Is there anyone else out there that doesn't seem to need much sleep? 31 year old male.
I believe in the importance of sleep. Whenever it's discussed most people seem to say they don't feel very well with less than 8. I used to be the same, and I never really felt rested in the morning.
Since going paleo (a year ago) my need for sleep seems to have gone way down. I usually go to bed around 11:30pm and wake up around 6am. I also frequently wake up for half an hour in the middle of the night (I know this is rather normal).
I have no stress in my life. I make very good money at a job I love. I have no set hours, I come and go as I please, work from home when I feel like it. I live a mile from work so my commute is a 15 minute walk. I sleep in pitch black. I eat very high quality paleo food with minimal cheating (which doesn't seem to have any effect on me). I don't get tired during the day. I drink green tea but I don't need it to get up, I frequently go without caffeine for days with no noticeable effects. I wake up feeling good in morning.
When this first started happening I assumed it was bad since sleep disturbance is generally negative. I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences.
Edit: My post sounded a little self-congratulatory so here's some more info. I seem to be extremely healthy, but my fitness sucks. I'm still about 20lbs overweight. I'm also pretty weak. I have no endurance. I'm currently chalking this up to being totally inactive for my entire life up until a year or so ago. When I say totally inactive, I mean it. I spent most of my childhood in front of a computer. Never played any sports in high school. I also ate like crap most of the time.
So many things instantly improved with paleo, I guess I just had too many expectations about fitness. I lost about 30lbs in 2 months with no calorie counting and no physical activity what so ever. I know it's going to take me a couple years to get to something satisfying (and I will get there) but I have a hard time believing that I don't have some kind of screwed up hormones or something going on due to my previous life. I've always been the crappiest athlete I know, hence me never trying. I think I just have crappy genes in that regard.
Now this post sounds self-deprecating. I'm pretty happy with my life, and my youth in front of a monitor has directly contributed to my good financial and career status. While my genes for athleticism suck, my genes for general health seem awesome, so I'm not trying to complain.