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What Are Short Sleepers?

Short Sleepers: People Who Thrive on Less Sleep

I need a lot of sleep to get a good night's rest, and the amount is probably more than the average person. It's definitely a lot more than the ideal amount of seven hours of sleep that scientists recommend. Turns out, there are actually people called short sleepers who perform better on less.

Natural short sleepers, who can survive on less snooze time without being sleep deprived, seem to have it all. They have better moods, faster metabolism, and the ability to spring back quickly from disappointments, according to sleep scientist Christopher Jones.

Unfortunately, it's not a skill you can pick up. It's something you're born with, and it apparently surfaces during childhood for some short sleepers and runs in some families. Wow, I sort of envy short sleepers — it must be great having all this extra time and to wake up fresh after only a handful of hours of sleep!

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