ZzZzzZ! Five more minutes please!?

jmann

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Sleeping. I love it. I'm sure most people enjoy it.


Are you a light sleeper that would wake a drop of a pin, or a deep sleeper? I personally sleep really soundly and never wake up (you can hate me now).

I personally sleep about 7-8.245 hours a night, and it seems to be fine for me, I only wake up slightly tired. But I know a few people at work who function awesome on like 3 hours of sleep :eek:.

What are your sleeping habits like?

 

SamIchi

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School days, 5-7hrs
Non Class days, easily over 8hrs.

I think I'm more of a light sleeper. I wake up to my phone vibrating for my alarm.
 

mac88

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I hardly sleep. I've tried everything. Nothing has ever worked. I might doze off for 1-2 hour (naps) but I, for the life of me and medical science, can not sleep on a regular basis. I will have one day where I might crash and that might be for around 5-6 hours. I guess my body just shuts down. Those days are few and far between.
 

jmann

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Original poster
I hardly sleep. I've tried everything. Nothing has ever worked. I might doze off for 1-2 hour (naps) but I, for the life of me and medical science, can not sleep on a regular basis. I will have one day where I might crash and that might be for around 5-6 hours. I guess my body just shuts down. Those days are few and far between.
There is a magical plant that helps with insomnia I heard. Have you ever tried that? It sure does make most people tired. :p
 

macfan881

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I usally get about 6-7 when i work. but im a light sleeper takes me a while to fall asleep than little things will wake me up I usually wake up a hr and half before i go to work "i live like 20 min for my job" give my self half an hour to wake up than shower than pretty much get to work now when I'm off I can usally sleep till 11sh am or so if i want to I love sleep:D
 

ravenvii

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For my body to be happy, I have to sleep for 9 hours.

However, I do function fine with 8 hours of sleep if you give me time to wake up. Anything under that, and I'll have a tiredness hovering over me all day.

I'm a medium sleeper I guess. I don't wake up that easy, but it doesn't take a nuclear bomb to wake me up either.
 

Koodauw

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My sleep schedule varies a ton. Anywhere from 5-9 hours a night. I am a light sleeper, littlest of sounds will wake me up, but I can fall back asleep within seconds.
 

brendanryder

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Dec 28, 2006
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Hehe, I love the pillow in the OP. :D

I'm a very light sleeper. Also I tend to have insomnia. It's crap. :(
dido for both..
I lay in bed for hours and just cant sleep, super lame.
i think part of it has to do with my love for time.. i dont want to sleep because i could be awake doing something
 

AdamA9

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I love my sleep! My girlfriend cannot stand it when I go to bed because I'm one of those people who just shuts their eyes and that's it, I'm out until the morning.

Usually try to get about 8 hours sleep, although I can function on 6-8 hours.

For people struggling with sleep, you need to try to go to sleep in rhythm with your body clock (inner timekeeping also know as circadian rhythm). If you sleep outside of the circadian rhythm then this disrupts sleep. It is the circadian rhythm that determines the ideal timing of perfect, restorative sleep. And also that allows you to wake feeling refreshed rather than tired. Usually between 10-11pm is the ideal time, but I know for most people this is not ideal.
 

AdamA9

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dido for both..
I lay in bed for hours and just cant sleep, super lame.
i think part of it has to do with my love for time.. i dont want to sleep because i could be awake doing something
I love this theory in people. Studies have shown that those with more quality sleep live longer, are happier, less likely to be depressed or suffer cardiovascular desease, hypertension or diabetes. However, these were only 'studies' and not actual fact.
 

anjinha

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Oct 21, 2006
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I love this theory in people. Studies have shown that those with more quality sleep live longer, are happier, less likely to be depressed or suffer cardiovascular desease, hypertension or diabetes. However, these were only 'studies' and not actual fact.
Well, for a lot people it's not really a choice. I too wish I could sleep more but a lot of times I simply can't, it doesn't matter how tired I am my mind just doesn't shut down easily, I keep thinking of things to do, having random ideas, etc
 

rhett7660

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Jan 9, 2008
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4-6 hours on my work days. I work a crazy schedule.. My shifts are the following:

1230-0430 day one
2030-0430 day two
1230-0430 day three

40 hours in three days. But then I am off for 4 days. On those days I still only get 4-6 hours of sleep. Sometimes I push it to 7 or so hours!
 

brendanryder

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Well, for a lot people it's not really a choice. I too wish I could sleep more but a lot of times I simply can't, it doesn't matter how tired I am my mind just doesn't shut down easily, I keep thinking of things to do, having random ideas, etc
yeah, i defiantly have to agree, i just get so many thoughts going and i cant sleep.

and i could see how people are happier and live longer if they have good sleep patterns but part of the time i cant sleep is because something i on my mind and im not happy so i try and figure it out before i sleep haha
 

anjinha

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yeah, i defiantly have to agree, i just get so many thoughts going and i cant sleep.

and i could see how people are happier and live longer if they have good sleep patterns but part of the time i cant sleep is because something i on my mind and im not happy so i try and figure it out before i sleep haha
Sometimes what happens to me is that I start having brilliant ideas as I'm trying to sleep. :D Either that or I start wondering about random things (How does ink come out of pens? :p). Once I couldn't get to sleep until I figured out how to solve a math problem. :eek:
 

Gav2k

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I sleep from 22-00 till 1am 5 days a week and the other to vary but never more than five hours.
 

AdamA9

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Well, for a lot people it's not really a choice. I too wish I could sleep more but a lot of times I simply can't, it doesn't matter how tired I am my mind just doesn't shut down easily, I keep thinking of things to do, having random ideas, etc
I was responding in reference to this:

dido for both..
I lay in bed for hours and just cant sleep, super lame.
i think part of it has to do with my love for time.. i dont want to sleep because i could be awake doing something
Not being able to sleep is another matter all together. It can be changed by a number of things. Diet, drinking, TV etc.
 

brendanryder

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Sometimes what happens to me is that I start having brilliant ideas as I'm trying to sleep. :D Either that or I start wondering about random things (How does ink come out of pens? :p). Once I couldn't get to sleep until I figured out how to solve a math problem. :eek:
i used to have this when i was big into photography. i remember last night i layed in bed thinking about school and life and bs for a couple hours, and as soooooon as i was falling asleep i was like crap, forgot to do my abworkout haha.

and AdamA9 i totally agree. the whole me being infront of a computer for alot of the day and stuff doesnt help, and i just like the night time, its quiet and i get to do my own thing :).
but im on a diet so i mean i dont drink or really eat anything suggary so theres no caffine haha
 

AdamA9

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and AdamA9 i totally agree. the whole me being infront of a computer for alot of the day and stuff doesnt help, and i just like the night time, its quiet and i get to do my own thing :).
but im on a diet so i mean i dont drink or really eat anything suggary so theres no caffine haha
Sounds like you're doing the right things, but it's advisable not to have caffein, alcohol before bed, and preferably no liquid up to 90 minutes before you sleep. To help you feel rested and relaxed to sleep, food that helps to produce serotonin is good, like whole wheat toast with sliced tomato and turkey slice, non-fat flavored yogurt, sliced apple with peanut butter.

Look for any foods like this :)
 

brendanryder

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Sounds like you're doing the right things, but it's advisable not to have caffein, alcohol before bed, and preferably no liquid up to 90 minutes before you sleep. To help you feel rested and relaxed to sleep, food that helps to produce serotonin is good, like whole wheat toast with sliced tomato and turkey slice, non-fat flavored yogurt, sliced apple with peanut butter.

Look for any foods like this :)
i wish i could have alcohol or caffeine haha, im on a strick p90x workout diet and im not suspose to eat up to 3 hours before bed cus it just like sits in your system lol
 

stridemat

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Im a student so I generally function on 6 hours a night, my body seems to cope quite well during the week. However at the weekends I sleep a lot to make up for it.
 

CaptMurdock

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I used to be able to function on almost no sleep when I was younger. Three hours was fine for me in my high school days. Now I need at least six or I'm useless the next day.

It takes me a little while to actually fall asleep but then I'm a bear.

I sometimes wake up in the early morning (as a matter of fact, it's 4:30 a.m. as I type this). If I don't fall back asleep in the first ten minutes, I'm up for hours.