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'Short sleepers' only need four hours of sleep a night

'GMA' Chats with 'Short Sleepers' Who Need Only Four Hours of Sleep a Night

Did you know there are some very lucky people in the world who can get by on only four hours of sleep at night without feeling sleep-deprived?

"Good Morning America" introduced us to a father and daughter who only need a few hours of sleep at night to feel rested.
Source: ABC / "Good Morning America"

'I'm living my life, rather than sleeping it.'
'Not an X-man, just, I feel I'm kinda lucky.'
'Thanks to a genetic mutation, these real-life super-humans simply compress the brain's sleep cycles into half the time.'
Source: ABC / "Good Morning America"

These people are called short-sleepers, and a clinical psychologist who blogged for The Huffington Post says short-sleepers just naturally wake up after a few hours of sleep.
Source: Huffington Post

Many famous faces have claimed they only need a few hours of zzzz's to face the day...

...including Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Madonna.
Donald Trump: Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone
Martha Stewart: Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone
Madonna: Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone

But even though they claim they can get by on a few hours, that doesn't necessarily make them short-sleepers.

The Wall Street Journal says only about 1 percent of the world's population are genuine short-sleepers.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Journal also reports that short-sleepers don't seem to suffer any negative health effects from nodding off for only a few hours.

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Ted Hunter February 28 2014 at 7:54 PM

Tiger Woods is also a short sleeper.

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jijjhnsn February 28 2014 at 5:49 PM

A strong uninterrupted 3-4 hours of sleep is all I need, anything more than that I feel sick as if I have lost or missed a whole lot.

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doopyman February 28 2014 at 8:11 PM

If only 1% of people are short sleepers, then I think it is safe to say the rest of you people suffer from depression. I'm getting depressed thinking about it.

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WILDMAN February 28 2014 at 8:50 PM

I know it sounds crazy, but I wake up after four hours of sleep (without an alarm clock) and get my day started. I have been doing this for many years. I feel lucky that I don't have to sleep my life away.

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rosem86 February 28 2014 at 4:57 PM

I Sleep 6- 1/2 hr a night, and never nap during the day. It is enough for me.

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wiseskeptics February 28 2014 at 4:29 PM

Join the crowd, I have only had 4 to 5 hours sleep every night for 30 years, I don't understand how people can sleep their life away...

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pinky wiseskeptics February 28 2014 at 5:43 PM

8 hours isnt exactly sleeping your life away.

I am willing to bet that you don't do enough activity (strenuous exercise) to exhaust your body to point of needing 8-10 hours of sleep.

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tyler February 28 2014 at 6:56 PM

Best for me: 6 hours each night, 1 hour nap every other day.

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SPIRITFILLEDLIFE February 28 2014 at 2:44 PM

I am married to one and it's no FUN because we are opposites and I am a very light sleeper, so I have been sleep deprived for 32 years. At least I know he's normal now and what he's called.

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Karen February 28 2014 at 6:56 PM

Me? 3-4 hrs per nite. I'm not saying it's the best & I will crash every couple weeks for a full 6-7 hrs at a time but then I'm groggy for what seems like forever. The more I sleep, the "tireder" I am.

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Karen February 28 2014 at 2:14 PM

Six hours here. Anymore and I'm groggy.

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foubabou Karen February 28 2014 at 2:50 PM

6 hours is normal for me, too. In bed by 10 PM and eyes open around 4. Been that way for at least 55 years.

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