few hours later and barrel through the day without needing to take naps or load up on caffeine.

They are also energetic, outgoing, optimistic and ambitious, according to the few researchers who have studied them. The pattern sometimes starts in childhood and often runs in families. 


Asked by tasches at 8:20 PM on Apr. 4, 2011 in Health

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  • geez my husband. who else could work 48 hours and come home and hang like everything is ok.....go to bed on time and then do it again. everyone else i know who does shift work comes home and sleeps or pay the price if they don't lol

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:22 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • Yup my ex husband lives on 3-4 hours a night if that. He has done it for over 25 years that I know of. I need 7-8 at the least.

    Answer by voni681 at 8:26 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • I am like this and so is my son.

    Answer by Peajewel at 9:04 PM on Apr. 4, 2011

  • I am like this and so is my mom

    Answer by MaterialGirl198 at 9:07 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • My husband is like this and I am about 50% of the time.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:41 AM on Apr. 5, 2011