People vary greatly in their need for sleep. There is a myth that we all need 7 to 8 hours sleep every night. In reality, many studies have shown that people range between needing 4 hours a night up to needing 10 hours or more.
Also the amount of sleep a person needs varies throughout their life. Not only does the need for sleep vary from person to person, and with age, it also varies depending on level of activity.