How much sleep should the body get? Is it really dependent upon the individual? Is there a minimum we should all get? I have heard the most important time is around 3 am, or 4 am because the body produces, releases melotonin (hope i'm not confusing that word with skin cancer word, because that's not what i mean). During certain times, I am able to get by on very little sleep and am able to function at my maximum and then some. I slept two and a half hours last night. A few nights ago I had two hours sleep. In between that I slept seven hours. I have heard that Einstein slept only four hours a night. So? We weren't related. I'm talking about ME! My body does balances itself out. I do take a "sleep aid" faithfullyy that I intend to find an alternative to. It seems during the fall/winter my body seems to want less sleep. My sleep pattern during those seasons is irregulary regularly predictable. This morning when I woke at 1:17 a.m. my first reaction was "Oh sheet." All my short term stress was because somewhere in my lopsided brain is this old tapes that says, "You must sleep seven to eight hours every night, never two hours" When I decided to do something constructive, turn on the pc and head to this forum it was good. I'm not tripping over canvas's of jesus, nor am i taking apart electrical appliances or mowing the river. My time is quality time that I spend with me when I choose to go with little sleep. If not tomorrow, then the next night, my body will stay asleep between four to seven hours. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.