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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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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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If you, like me, dont like to waste you time with sleep, I think you should try Polyphasic sleep. Polyphasic sleep involves taking multiple short sleep periods throughout the day instead of getting all your sleep in one long chunk. A popular form of polyphasic sleep, the Uberman sleep schedule, suggests that you sleep 20-30 minutes six times per ...


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You have nailed it, discipline is not replaceable. Go to sleep before midnight. I am not sure how you got the idea that 2AM is the sleep onset time for you - it is just about time when most people's cortisol levels are starting to climb slowly, which means - the body is starting to get ready for the next day. Best go to sleep around 10 PM or other time ...


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Optimize your Sleeping Time Sleep Cycles: Respect your sleep cycles and Find out the best times for your to go to sleep and wake up. Intelligent Clocks: Consider using an alarm clock that respects your sleep stages. Some exist as traditional desk/nightstand clocks using sensors, but you can also install apps on a smartphone using either sensors or the ...


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You get the problem because you've trained your mind so that it gives you a wake up whistle only when it comes to attending classes/tests, which means, according to your body, any other thing is not obligatory during that time period. So your brain figures "I don't have to do this, so let me just sleep for some more time!" and it makes you oversleep or turn ...


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Before the industrial revolution people actually didn't sleep in one 8 hour block. Historical research has shown that people actually slept over a 10 hour period but in two phases. They would go to bed much earlier and sleep in a 4 hour block and then by up for a couple hours before going into 'second sleep'. In a study by Thomas Wehr, he had volunteers ...


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The body does most of its recuperating during the REM phase of the sleep cycle. Our usual sleep cycle consists of a 6-8 hour stretch with a small REM phase in between. We actually need just about 2-3 hours of REM sleep everyday. Alternative sleep cycles take advantage of this and are based around getting into, and out of, REM sleep quickly and much faster ...


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I have recently started using a polyphasic sleep schedule (6 hour core sleep with a 20 min nap). To do this, I basically just started taking a nap in the middle of the day when I was able and then going to bed later. After a few days of this, I found that I wanted to go to bed for my core sleep earlier rather than later and so I allowed myself to do that, ...


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When you say "oversleep", do you sleep through your alarm? Hit snooze too much? Switch it off and go back to bed? Assuming you're using an alarm clock there are a few ways to deal with not getting up in the morning when you should. A good idea is to put the alarm out of reach so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. If you're not using an alarm clock ...


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I read 2 kinds of studies related to sleep and productivity: People staying in total darkness for a few weeks: these studies showed that our natural sleeping cycles are not 8 hours every 24 hours, but 6 hours + a 30 min-1hour nap every 24 hours. It means we are built for having short naps: so whenever you can afford it, you should do it! At least it is ...


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I recently made a great leap in my own war with the snooze button. I wish it had never been invented, but I have now proved to myself: NO SNOOZE If I get out of bed immediately I feel like crap for at least 5 minutes, but after that things seem bearable. ONE OR MORE SNOOZES Get up after a snooze and I will feel exactly as crap as above, for the same 5 ...


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I believe that the latter is correct. It might be better to sleep 30 minutes more (or less sleep even) coming closer to a 90 minutes sleep cycle instead of dowsing on or off for 30 minutes. There are many apps that can help you calculate the 'correct' time to sleep. You can do this yourself easily though! As a rule of thumb you'd have to sleep in 90 ...


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Force yourself to stay up. You are at 8-5, so gradually increase that to 10-7, then 12-9 until you're all the way back to a normal schedule. Naps are fine as long as your final sleep cycle ends up where it is supposed to be.


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Having struggled with something like this for years, I would advise my younger self to see a doctor sooner (if you can't solve it within a few weeks), and if he/she didn't understand the problem, try a different doctor until you find one who gets it. This kind of sleep schedule can be a symptom of clinical depression, but researchers are discovering that it ...


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Your problem is that you are assumung that your sleeping time should be fixed (as @kramii). This is a very common mistake between people, you should understand that your sleeping time shouldn't be fixed: you should sleep only when you feel sleepy and wake up at the same time everyday. Doing this, your body will adapt to this style and you will achieve ...


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I don't notice a major difference if I snooze (heavily) or not. And yes, I have been a heavy user. The fact of snoozing is not a component that determines the quality of my day. What however does impact my day is the snooze duration. Opportunity cost. I think you have to reconsider why you want to snooze anyway? Answer: a lack of sleep and/or an unnatural ...


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From personal experience, I don't notice a negative difference. If anything, I feel more ready to wake up after using snooze for another 30 minutes of precious sleep. I've never done it for more than that, though, so maybe there is a time limit before reaching the negative effect zone? Perhaps max 30 minutes allows you to stay in the Power nap area, instead ...


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The most popular method I've heard of is the Polyphasic Sleep and a famous person who has been using it was Leonardo Da Vinci Da Vinci's sleeping schedule The Polyphasic Sleep method is based on the sleeping phases and takes advantage of the phase which gives rest to the brain, the REM phase. The idea of the method is to sleep only 4 hours a day by taking ...


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In my personal case, go to bed at fixed time point everyday does not work for me at all. So I have developed another strategy that I thought worth sharing: Instead of going to bed at fixed point (e.g 2am), I would wake up at fixed time point (e.g 6 am). By doing that I can easily adjust to my situation everyday. For example sometimes I had a really busy day ...


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Your case might be special - it's possible that you're one of the lucky few who can sleep very little without suffering from cognitive or emotional issues. That aside, it seems that the difficulty you have in going to sleep at a regular time is related to an impulsive desire to stay up and get stuff done. A few things that would help counteract this ...


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Foods that help you sleep My go-to sleeping pill food has always been the banana: "an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones." (Source.) You may have heard the myth that turkey can send you to sleep ...



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