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Early morning cavemen/cavewomen?

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Created June 14, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Could there be a benefit to early rising? I don't start school until late August so I have been waking up at 11:30-12 ish everyday. What do you champions think?

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11557 · February 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Melatonin mostly works on placebo, that being said, placebo can be very powerful for improving sleep quality. Also, haha, we are opposite @HeatherC- my BF always is trying to stay up later, if I don't make him go to bed at the same time as me, he's up almost all night, then exhausted the next day.

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806 · June 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I try to view it more as a reflection of my moderate pyromania than my lameness...

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5629 · June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I've been reading by candlelight with my girlfriend recently too! I love it, but coming from a late-night-drinkin/rock'n'roll-show kind of lifestyle, it sorta makes me feel like a fuddy-duddy.

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4181 · June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I guess I should have said it's not easier for men, just that men seem to be more disciplined. I have used melatonin and it does work very well but I don't like to take it every night because it seems like I build a tolerance to it and it isn't as effective. I also do not stay away from electronic stimuli before bed - I'm very undisciplined!

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78407 · June 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I hardly think its a gender thang. Have you tried chamomile tea or melatonin? Do you stay away from all electronic stimuli a few hours prior?

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4181 · June 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I think it's easier for men to be more disciplined about sleep schedules. My husband has always been the morning person he's typically in bed by 9pm and he's up at 5 or 6. I on the other hand find it very difficult to fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time unless I'm exhausted which takes me staying up until at least 11pm and more often midnight. If I go to bed earlier I just lay there sometimes for an hour or more thinking about all of the crap I need to get done.

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1081 · June 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I envy your bedtime

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78407 · June 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Last night 8:45pm. Usually, anywhere between 830pm and 930pm with the occasional 10pm.

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1081 · June 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

What time do you go to bed at? I get up just a little after you, usually at 5am. But work/school often keep me out until 10 - 11 pm, which makes for a pretty crappy sleep schedule.

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12359 · June 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM

what time do you go to bed? How do you feel when you wake up?

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78407 · June 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

This is one of the many things I advise in a Paleo LIFESTYLE. Myself, I have always been an early riser. I was raised to always align with the circadian rhythms. Chinese medicine teaches early morning is the most beneficial time to be outside, as well. I rise at 430am religiously without an alarm clock. By 5am, I am being walked 2-5 miles by our 3 large dogs. The morning air is the cleanest. The streets are empty. For me, my quality of life is determined by how many sunrises and sunsets I watch. The early morning much like Paleo, has been one of my lil secrets for some time.

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11557 · February 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Melatonin mostly works on placebo, that being said, placebo can be very powerful for improving sleep quality. Also, haha, we are opposite @HeatherC- my BF always is trying to stay up later, if I don't make him go to bed at the same time as me, he's up almost all night, then exhausted the next day.

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4181 · June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I guess I should have said it's not easier for men, just that men seem to be more disciplined. I have used melatonin and it does work very well but I don't like to take it every night because it seems like I build a tolerance to it and it isn't as effective. I also do not stay away from electronic stimuli before bed - I'm very undisciplined!

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78407 · June 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I hardly think its a gender thang. Have you tried chamomile tea or melatonin? Do you stay away from all electronic stimuli a few hours prior?

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4181 · June 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I think it's easier for men to be more disciplined about sleep schedules. My husband has always been the morning person he's typically in bed by 9pm and he's up at 5 or 6. I on the other hand find it very difficult to fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time unless I'm exhausted which takes me staying up until at least 11pm and more often midnight. If I go to bed earlier I just lay there sometimes for an hour or more thinking about all of the crap I need to get done.

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1081 · June 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I envy your bedtime

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78407 · June 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Last night 8:45pm. Usually, anywhere between 830pm and 930pm with the occasional 10pm.

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1081 · June 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

What time do you go to bed at? I get up just a little after you, usually at 5am. But work/school often keep me out until 10 - 11 pm, which makes for a pretty crappy sleep schedule.

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806 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

The primary benefit is circadian rhythm, but going to bed shortly after sunset and getting up when the sun rises puts you in an awkward position for having a decent social life.

You can emulate this benefit pretty well with blackout curtains and a light alarm. Alternately if you have more willpower than me, immediately turn on some lights when you get up. The closer to natural spectrum the better. If you are somewhere sunny, go for a short walk when you wake up and get some real sun.

Try to keep the artificial light you are getting before bed to a minimum. I had a lot more trouble sleeping after laptop use til 1AM than I did when I switched to 15-30 minutes of reading by candle light in an otherwise blacked out room. Might have been just more relaxing, but I think the lack of artificial light for a little while before bed and the introduction of sunlight right after waking can get you 95% of the benefit of doing it the "real way". And you have the added bonus of being able to hang out with people besides those in the retirement home down the road!

Alex from PaleoPax

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806 · June 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I try to view it more as a reflection of my moderate pyromania than my lameness...

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5629 · June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I've been reading by candlelight with my girlfriend recently too! I love it, but coming from a late-night-drinkin/rock'n'roll-show kind of lifestyle, it sorta makes me feel like a fuddy-duddy.

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1981 · January 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I crash by 8pm every night and roll out of bed every morning at 3:30.

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8757 · June 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I wish I could do that myself! If I even detect a bit of light (even with black out blinds) I am awake!

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