Whatever you think needs you so much doesn't really need you that much. Turn off the lights and go the fuck to sleep.
I've tried everything I can to measure but I cannot see an improvement between 8 vs 6 hours of sleep. I opt for 8 because these article scare me but I actually feel worse than with 6.
I don't drink coffee or alcohol and I fall asleep within 10 min of going to bed. Is it at all possible that I'm getting what I need with 6 hours?
When I sleep only 6 hours for 2-3 days in a row, I'm tired and have a lot of trouble concentrating. I think most people are regularly sleep deprived and know it, yet don't prioritize sleep. I'm certainly guilty of that too.
In my case I heard about Xylitol. Its a 5 carbon artificial sweetener that microbes will eat, but starve on. There are studies showing it can greatly help dental and sinus health. I tried the Xlear sinus spray to see what would happen and the quality of my sleep improved dramatically.
BIG WARNING HERE: equating snoring to sleep apnea is NOT the same thing. Sleep apnea can happen when snoring, but it is only 1 kind of type of snoring.
If you have nightmares and wake up in fits suddenly, it may be sleep apnea and you need to see a doctor and get a sleep study.
If someone knows you snore but you don't, you might be a mouth or nose snorer and a sleep study won't help. Each of those has a different set of solutions that don't overlap and something like Xylitol may not work for you.