Natural short sleeper

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Definition

A natural short sleeper is someone who sleeps a lot less in a 24-hour period than is expected for people of the same age, without being abnormally sleepy.

Alternative Names

Sleep - natural short sleeper

Causes

Although each person's need for sleep varies, the typical adult needs an average of 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night. Short sleepers sleep less than 75% of what is normal for their age.

Natural short sleepers are different from people who chronically do not get enough sleep because of work or family demands, or who have medical conditions that disrupt sleep.

Symptoms

Natural short sleepers are not excessively tired or sleepy during the day.

Signs and tests

Treatment

No specific treatment is needed.

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Knutson KL, Van Cauter E, Rathouz PJ, et al. Trends in the prevalence of short sleepers in the USA: 1975-2006. Sleep. 2010 Jan;330(1):37- 5.

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 6/15/2012
  • Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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