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Sleep Schedules. [Jul. 31st, 2008|12:31 pm]
Chaz Meyers
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Anyone who has known me for a significant amount of time knows I spend a lot of time and energy worrying about my sleep schedules. It seems my most comfortable routine is waking up at 9:30AM, lounging and getting ready until 10:30AM or so, and getting in to work around 11:30AM, and then going to bed sometime between 12:00AM and 2:00AM.

Now, while my current work and lifestyle allows for this, I would rather shift myself such that I'm in work sometime between 7:00AM and 9:00AM. That way my workday ends around sometime between 1:00PM and 3:00PM. I have always loved sleeping late, but at the same time I have also always romanticize the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn. Plus, with that extra daylight time I could experience the day in new and exciting ways. Maybe I could take up kite flying.

Of course, I also have a particular affinity for the hours between 11:00PM and 1:00AM. I don't want to be an old fogy, after all. Maybe there is room for compromise.

To wean myself into waking up earlier, I started an experiment this week. My alarm is set for both 6:00AM and 7:30AM. That way I can initially wake up at 6:00AM and be half-asleep until 7:30AM. I tend to naturally wake up in two phrases like that anyway, so I thought I might be able to recreate my normal refreshed state of being if I tricked my body into thinking that it was still in charge.

The results have been less than awesome. I've found on some days, I would in a half-awake stupor just turn off the alarm at 6:00AM and not wake up until my normal start time. Curses! Regardless of whether I turn the alarm off or not, I find myself much more sleepy and cranky throughout the day. This is probably because my room has 5 windows with inadequate shades, so my room is flooded with light by 6:00AM, so any subsequent sleep is not sufficiently restful.

Maybe I need to give the experiment a bit more time to allow my body to shift a bit. Or maybe I need to change the parameters a bit. Hm.

[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2008-07-31 05:18 pm (UTC)
It takes more than a week to get yourself into a decent sleep schedule. I've never understood people who can't rise with their initial alarm because I've been so conditioned to do so.

If you have your alarm on the far end of you room and physically have to get up to turn it off, that may help. Just never, ever, let yourself lay back down. Sometimes you have to force yourself to be icky and tired throughout the day for a few weeks until your body learns that you indeed are tired at midnight. I don't go to bed until around midnight and I'm up at 7am with little problem. It's a matter of just taking the few weeks to condition your brain.
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[User Picture]From: gwennluin
2008-07-31 05:24 pm (UTC)
I agree with this.

I have to actually get out of bed to turn my alarm off. Pain in the ass? Totally. But it eliminates the possibility of me turning it off whilst half-asleep, not resetting it and subsequently oversleeping, like I used to all the time.

Set schedules are not only healthy, but they're just plain good for productivity and being responsible.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2008-07-31 06:15 pm (UTC)
I do have a set schedule. I just want a different one. :)
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[User Picture]From: gwennluin
2008-07-31 07:36 pm (UTC)
Meow. :)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2008-07-31 06:14 pm (UTC)
It's not a matter of not being able to wake up with an initial alarm. I just enjoy waking up to a second alarm. It gives me time to have a lighter sleep that is more pleasant to wake up from.

The problem with being icky and tired for me is that I find it difficult to concentrate and think through problems enough to be productive. If I'm a zombie for a few weeks, I end up with a few weeks of work stacking up.
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[User Picture]From: finnell1912
2008-07-31 11:41 pm (UTC)
When you wake up is your room significantly darker than outside? I've found (recently) that if I leave my curtains open the increasing brightness in the room makes getting up easier as I start to come out of my deep sleep sooner due to the ever increasing light.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2008-07-31 11:57 pm (UTC)
Nah, with my windows and white walls, my room is bright as early as dawn.
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