Do You Sleep To Procrastinate?

SamIchi

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That usually happens with me. If I have a paper due or somethin, I usually get tired and take a nap. I could easily sleep for over 12 hours a day when given the right circumstances. It's like my body just gets really sleepy knowing I have to do something. Then I usually stay up all night writing the paper.

Why can't I just not go to sleep and get it done on a normal schedule?? Have I made my mind and body this way by giving in to the urge to sleep, when I'm supposed to be writing a paper?
 

timnosenzo

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I don't go to sleep, but I sure can think of 10000000000000 other things I could do instead of what I should be doing. :rolleyes:
 

PlaceofDis

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nosen said:
I don't go to sleep, but I sure can think of 10000000000000 other things I could do instead of what I should be doing. :rolleyes:
yeah. sleep isn't a procrastination tool for me at all.
for me its just finishing that level in a game. or posting on MR or what-have-you activity. i'd stay up thinking that i know that paper has to be done.

although i have intentionally put off a paper until the morning of the day it was due. why? because i didn't want to write it the night before and i knew i could pump it out without a probelm in that time frame.
 

w00tmaster

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I do more often than I should

however, at least for me anyway, if I am stuck on a really difficult problem sometimes I will actually figure it out in my sleep, then I usually wake up and go to the problem ASAP so I don't forget what I was thinking of.

It has to be said though that more often than not I will say, "I will wake up early tomorrow morning and do it" and then I dont....
 

Hummer

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I used to do that, until it became really bad for my health, because I would only have like 6 hours to sleep before having to wake up and work. Then I would stay up from like 10 pm to 4 pm the next day and repeat the cycle, each night getting less and less sleep.

Now I just eat to procrastinate, and thanks to being naturally tall and anorexic type skinny it doesn't look like that'll become bad for my health.
 

SamIchi

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Hummer said:
I used to do that, until it became really bad for my health, because I would only have like 6 hours to sleep before having to wake up and work. Then I would stay up from like 10 pm to 4 pm the next day and repeat the cycle, each night getting less and less sleep.

Now I just eat to procrastinate, and thanks to being naturally tall and anorexic type skinny it doesn't look like that'll become bad for my health.

I eat to procrastinate too. If I don't get sleepy, then I'm hugry, gotta have a good meal before work :D
 

xsedrinam

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I wish I could get to sleep at the moment. Maybe reading sleep threads will help. :)
 

John Jacob

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I don't sleep to procrastinate, but I procrastinate by sleeping. :D

Actually SamIchi, in my school days I used to have the same problem as you. Start reading a textbook and I could feel my eyelids getting heavier. But switch to a science fiction novel and I couldn't be more alert. :rolleyes:
 

MacFan782040

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To the original poster: Yes, I do the same thing.

It basically comes down to this... Would I rather be sleeping or doing a paper? I can have a full 9-10 hours of sleep at night and be tired/take naps the entire day between classes, ect. (Im in college). But like today, I maybe had 6 hours of sleep last night with NO naps today, and look at me-- it's 3:30 in the morning and I'm still up. :confused:
 

KingYaba

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SamIchi said:
That usually happens with me. If I have a paper due or somethin, I usually get tired and take a nap. I could easily sleep for over 12 hours a day when given the right circumstances. It's like my body just gets really sleepy knowing I have to do something. Then I usually stay up all night writing the paper.
That is insane. I was thinking of the same exact thing this afternoon. Yes, I find myself taking a little naps to procrastinate.