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Broken sleep: People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?

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  1. [6]
    Enoch Link
    I read the same information years ago and decided to try two blocks of sleep, one around noon and one around midnight. Since then I get more done, feel less tired, lost excess weight without...

    I read the same information years ago and decided to try two blocks of sleep, one around noon and one around midnight. Since then I get more done, feel less tired, lost excess weight without trying, and am in a better mood in general, as noticed by others. Maybe just lucky, and people have different sleep needs, but give it a try for a week or so.

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    1. [5]
      Douglas Link Parent
      How long are your blocks? You probably can't do this if you work a 9-5, eh?

      How long are your blocks? You probably can't do this if you work a 9-5, eh?

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      1. JoylessAubergine Link Parent
        I personally sleep 3am-8am then 4pm-5/6pm. I've always been a night person (or more accurately not a morning person) and the past few months of this schedule have made mornings bearable for the...

        I personally sleep 3am-8am then 4pm-5/6pm. I've always been a night person (or more accurately not a morning person) and the past few months of this schedule have made mornings bearable for the first time in my life, i used to joke my brain doesn't switch on until the clock hits 10. I assume because i'm not trying to force sleep at midnight and i'm getting 2 blocks of solid sleep instead of 1 block of largely broken sleep

        2 votes
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        FatherGlucose Link Parent
        I sleep from 9-10 to 12:30 and then from 3-4 to 8. Definitely doable but I don't see why you would do it if a straight snooze works for you. Two cups of coffee tops throughout the day if I need...

        I sleep from 9-10 to 12:30 and then from 3-4 to 8. Definitely doable but I don't see why you would do it if a straight snooze works for you. Two cups of coffee tops throughout the day if I need to. On the weekends I splurge a bit and wake up right before noon. The thing is I wake up naturally at 12 for some reason if I hit the bed early, so it's more of an inconvenience since I can't do much outside the house at those god forsaken hours of the night.

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        1. Douglas Link Parent
          Oh that's just the thing, a straight snooze doesn't work for me, as I've found I'm often waking up at ~4-5am, leaving me with 3-4 hours left in the night wherein I'm unable to go back to sleep for...

          Oh that's just the thing, a straight snooze doesn't work for me, as I've found I'm often waking up at ~4-5am, leaving me with 3-4 hours left in the night wherein I'm unable to go back to sleep for no reason other than my mind won't let me.

          I've gone through the gauntlet in terms of what can help, docs pretty much say "yeah we only help with putting you to sleep" (which I have no problems with), "we don't have anything for keeping you asleep." And that it may just be a thing that happens as we get older. Phooey. That's why I was interested in sleep blocks. I would love to be able to nap mid-day, but my 9a-5p makes that a bit hard.

          Maybe someday when I can set my own schedule we'll get there.

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      3. Enoch Link Parent
        3 to 4 hours. I work alone but start early (get up at 4am 4.30) so the main difference is a big siesta. People told me it's basically the old Spanish rhythm. If lunch break hours are fluid it's no...

        3 to 4 hours. I work alone but start early (get up at 4am 4.30) so the main difference is a big siesta. People told me it's basically the old Spanish rhythm. If lunch break hours are fluid it's no problem to get a day of business in.