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Postby GAP » Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:18 am

I too suffer from lethargy and tiredness at the same time. Sometimes when I do get my eight hours, I feel refreshed and ready to go but at that point everyone else is asleep.
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Postby Trajan » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:11 am

I'm trying to train myself to need less sleep. I'm tired of sleeping for ten hours because then it just feels like I've wasted a few hours when I could have been doing something else.
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Postby drinian » Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:36 pm

View Original PostTrajan wrote:I'm trying to train myself to need less sleep. I'm tired of sleeping for ten hours because then it just feels like I've wasted a few hours when I could have been doing something else.

When I was in college, I tried to induce myself into a polyphasic sleep pattern so that I would only sleep two hours a day -- the so-called Dymaxion or Uberman pattern.

72 hours in, I called it quits and slept for about 16 hours, right after watching the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer tries the same thing. Mainly, I discovered that the body can barely cope with keeping itself upright 22 hours a day, let alone do something productive.

I suspect that it might've ended up like my junior year of high school -- I involuntarily fell asleep a lot during class and only got 5 hours or so of core sleep many nights.

I have very little memory of that year. It can't be good for your brain.

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Postby Xeroko » Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:26 pm

Im a total night owl, as such working 9 to 5 is hell on earth for me. Id kill for a night shift programming job.
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Postby Falcon_of_the_Sun » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:38 am

View Original PostTrajan wrote:I'm trying to train myself to need less sleep. I'm tired of sleeping for ten hours because then it just feels like I've wasted a few hours when I could have been doing something else.


You might find it a lot more beneficial to try and use your waking hours in more efficient ways. Try and keep a tally of how you spend each half hour of the day for a couple of weeks. You might get some surprising results on which work on.

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Postby Ieyasu » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:36 am

The nature of my job means I could be a night owl, and I think I've always preferred being awake when everyone else is asleep and has STFU. At first I thought I was more productive and creative at night, but I've since found getting a solid 7 or 8 hrs sleep and waking up early and sticking to a regimen to be even better. Mostly because daylight is the best light for working, and because it just feels healthier to get some sunlight/daylight. That improves my mood and my mood improves how much I get done.

Since I spend a lot of time at my desk not moving around a whole lot, maintaining a healthy weight means forcing myself to get up and take time out to do something physical for 30 mins every day.
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