How much sleep do engineers need?
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This week, we’re thinking about daylight-saving time, which comes to an end this Sunday at 2am. What that means to me - and I’m very happy about this - is an extra hour of sleep this weekend.
Rumor has it that Leonardo Da Vinci, an engineer in his own right, followed a polyphasic sleep schedule to make more time in the day to work on his projects. Fans of Seinfeld will remember the episode where Kramer tried to copy Da Vinci by only sleeping 20 minutes every three hours. When he finally falls deeply asleep in his girlfriend arms, she thinks he is dead, puts him in a sack, and dumps him in the river.
So the results of such sleep patterns, at least according to sitcoms, can be disastrous. Yet here in the real world, I’ve heard many times over from EEs that they normally run on less than what’s considered a good night’s sleep.
This brings us to this week’s question: How much sleep do you need per day to be at the top of your game as an engineer and why?
Post your short answers below and be sure to stay tuned to this blog for more questions in the weeks to come!