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There are various solutions for tracking your sleep cycles. A few phone apps will claim to track them by resting on your pillow and monitoring the movements during the night, but I haven't heard any rave reviews about their accuracy. Your best bet is probably a fitbit or similar fitness tracking wristband. It will measure your movements far better than the ...


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No, it does not apply since a Kindle with e-ink uses reflected light instead of a backlight such as used in an LCD display. So it is no different than reading a normal paperback or hardback book. (This does not apply to the various Kindle Fire tablets, which are more like an iPad and use a backlight.) At least one of the studies was done using an iPad at ...


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Mindfulness training has scientifically been shown to greatly improve awareness, attention, focus, and presence. So if you want to improve your vigilance significantly, Mindfulness training is recommended.


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Take this quick test and you will get a very good detailed answer. Automated Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (AutoMEQ) http://www.cet-hosting.com/limesurvey/?sid=61524 Center for Environmental Therapeutics - AutoMEQ The second part of your question can be found here. How to fall asleep in under 1 minute ...


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I am not sure if the cons outweigh the pros of sleeping on a consistent schedule. Infact, I have found myself to be better aligned with priorities and as you mentioned brings order to chaos. However, productivity for me is not something that we wait for and that is bestowed upon us at an opportune moment only the moving planets can determine. We don't wait ...


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Consider following things to do after you wake up: take a shower (obvious I think, but very helpful). listen to music - you can find many nice playlists on Spotify with energetic music which can help you set your brain on right track. avoid coffee and energy drinks, do some physical fitness, eat some dark chocolate, talk to somebody etc. instead. go for a ...


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There is still much research left to do, but according to ScienceDaily: The researchers found that participants exposed to blue light consistently rated themselves as less sleepy, had quicker reaction times and fewer lapses of attention during the performance tests compared to those who were exposed to green light. They also showed changes in ...


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I've written an extensive post on how to make this work. Similar to Adam, my approach is just start working. As long as you're not undersleeping and therefore zombie-like or grumpy when you get up, I'd expect that if you just go and start working on your projects (even if you don't feel motivated or enthusiastic) you'll soon find that you feel engaged again. ...


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You are correct to assume that waking up between sleep cycles is a great way to start the day fresh. I believe that for most people the average time to fall asleep is 15-30 minutes this buffer plus the 5 sleep cycles of 90 minutes would come out to be ~8hrs I find that for me there is no difference between 7.5 hours and 6 hours. If I find that I will not ...


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My Fitbit Surge does this automatically and is for the most part very accurate though it gets confused if I get up before midnight.


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It depends on the person. The standard solution is pretty simple but you'll need some discipline for 2 weeks. In theory either of the following work but in practice regular mornings seems to be more robust: Wake up the same time each morning, no exceptions. If you need to be awake at 8 AM each day except Tuesday you have to wake up at 7 AM, then for the ...


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I either use pen and paper, or (most often) just actively try to remember the time before I go to bed and then write it down to a spreadsheet in the morning. I know you want to automate it, but I usually find these micro-optimizations very cost/benefit ineffective. Besides, I believe that if you can't force yourself to implement this habit into your life, ...


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There are many patterns of sleep one can try. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphasic_sleep From the typical: To, well, if you can pull this off apparently it feels great, but I also understand that it is very strict; missing the schedule even a little bit causes a huge (huuuuuuge) crash: Ideally the optimum sleep time depends entirely on your ...


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If you're using LEDs to illuminate your Kindle, that's likely even worse for your circadian rhythms than an LCD monitor. The source of the sleep deprivation is from the hue of blue in the light waves, not from the lightsource itself. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side It doesn't matter where the light comes from, LED ...


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If caffeine stays in your system for that long (which would be unusual), you should avoid it (or maybe dring minimal amounts if that is working for you). For reference: the half life of caffeine seems to be about 6 hours (source), e.g. after 24hours there is less than 7% left. The source I linked to also talks about genetic causes for different reactions ...


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You are starting a vicious cycle of guilt, shame, lack of sleep and procrastination. Congratulations: by asking for help you are taking some steps to break it. Here go some ideas: Staying awake is the worst thing you can do. It might seem evident but just needed to make it 100% clear. Knowing how to stop working is important. And you deserve sleeping. ...


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Along the same lines as Atif, rather than feeling forced to choose between better sleep with interuppted bursts of productivity and uninterrupted productivity with bad sleep, maybe look at the problem as 'How do I improve my ability to pick up where I left off when a burst of productivity gets interrupted?' The time boxing app Vitamin-R has a few different ...


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If you get enough sleep, i.e. 7 to 9 hours and still feel tired in the morning it is important to consult a doctor. You could be suffering from any number of problems. I had exactly the same issue, and after blood tests it was found I was deficient in folic acid. Other people I know have been found to have sleep apnea(where you stop breathing for short ...



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