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I had not intended to spend as much time as I have today in this site, but that thread compelled me to stay with it.
If i get upto eight hours or more sleep i often feel a bit lethargic, i cant get myself motivated.
I get an average of four hours sleep a night, sometimes less. After a week of getting these four hours my body clock is totally messed up and i often have to stay up for a whole night and then i struggle to sleep until early hours the next morning. I will state now that i dont do this with any help from drugs etc.
I am most awake during the early hours, in fact if i'd taken my exams during these hours i would of sworn that i'd of done better. Maybe it's due to the time we're born at or something that stems much further back than that, almost as if it was a gene passed onto us from ancestors or something.
I once read a study that people who live on 8 to 10 hours sleep live longer than people who live on 4 to 6 hours sleep, but in terms of years. Mathematically speaking, those who were living on 4 to 6 hours of sleep, assuming they were productive, got more hours out of life than those who lived longer with 8 to 10 hours sleep. So, it is a trade off, I guess.
I have been on medication that helps me sleep for about 5 years now and I have noticed a major difference in my capacity to concentrate and problem solve.
I have always been told I look far younger than I am, and I do smoke...
...we are more fresh and effective with less sleep and struggle with lethargy whenever we get more than 4 to 6 hours...
Ever since I was a child, I have hated going to bed. Always felt I was missing out on something.
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Dear God! I am sorry my good friend, but 5 year sleep cycles is just too long! Maybe not Rip Van Winkle long, but that is a long time to sleep in one cycle.
My own personal experiences have lead me to believe that having a decent sleep (full 6 hours at minimum, 8 on average) increases the likelihood that I will have a productive day.
I used to suffer from Insomnia to a point where my life was being made unpleasant due to feeling constantly fatigued.
...no matter how hard i try to fall asleep, i just can't...
insomnia may be linked to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Prolonged lack of sleep even causes premature-aging. Sleep is the time when the body renews and rejuvenates itself; it is a time of rebalancing, detoxification, and the re-booting of the immune system. Cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory, is produced during the day and prevents natural cell repair from occurring. During sleep, cortisol levels are lowered, allowing normal growth and repair to take place. Melatonin, another body hormone, is released at night, and works to fight against abnormal cell growth.
I put my problem down to Insomnia because no matter how hard i try to fall asleep, i just can't. It can be frustrating but now i just go to bed when i know i will sleep.