This quote from the NY Times made me giggle. Dr. Judith Owens, who directs the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital notes that the average early to mid-adolescent needs 9 to 9.25 hours of a sleep a night, then goes on to head off questions about kids who don’t need that much.
“It’s a bell-shaped curve,” she said, with just 2.5 percent of the population needing significantly less sleep than average.
“The problem,” she went on, “is that 95 percent of us think we’re in that 2.5 percent.”
Granted, the center of the adults’ bell-shaped curve is 8 hours, not 9. And, as you get older, you tend to have more “fragile” sleep patterns – you’re more easily woken by things like noise or light. Personally, I find not getting enough sleep can lead to an adrenaline high, but it can also just guarantee I feel sick all day.