Can you get by on less sleep?

How much sleep do you really need? Some of us value a good night’s sleep and others try to accomplish more with less sleep. Individual sleep needs depend on age, lifestyle, genetics and other factors. Researchers estimate that less than 5% of people are true short sleepers, while most of us need a good night’s sleep in order to function. According to Nathaniel F. Watson, the president elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says “Good sleep begins with good hygiene”. Good sleep hygiene consists of behaviors that include exercise, consistent wake times, less time napping, exposure to daylight, and less screen time in the evenings. If you try to get by on less sleep, or if you suffer from a sleep disorder, practicing good sleep hygiene may not be enough to help you achieve the sleep you desire. At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell has extensive training in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at for more information.