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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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This is beginning to really stress me out Of course it is: look at the structures you have built up around getting out of bed. It's in your language as well: you call it waking up on command. You don't seem to get that getting out of bed is a simple binary decision. Either you do or you don't. Why do you tolerate nonsense like and went back to sleep? Your ...


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You have a habit you want to get rid of; namely, staying up too late. I'd suggest you look through previous questions with this tag. These two ones are probably most helpful: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? How to control or change habits? Any ideas on how to trick my mind into wanting to go to bed? I think this is mistaken. It's ...


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If anything, physical activity should help one be more alert, so all these menial tasks are actually a favor to your body :) I'd suggest talking to your doctor and getting some routine stuff checked ,such as iron levels, B12 levels, and perhaps your thyroid as well. Additionally, you should make sure to drink plenty of water - lack of proper hydration ...


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At this moment I can see two different questions and I will try to answer both. 1. How can I deal with having a night-time job? Having a night-time job is almost the same as a day-time job. The main difference however will be that you change the times on which you would be sleeping. Personally I sleep from 11 PM till 6 AM. If I were to transfer to a night-...


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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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You said: going to sleep early isn't necessarily an option. If that is true, then getting up early isn't an option for you. The reality is, humans need a certain amount of sleep, and if we don't get it, we don't function properly. Now, I know there are people who claim that they don't need much sleep, but they are either (1) rare and special (and ...


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Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.” ~Dr. SunWolf I've had the same problem throughout my life, but started scheduling appointments early in the morning so I knew I'd have to get out of bed. The point is YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO TREAT CLASSES AS AN OPTION! You had a low standard from the beginning and kept it,...


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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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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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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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First things first: Consider visiting a doctor, especially if this last 6 months right now. Find some time for physical activity. Start with small steps (Kaizen method, see below). Consider looking for another job, it looks like current one is not interesting for You. Limit TV and other non productive activities You do every day to save energy. Consider ...


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First speak to your spouse. If you get fired over this issue, it affects your spouse too. Also, can you try doing the chores after work. Some people think better at different hours. If you can offset the tiredness by being more productive at work, that might help.


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One thing not mentioned yet in the other answers: Check your work environment. Is there enough light and fresh air? High CO2 levels can cause sleepiness (low oxygen levels usually cause headaches).


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Fatigue and dizziness can be signs of dehydration or low blood sugar. So make sure you are staying hydrated and maintaining blood sugar levels throughout the day (sudden high levels that quickly drop low will make you feel tired). When I'm feeling tired at work I'll occasionally do 5-30 jumping jacks and that usually helps wake me up. You could try doing ...


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I also have to maintain a strict "early to bed, early to rise" sleep regimen. I love to lay down and listen to a guided meditation podcast on my i-phone. These meditation programs can be secular, Buddhist or Christian in orientation.There are also relaxing podcasts like story oriented Night Vale, and podcasts which play super relaxing music. I find myself ...


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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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