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Going to bed at 3 A.M. - bad rhythm?

  1. Feb 24, 2010 #1

    currently, I am studying for an examination, and I believe I have developed a bad habbit of going to bed very late. Concerning the exam, there is still a lot to study for me, but I think I am doing well and it's not too stressful so that I can relax if I want to. In these days I do hardly go to University as I study at home instead. In the mornings, I wake up between 10 and 11 and then don't feel much like working. I usually start at 12-13 o'clock in the afternoon. But I am usually not that efficient and I take a break usually from 17-18 or to 19 o'clock. It is then that I become really efficient and it's the evening time when I become really good. I usually work to 2 or 3 in the morning and then go to bed. My parents hate it, but usually I feel best in the evening/night and when I see that I have only three or four hours remaining till 2 or three o'clock (bedtime), I really try hard and feel like I don't want to let the day go. Usually, I manage to get ahead a lot in the evenings, my peak is around 22:00 I would say.

    I sometimes wanted to change that pace and go to bed earlier, but the feeling that I don't want to let that day go without finishing this or that chapter always makes me go on till 2 or 3 in the morning.

    Is that a bad rhythm/pace? Should I absolutely change it? What do you think?
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  3. Feb 24, 2010 #2
    Dunno but I also find I become very productive around 10-11pm. Although I also usually am very productive for about an hour after I get up, before I have a chance to get frustrated.
  4. Feb 24, 2010 #3


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    Mine is around 3-5 am... I'm not helping eh :biggrin:
  5. Feb 24, 2010 #4
    You're just like me. I will sometimes stay up until 4 in the morning to study for exams or finish homework. If works very well unless you have morning classes.
  6. Feb 24, 2010 #5
    1. Sleep at least 8 hours a day (11 PM to 8 AM)
    2. Eat properly 3 times a day
    3. Do not surf on the internet/watch TV from evening to 11 PM and work from 11 PM to 3 AM kind of things.
    4. Work out/exercise at least once a week

    I don't what could prevent anyone from having these. I fail to do either of them when I leave things to the last moment or do not plan things properly.
  7. Feb 24, 2010 #6

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    I used to wake up at 2AM, half an hour before I went to bed. I'd run 18 miles, then work a full shift at the box factory. After lunch I'd go to classes and then I'd hit the books.

    That lasted a day.

    If you have a time of day that is the most efficient for you, then use it. But also get enough sleep.
  8. Feb 24, 2010 #7
    If you go to bed at 2am, and wake up at 10 or 11am, you're getting plenty of sleep. I don't think this is a bad rhythm, as long as you're able to meet all of your responsibilities waking up that late.

    Just make sure you get the 8 hours of sleep that your body requires, Losing even one hour of sleep can have dramatic impacts on your mental abilities.
  9. Jul 24, 2010 #8


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    I concur.

    I went to sleep at 4am and woke up at 6am for an exam 3 hours later, tried coffee for the first time too because I could barely keep my head up. It tasted horrible.... Anyway, going into the physics exam I felt awake but this was probably due to the adrenaline or whatever of doing a big exam. Later after getting home and having a good long sleep till later that night, I started to think back to the questions and realized that while I got one of the equations right and did all the working to find the answer from there, I completely failed at the intuitive idea of the problem.

    Basically it was talking about a spool with thread and if you pull on the thread at different angles, for some angle the spool will roll away from you, and for other angles it will slide across the floor to you. I said above the critical angle, pulling will make it slide to you. It just seems really obvious to me that it would roll away... but not then when I was sleep deprived!
  10. Jul 24, 2010 #9
    Yeah same here, my favorite sleeping time is 4am-12am and then starting around 2pm. The only problem I can see in it (besides the fact it really seems to frustrate my parents who seem to just see the "getting up at 12am"-part), is the fact most exams are about 9am-ish, and then... well that's just pure hell then isn't it :( But it's not like I have a choice, my body slips into the late hours if possible.
  11. Jul 24, 2010 #10


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    And then, the vodka helps ruin sleeping rhythms as well doesn't it eh mr.vodka? :biggrin:

    I also enjoy being awake and usually don't want to sleep till I can't stay awake any longer which makes my schedule drift further and further into the night and well into the morning each day, for example now, it's 4am and even though I have to wake up in 3 hours I'm still stupid enough to ignore that distant nagging that was my mum telling me earlier to get a good nights rest.

    But don't get me wrong, I still love my sleep!
  12. Jul 24, 2010 #11
    Lol I really regret this nickname -- I hardly drink any vodka at all (few times in a year)

    Fun to see so many people with the same retarded natural bio-clock :) (or maybe the world is retarded for getting up at 7am -- just those words make me shudder)

    For some reason I had this utopia imagined that in my first year of College, I could finally sleep when I want, but it turned out I had more hours of classes in college than I had in high school. I wonder if it'll cool down in my master (graduate) years... (?)
  13. Jul 25, 2010 #12


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    And I'm not so much a cross between a mental and metallic anymore either :wink:

    I like it too, and especially since my parents are always saying in some form or another "you're stupid, lazy and sick in the head - does anyone else sleep when the sun comes up?" I tell them yes it does happen, but as if they're going to believe me. Let's not consider that I'm on my holiday break and I would wake up at 6am each day for months at a time during uni.
  14. Jul 25, 2010 #13


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    Everybody seems to have a natural rhythm that works for them. I once shared an apartment with a work colleague who loved to stay up late (3-4am). But, because of work hours (8am start) he forced himself to go to bed at 11pm Sunday through Thursday nights. Friday was a long day because he'd stay up until 4am, sleep late, stay up again until 4am, sleep late, then go to bed dutifully at 11pm Sunday to start the new week. He repeated this pattern week after week. To this day I don't understand how he was able to do it.
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