Originally Posted by Nords
You probably have to be ER'd to truly give sleep its proper priority in the scheme of things.
Sleep needs vary with the individual. There's just no way to fool oneself that it can be treated as a habit that could be modified. I can rarely stay down for longer than six hours and some nights I'm up after just four or five hours. However I managed to marry a woman who cannot function on anything less than an absolute minimum of eight hours of sleep, and sometimes more. After 28 years I'm pretty sure this isn't gonna change, although any further attempts to do so could dramatically affect my lifespan.
I also work out 5-6 hours a week more than she does and eat way more seafood than her, yet her bodyfat % is lower, her cholesterol numbers are lower, and her blood pressure is frequently in the double digits.
Genetics Life is not fair.
Another joy of retirement: sleep. Deep, full cycled, eight hour, non-stressed, naturally ending sleep.
Right after retirement I found myself sleeping ten or more hours a night, tapered off to eight after a month or two.
I agree that trying to change her would be a very bad idea.