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24 [Sep. 13th, 2006|07:33 am]
Zoethe
Not the TV series. My day.

24 hours. That's what I'm given

24.75 hours. That's the amount of time I'd need to get through all the stuff I want to do daily.

And that only includes an hour for livejournal. (Go ahead, laugh. I know I am.)

I can gain a little efficency by multitasking: read while on the Nordictrack and the bus. Eat meals at the computer. But there are certain things (work, sleep, sex) that really defy multitasking.

And I have been so tired. I've been going to bed earlier and earlier, but it doesn't seem to help. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I can't function.

Except.

Last night I wanted to go to sleep at about 8pm. But I pushed past that - way past it. I got a second wind at around 9:30 and didn't go to bed until 11:30. And when the alarm went off at 5, I felt fine. Ready to go.

Weird.

Now off to work.
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[User Picture]From: peterchayward
2006-09-13 11:50 am (UTC)
Sleep and sex can totally be combined.

...ewww.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 12:34 pm (UTC)
Um...no.
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[User Picture]From: peterchayward
2006-09-13 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Yeah, I regretted that one pretty quickly.
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[User Picture]From: violacat
2006-09-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
Not as much as I did when I skimmed the comment and thought it said "Sheep..."
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2006-09-13 12:35 pm (UTC)
Er... you no longer go to law school and are again stretched beyond capacity, WHILE GETTING UP AT 5:00 am..

It's possible you are managing to overorganise yourself in that way as a behavioural pattern
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 12:45 pm (UTC)
Why...yes! It's entirely possible.

But otherwise I feel like I'm wasting my time.

What's the old saying? I'll rest when I'm dead?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-13 01:05 pm (UTC)

It's probably your sleep cycle..

People tend to sleep in cycles. You alternate between being fast asleep and just sleeping lightly roughly every two hours or something. If the alarm goes when your fast asleep you tend tend to be groggy and can barely function but if the alarm goes off at the end of the period when you're only lightly asleep. You're more alert and fit even if you slept less.

You experiment with your sleepcycle to see what works best and adapt your sleep pattern to that. You have a little leeway as the body tends to adapt to your regular times over time. That why all those doctor recommend to have regular times for going to bed and waking up.
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[User Picture]From: culculhen
2006-09-13 01:06 pm (UTC)

Re: It's probably your sleep cycle..

That was me, by the way...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 01:33 pm (UTC)

Re: It's probably your sleep cycle..

It could be. I'd certainly like it if I could sleep less and feel more rested!
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[User Picture]From: firerose10
2006-09-13 01:28 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, if you get too MUCH sleep, you feel groggy and half awake. As another person said, expirement with different amounts of time sleeping as well as different times getting up and you may find a combo that works wonders for you.

ALSO, trying to fit too much into your day will cause a chemical issue much like depression. That will sap your energy and focus over the course of the day. I know i have to conciously try to rein in my "superwoman syndrome" almost every day. Weed thru and try to figure out what isn't as neccessary - do you HAVE to read 100 pages of that novel today or would it be better enjoyed in the tub this sunday?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
I get more restless and depressed when I'm NOT doing things. I was really, really down yesterday until I headed into the basement and started working on creating a sewing area. Being active revives me.
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[User Picture]From: firerose10
2006-09-13 01:38 pm (UTC)
then avoid scheduling "things-to-do" and instead create a list of things that need doing - when possible. On that list, make sure nothing is critical or can't be interuppted. That will give you less pressure to do 5000 things in the day and have to complete them all.

BTW - I'm much the same way. I have to keep busy with various puttering or else i feel like i am not accomplishing anything. I've finally gotten my brain convinced that relaxing and reading a book IS doing something constructive.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can read. That is a thing I can let myself do.

But it's not very sociable of an evening. Whereas handwork such as quilting can be carried on along with conversation.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 04:38 pm (UTC)
I never actually got to bed at 8pm - more like 10 or just before - but I did much better with going to bed at 11:30.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dunno. But if less sleep continues to make me feel better, I ain't complainin'!
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From: ethangilchrist
2006-09-13 03:25 pm (UTC)
It was suggested to me at one point by a friend that the body seems to do better on sleep amounts in 3 hour increments. In other words 3 hours, 6 hours, or 9 hours. I know that sometimes when I've gotten 8 hours of sleep I've felt run down but if I've gotten 6 I've been fine. Just a thought.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Could be a sleep patterns thing. And you know, yesterday morning I woke up at 4:15 (after going to be at 10) feeling fine, but it seemed silly to get out of bed that early, so I went back to sleep and woke up feeling groggy and miserable. So you may be on to something.
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[User Picture]From: vrax
2006-09-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
Have you ever checked your temperature when you've gotten a "second wind"? Many studies have shown that most humans have two periods of 30-60 minutes per day that their body temperature increases by aboout 00.8 degrees and that during those times they feel the nost focused and have the best information retention of any time of the day. This corresponds to a regulated serratonin relase in the brain.

DO NOT SLEEP THROUGH THOSE! If you do you'll never feel like you got enough rest. This is because by sleeping you set your body's serratonin cycle up to give out the proper dosage to create dream-sleep. By crossing these signals, so to speak, you really screw up your natural chemistry in terms of feeling awake, aware and well-rested.

That's all western science, though. Turning Eastward we can find that these two "hot times" usually correspond to a person's di-urnal Chi (Qi/Ki) cycle, and tends to occur during the parts of that cycle when a person's Strongest ro weakest organs are"Prime".

For me, I've found that If I sleep from 2am to 7:40am that's ideal. I feel way better than if I get up at the same but go to sleep much earlier.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 05:49 pm (UTC)
I honestly think there may be something to that. But we've been told over and over that we need 8 hours of sleep, so even though I functioned all through law school on MUCH less than that, I always believed I was doing damage to myself. After the massively better way I'm feeling today, I'm thinking that the eight hour thing may be crap.

Of course, convincing myself of same on the weekends....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think you on to something. I felt better all day long, and even though it was a long day and I'm a bit tired, I'm still much more energetic than I have been the last few days.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-13 06:20 pm (UTC)
You know, I've had those wondrous mornings when I should be dead, but instead I am functioning perfectly - they end around 2-3 in the afternoon. So... I'd be planning the route to the coffee/tea machinery.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 07:05 pm (UTC)
So far I'm hanging in here!
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[User Picture]From: ysabel
2006-09-13 08:26 pm (UTC)
But there are certain things (work, sleep, sex) that really defy multitasking.

I am amused by the collection of ways to multitask work and sex that sprang immediately to mind.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-13 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, well, not in MY line of work. ;-)
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From: wildcelticrose
2006-09-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
I've done the same thing sleep wise the last two nights. I just don't want to go to bed until 11:00 or so and I still get up early.

Although I am a tad bit tired this afternoon.

Maybe it's the change of seasons?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-09-14 12:16 am (UTC)
Could be. I hope I can stay with a shorter sleep cycle, though. I can use the extra two hours!!
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