What are sleeping habits like for an INTJ personality type? This is hard to answer with certainty. I scanned a few INTJ forums, and it seems that most INTJs are all over the map when it comes to sleep patterns. Some INTJs stay up all night and sleep more in the day. Some need very little sleep. Others want 8-9 hours of sleep. Some say sleep is dependent on their careers.
One INTJ meme I saw regarding sleep read, “Sleep? Who needs that?”
In this article and video, I thought I’d share my own sleep patterns.
My INTJ Sleep Patterns
Here are a few points to summarize my sleep patterns as an INTJ. Granted, personality type probably has little to do with sleep patterns, so this is probably different for every INTJ.
- For me, I’m usually in bed by 8-9:30 pm. I’m usually up by 4-7 am.
- My sleep habits have been horrible since having a child. As of this writing, my son is two years old and still doesn’t sleep through the night. He rarely takes naps, too.
- I rarely have trouble falling asleep at night. However, if I wake up in the middle of the night, which is quite common, I will have difficulty falling asleep again. My mind will begin analyzing some project I’m working on or some random conversation I’ve had, and I’ll become very alert. When this happens, I may stay up for an hour or two (I usually check the web) before falling asleep again.
- I wish my brain had an “off” switch for that reason. It is very frustrating how my mind will begin to race and analyze things. I can’t stop it.
- I tend to be a light sleeper. Minor noises can wake me up fairly easily.
- I also tend to be a back or side sleeper.
- I have difficulty taking naps in the day. I cannot take a nap unless I’m extremely sleep deprived.
What if an INTJ Loses Sleep?
I really need sleep. If I lose sleep, I can’t function well. Some INTJs seem to do fine without sleep, however. When I do lose sleep, here’s how I operate:
- I drag through the day. I will stumble over words, make errors with whatever I’m doing, and sometimes lose coherency.
- If I’ve lost a lot of sleep, I will become stressed more easily, and I will also become quite irritable. I’ll snap at something minor, and my usual filter won’t catch some of my inner INTJ thoughts.
- One last thing, I rarely struggle with depression and I’m an overall positive and optimistic guy, but before I go to bed, I often get this bleak feeling come over me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m exhausted or what. However, it reminds me of a scripture in Psalms 30:5, which reads “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Surprisingly, no matter how tired or “blue” I feel when I go to bed, I almost always feel fantastic when I wake up.
In conclusion, sleep patterns have very little to do with the INTJ personality type. I’ve shared some of my own sleeping traits in case other INTJs can relate.