How Much Sleep Do You Need?

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  • Studies show most adults need between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep to feel rested but theres no magic number. Thomas Edison got by on catnaps; Einstein needed ten hours, while actress, Penelope Cruz tucks in for a full fifteen. Your ideal sleep needs are personal a combination of three factors: genetic make-up, bio-chemistry and stress level, says Joyce Walsleben, PhD, co-author of A Womans Guide to Sleep. Take our quiz to determine how much shut-eye you require - and learn ways to reset your bodys clock.


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  • Which is true for you?

    a. As soon as my head hits the pillow, Im asleep for the night
    b. It takes me a long time to fall asleep.
    c. I fall asleep right away but often wake in the middle of the night.
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  • On weekends, I usually

    a. Sleep in as long as I can
    b. Wake the same time as I do during weekdays
    c. Wake earlier I have tons to do
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  • What would your dream vacation be?

    a. Pampering spa
    b. All inclusive resort
    c. On-the go 12-city tour of Europe
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  • At the end of a party, Im usually

    a. The first to leave.
    b. Heading out with most of the guests
    c. Around to help the hostess clean up
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  • Do you doze off during the day?

    a. Several times
    b. For my regular afternoon catnap
    c. Never
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  • When the alarm rings, do you hit the snooze button

    a. Always
    b. Sometimes
    c. Never In fact, I dont need an alarm clock
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  • When do you usually get a second wind?

    a. Early morning
    b. Early afternoon
    c. Early evening
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  • Which room in the house do you spend most of your time?

    a. Bedroom
    b. Living room
    c. Kitchen
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  • Would you prefer to meet friends for?

    a. Brunch
    b. Afternoon tea
    c. Dinner
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  • Would you say your metabolism runs?

    a. Slow
    b. Medium
    c. High
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