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The Death of Sleep, The Sleep of Death

Poll #1296365 Sleep Poll

How many hours do you sleep per night, on average?

Mean: 7.02 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.50
0
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
4
2(3.9%)
6
26(51.0%)
8
19(37.3%)
10
3(5.9%)
12
1(2.0%)
14
0(0.0%)

How many hours do you sleep per night, MINIMUM? (0 here means you occasionally pull all-nighters)

Mean: 3.09 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.40
0(0.0%)
0
15(28.3%)
1
3(5.7%)
2
4(7.5%)
3
1(1.9%)
4
13(24.5%)
5
8(15.1%)
6
6(11.3%)
7
2(3.8%)
8
1(1.9%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)

How many hours do you sleep per night, MAXIMUM? (use "14" for "14 or more")

Mean: 11.04 Median: 11.5 Std. Dev 2.25
0(0.0%)
0
0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(1.9%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
2(3.7%)
8
3(5.6%)
9
5(9.3%)
10
13(24.1%)
11
3(5.6%)
12
15(27.8%)
13
1(1.9%)
14
11(20.4%)

Do you ever stay up more than one night in a row?

Never
18(33.3%)
Rarely
16(29.6%)
Sometimes
7(13.0%)
Back-to-back nights of sleep deprivation (lower than your average)
11(20.4%)
Back-to-back all-nighters
2(3.7%)

Rate your agreement with this statement: I would sleep MORE than I normally do if I could afford to with my work and school responsibilities.

Strongly disagree
7(13.2%)
Disagree somewhat
7(13.2%)
Neutral
8(15.1%)
Agree somewhat
14(26.4%)
Strongly agree
17(32.1%)

Rate your agreement with this statement: I would sleep LESS than I normally do if I physically do so without ill effects.

Strongly disagree
5(9.4%)
Disagree somewhat
7(13.2%)
Neutral
9(17.0%)
Agree somewhat
15(28.3%)
Strongly agree
17(32.1%)

What compounds do you use to keep you awake?

None
9(17.0%)
Caffeine: soda pop
5(9.4%)
Caffeine: carbonated energy drinks or guarana drinks
0(0.0%)
Caffeine: energy "supplements" (5-hour energy, etc.)
0(0.0%)
Caffeine: brewed drinks (coffee, tea, etc.)
11(20.8%)
Caffeine: pills (Excedrin, Vivarin)
1(1.9%)
Nicotine: smoking
0(0.0%)
Nicotine: patch
0(0.0%)
Nicotine: pill
0(0.0%)
Norepinephrine and Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors (NDRIs, e.g., bupropion aka Wellbutrin)
0(0.0%)
ADD medication (e.g., Adderall, Ritalin) or other amphetamine
0(0.0%)
Other stimulant (ephedrine, methamphetamine, MDMA aka ecstasy, cocaine, etc.)
0(0.0%)
Other, not listed
7(13.2%)


ETA, 21:05 CST Tue 12 Nov 2008: OK, now it's correct. Sorry to all those who responded and commented before; first I forgot to list "tea" in addition to "coffee", and then I added the "sleep deprivation" question and forgot to make the "compounds" question a check box question. This is a repost. Thanks for all your replies!

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Banazir

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gondhir
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I actually have some caffeinemints, but pills seemed to be the closest I could find.

Also, I suspect you forgot a "could" in here somewhere:

Rate your agreement with this statement: I would sleep LESS than I normally do if I physically do so without ill effects.
banazir
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the correction
I should have remembered candies and soaps! Your mints are at least comestible, though. I have... Shower Shock.

Yes, you're right. The way it's written, if taken literally, is either self-contradictory or asks whether the reader would sleep the minimum possible number of hours if he or she could.

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Banazir
gondhir
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the correction
Yeah, I have my doubts about the ability of the human body to absorb a significant amount of caffeine through the skin that way...
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Shower Shock
I'm surprised it hasn't been debunked altogether, but I haven't looked very carefully.

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Banazir
dsthenes
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
omg penguin mints.

And turbotruffles....
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banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Bladder-based awakening
This only works to a certain extent for me. I guzzle soda pop to stay awake in the early evening. Later at night I might drink half an energy drink (a whole one if I'm very sleepy, but that only really works to wake me up fully in the morning). In the end, I end up being awakened by the need to use the bathroom, but I've usually slept for 3-4 hours by then, so it's a moot point.

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Banazir
bojojoti
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
I'm an insomniac. I don't have to try to stay awake; I have to try to sleep.
betawriter
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yep. Me too.
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
The more fortunate you!
Ah, but I see that comes out to 6 hours a night for you on average. My aunt has a friend in her 80s who has slept 3 hours a night for the last couple of decades, and has a wonderfully appointed kitchen in her basement.

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Banazir
mrowe
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
I sleep about 5 hours a night, so I filled in 6. I used to sleep about 6 to 7, but this is what my body now seems to happily run on.
Also, coffee (caffeine in general) doesn't keep me awake, I can drink coffee right before going to bed, and the only effect it'll have is that I wake up to pee at some point.
nakki
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
So just to give context to my answers. I'm an MIT undergrad. Last term I slept a MAX of 3 hours a night. There was more than one week a month where I pulled back to back all nighters for two or more nights (including weekends) and at no point did I sleep for more than 21 hours a week. When finals ended I slept for 48 hours straight. Apparently I got up sometime in the middle to go pee (people saw me in the hall way) but I have no recollection of that.

This term I've been getting 4 hours of sleep....every two days... I think. But I get to make up sleep on the weekends by sleeping from Friday at 5pm till Sunday at 4am. So it's kept me from being as extremely sleep dep'd as I was last term.

At the beginning of term I have to take all kinds of crap, but about now my body has come to a happy equilibrium and I only need minimal amounts of caffeine to keep myself conscience. What's harder is waking myself up. I can keep myself awake for long periods of time, but once I'm asleep it takes major effort to get up again.
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banazir
Nov. 15th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
MIT is hardcore, 'nuff said!
Wow. I just showed this to one of my grad students (weninger), who is duly grateful that he was at K-State for his undergrad degree. :-D

I did the "3-4 hours a night" thing (down for the count between 0300 and 0400, up by 0700) for my first semester of grad school. For the next seven years (1994-2000), I got about 6 hours of sleep a night. I have settled into a happy medium of 3-5 now, averaging 4.5 if you count my night of 6-9 hours' sleep once a week.

I never pulled all-nighters. That first semester of my Ph.D. program, I made sure my 25-30 hours of sleep a week was an even 3 per night, minimum. I was 19 and didn't even feel it.

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Banazir
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banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Cedevita orange soda
Is that like Tang?

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Banazir
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wudu_wasa
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm....that's good OJ.
oxbastetxo
Nov. 13th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I have a slight cheat to stay awake, but I have to be careful with it. I have a prescription for Provigal. It's a prescription stimulant that is used for Narcolepsy. I don't have that, but I do have chronic fatigue and my Rheumy gave me the Provigal to counteract the issues caused by my fibro and arthritis. Only downside is, that dispite it not causing the jitters, it does raise my blood pressure significantly if I take it very often.

It's wonderful though. A half a pill hits my system like a pot of coffee, just without the jitters of caffiene. :-)
zaimoni
Nov. 13th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
With occasional all-nighters enabled by natural-spectrum lightbulbs and CoQ10: I'd love to add in green tea (as an antibacterial "primer", but the theophylline is just too much stimulant.
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