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How well do you sleep?

  1. Mar 10, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    Some times i sleep best when or if i fall asleep upright in my chair, but that i think is not good sleep, i think the media says one needs rem sleep, so how do your sleep patterns make you feel good?
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2008 #2
    Well, the 'myou' are a rare and unpredictable species. It has been found by biologist that they sleep between 2 to 5 hours a day, which seems little to us, but they do not need more sleep.
     
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  4. Mar 10, 2008 #3

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    Depends on the night. Some nights I sleep very soundly, while others I toss and turn and stay awake practically all night.

    - Warren
     
  5. Mar 10, 2008 #4
    Sometimes I get so tired from work, I sleep on the floor with my uniform still on cos I am just too damn lazy to get my ass moving to the bathroom.
     
  6. Mar 10, 2008 #5
    You sleep in the bathroom?
     
  7. Mar 10, 2008 #6

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    And it seems I toss and turn more the Sunday night after the time has changed, just so the morning is so much MORE difficult for waking up that hour earlier. I think everyone was sleep-walking through the day today.
     
  8. Mar 10, 2008 #7

    Greg Bernhardt

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    I do not sleep well. got maybe 4 hours last night
     
  9. Mar 10, 2008 #8

    Kurdt

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    Sometimes well and other times not. I was quite ill from fatigue recently after having a few months of good sleep.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2008 #9

    Evo

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    I haven't slept well in years.
     
  11. Mar 10, 2008 #10

    chemisttree

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    Happy National Napping Day! Zzzzzzzz........
     
  12. Mar 10, 2008 #11
    Depends on the time of year.
     
  13. Mar 10, 2008 #12

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    I used to be the sort that could not go to bed before 2 am, and desired more than anything in the world to sleep in until 10 or 11 in the morning. It has caused me a lot of problems, like when I'd have to get to work for early meetings or go on group bike rides that started at 8 am, etc.

    Recently, I did an experiment -- I just stopped using caffeine. I completely cut it out of my diet, and within a week I was on "old-man hours." I would get tired at 11, often go to bed before midnight, and find myself unable to sleep past 8 or 8:30 am.

    I now believe that caffeine, even small amounts of it, is very detrimental to a normal and healthy sleep schedule. If you're routinely having trouble sleeping.... just try cutting it out for a week and see what happens.

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  14. Mar 10, 2008 #13

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    No need to rely on faith alone here...this is supported by scientific studies. A lot of people claim caffeine has no effect on them, but they don't even realize how dependent they already are on it, and how disruptive it is to their sleep patterns.

    I know it disrupts my sleep. My problem is when my sleep is disrupted anyway, because of crazy experiment schedules and such, so I'm depending on the caffeine to STAY on a disrupted schedule. When I go on vacation, I can cut back my caffeine pretty quickly to just one cup of coffee in the morning (I can't stop completely that fast...too addicted and get headaches if I don't have any), and if the vacation is long enough, I can stop consuming caffeine entirely, sleep better, feel more rested, AND wake up early!

    But, there's just no good reason to give the entire country jet lag with this time change nonsense. :yuck:
     
  15. Mar 10, 2008 #14

    JasonRox

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    I sleep really well and I don't consume caffeine besides the occasional coke (no more than 1 day). I never drink coffee.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2008 #15

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    If I get exposed to fragrance chemicals, I'll toss and turn all night and maybe get an hour or two of very fitful sleep. If I can avoid people (and their stupid perfumes, fabric softeners, etc), I can easily sleep 9 hours a night. Having worked rotating shifts for 10 years, I'm pretty flexible about getting to sleep rapidly. It drives my wife nuts. I'll be asleep a minute or two after my head hits the pillow, and she needs maybe an hour of reading, watching/listening to TV or something to wind down so she can doze off.
     
  17. Mar 10, 2008 #16

    lisab

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    Like the other posters here, for me it's all about caffeine. I cut back to one cup a day and now I sleep well.

    Unless it's a Sunday night...if I start thinking about all the things I have to do in the coming week, I'll be lucky to get 4 hours :grumpy: !
     
  18. Mar 10, 2008 #17

    JasonRox

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    Also, I avoid reading, watching TV, and all that jazz on my bed. I find it so depressing to spend all that time on a bed. (I have no TV in my room or computer so it's not that hard.)
     
  19. Mar 10, 2008 #18
    I started a new shift at work. I get up at 2:45 to start work at 4 am. If I want to get close to 8 hours I need to be in bed by 7pm. I'm not doing very well, getting about 5 hours a night right now. I hope I adapt sooner then later.
     
  20. Mar 10, 2008 #19

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    Some advice from a former shift-worker. Make sure that your bedroom is dark, and use a white-noise generator of some kind - a small window fan or air-filter always worked for me. I had to work 12-hour rotating shifts, 3 days on and 3 days off and that was a constant, irritation. 6am to 6pm for 3 days, 3 days off (more or less) and then 6pm to 6am for 3 days, and so on. I was young and tough at the time. I don't think I could do that now.
     
  21. Mar 10, 2008 #20
    I usually sleep in a horizontal position. But sometimes I sleep in seminars as well, although never when I give them so far.
     
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