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What would you say if I said, "I just can't go without oxygen! I've met people who are still holding their breath at 12:00, but when I start holding my breath at 11:00, I just can't make it to 11:02, let alone 12:00. What can I do?" I suggest you'd tell me not to be so silly (or something more colourful that means the same thing). The truth is, you need ...


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Is being an early riser AND going out on weekends possible? Yes. That is, according to Personal Development blogger Steve Pavlina, who has posted a highly popular article on How to Become an Early Riser. In the followup Part II he writes (in the context of having the locked-in habit of regularly getting up at the same early time): You can always ...


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The answer here is really simple, if you ask me: If you feel that you can solve the problem or if you are in the right "mood" you must keep going because that state is hard then to replicate in the future. If you struggle with a problem and can't come up with a solution, the best thing, at least for me, is to sleep over it. The new day brings me new ways ...


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well i have been in this situation sometimes because of deadline at my job. so these are the things that i find it best. 1) practically speaking 15 -30 min nap are really good in this situation when your mind is half awake and half asleep. i must say sleeping beyond that will not be of much help in your situation. set a alarm in the situation if you ...


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Your current scheme is no good. Despite what you say about having to stay up late, try going to bed before your night alertness kicks in, because then it's often too late to fall asleep given that you are a night person. Then go up earlier, perhaps 5:30 AM, to finish the things you should've done the previous evening. And to facilitate falling asleep, avoid ...


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Common things to consider: nutrition (supplements, perhaps) and diet (do you eat well? Do you eat a lot of carbohydrate heavy food? Are you eating something with protein in the morning), sleep routines, if you snore you could have sleep apnea (consult with a doctor: when I got a machine to feed me oxygen at night it turned my world around when I suffered ...


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First of all, you were procrastinating if you only have two weeks left. You want to study the whole semester not just right before exams. Only you know when the best time to study is for you. It doesn't sound like it is late at night if you have to ask. As far as being tired, are you eating/sleeping enough? Are you overcommitted? Look at where your ...


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Sleep is very important for learning. The more you learn, the more drowsy you'll feel. Late night studying is a poor habit, and if your body doesn't feel like it, chances are that it doesn't work for you. Try studying at other points in the day. Everyone is short on time, but they manage it. Maybe you're better off in the early morning or between classes? ...


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Quite often this is caused by your circadian rhythm out of sync with when you want to sleep. Your body is fatigued, but it doesn't think it's time to sleep yet. You can be completely exhausted, but if it doesn't align with your circadian rhythm, all you'll get is a short nap that makes you feel better, but doesn't give you a good night's rest. It doesn't ...


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I guess to start you're always dreaming in some form when you're in r.e.m. sleep, and you want r.e.m. sleep every night, so I would not recommend looking for anything to limit your dreams, you just need to improve the general quality of your sleep. I have several tips that I try to follow that should help out, as I have had similar trouble to yourself ...


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See http://www.supermemo.com/articles/sleep.htm for an article (a very, very thorough article) on sleep research. The summary is that polyphasic sleep success is a myth, the human body doesn't work that way for the long term.


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For academic studying, I have always been a fan of the following method, which is generally accepted as an efficient way to learn and memorise information for exams (this may not be best for all subjects, especially those requiring activities etc) During classes, take notes highlighting key points and listing all unfamiliar terminology Ideally after each ...


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Try this alertness test: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/how-awake-are-you. This reaction time test may also interest you: http://www.topendsports.com/testing/reactiontest.htm


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The science is pretty persuasive and matches with my experience. I feel that I function better and come to alertness and become truly awake more quickly if I resist snoozing. That said, I've never set my snooze to longer than 10-15 minutes. If I can afford a 30 minute snooze I'd probably just set my alarm for 30 minutes later! I've also found that a better, ...


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I have always had one natural technique for resetting my clock, and lately I've taken to an artificial one, which is easier and surer. The natural is pulling an all-nighter. When I used to have my sleeping patterns all messed up what I'd do is forego sleep that night, hold on up till around 7-8pm and then sleep super early out of exhaustion, getting about ...


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I find it very helpful, in addition to the advice provided by Adam Tester, to keep a small running record of events. The way I like to do it is something of a mix between a simple event log and a journal, where I record both the actions I've taken and my attitude about them. I combine this with my running to-do list. For example, let's say I'm working on a ...


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I'd recommend vigorous physical exercise during the day. Try enrolling in a gym or start running during the day. Physical exercise tends to promote quality of our sleep and the ability to fall asleep. Someone here mentioned that you shouldn't do exercise right before sleeping - this is a myth. You can do it right before sleep and you won't have any side ...


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The half life of caffeine is around 6 hours for an adult. So if you drink a cup of coffee at 3 PM, half of it will still be in your system if you try to fall asleep at 9 PM. Hence the recommendation to you is to stop drinking coffee well before afternoon.


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To quote myself: How to fall asleep Sleep in a cool room (slightly leaning to cold!) Take a warm shower before sleep Play some calming music (classical) Pull the blanket only until your knees (= upper body without any cover) Wear very warm socks (wool socks) Do something calming just before sleep (read a book for 30 mins in bed) Eat a little bit of sugar-y ...


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Well,these cannot substitute of a sturdy sleep. At least would keep you conscious as well. -Making strech or exercises that keep your blood alive. Also pay attention to in-working posture. -Massaging your head and ears for same blood thing. -Eating balanced, not much or less. -Drinking plenty of water. -Washing your face regularly. -Taking breath ...


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I also have an inability to function well in the morning. I don't think it is something that can be changed. It's just the way our bodies function. But, being aware of the problem allows you to adjust your behavior to compensate for the lack of productivity in the morning. Things that I have done to adjust: Get up right away with the first alarm. It ...


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I think "sleeping better" and "getting more out of life" are two interwoven things, so the short answer is: Both. For example, I managed to sleep better because I decreased my stress levels and get more physical activity. Waking up earlier gave me more time with people and more opportunities getting out, having more fun and doing more work. The same ...


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There is one author I think you would really like to read, he has a lot of information about "efficient" studying. He also has a blog, so you could look there, or read his books. I have the two about university, and I haven't read them all the way through yet, but they've been helpful, and address exactly what you're getting at. The author's name is Cal ...


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The simplest one: An alarm clock - when it goes off, I get up Training your internal clock by always getting up at the same time means you often get up just before the alarm, or are at least in a very light sleep at this point.


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This question is pretty broad!! However, I do have some general actions/tips for you. I've used most of them and I sleep very well... not that I am super productive, haha... Practice conscious living instead of just productive living: In any case, you'll need to develop a conscious sense during the day. You may have achieved more than you think, and ...


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Don't get an alarm clock with a snooze function. Get a loud alarm clock that requires you to get out of bed to turn it off, and never get back into your bed once up. Even at weekends - start to train yourself that up is up. Go to bed earlier. If you need 8 hours and need to be up at 7, get to bed by 10 aiming to be asleep by 11. Avoid working on a computer ...


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I experimented with polyphasic sleep a few years ago and from that I have retained the ability to fall asleep quickly pretty much anywhere. My best trick is to pretend to be in REM sleep: Find a comfortable position to sleep in, close your eyes and squint slightly while looking upwards, basically trying to look at the bridge of your nose. This should not ...


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When it comes to Polyphasic sleep I know of no better reference than my favorite alternative lifestyle guy, Steve Pavlina. He tried a VERY extensive polyphasic sleep experiment a few years back and I am still itching to try it due to the success he had but life around me is not working that way. You can see/learn everything you need to know about it here: ...


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I've been doing polyphasic sleeping for almost one year (Everyman with two naps, but I am thinking about switching to biphasic sleeping since it seems more natural). Here is what you could do (supposing you want to try the "standard" biphasic with 6-hours core sleep and one 20-minutes day nap): Know your the length of your own sleep cycle. 1.1 Take a ...


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The thing I have realized is my levels of rest and sleep depend on too many things other than just the sleeping time. Here are my experiences. You have to ask yourself, what kind of tiredness do I have to take care of? Physical Mental Emotional At times when you are having a great time with friends, family on an event or party or day/ night out ...



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