Sleep Patterns

Sleep Patterns

Sleep Patterns Questions

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by 671 · less than a minute ago

I've always been consistent about getting enough sleep. My problem is that if I let it, my body wants a solid 9.5 hours every night. I usually set an alarm for 8 hours of sleep just because 14.5 hour days don't seem long enough. I feel fine waking... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · November 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I suspect you will get a broad range of answers. Listening to YOUR body is your best bet, IMO. 49 year old female. I tend to sleep 9-10 hours in fall/winter and 7-8 hours in spring/summer.

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by 50 · 4 minutes ago

Hi All, I spent a week away to Spain (Sunny and hot). And since I returned home (North, less light and colder), I have been waking up in the middle of the night almost every day. Nothing at home has changed about my schedule, diet, habits,... (more)

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LB_3 0 · October 28, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I have had the same problems as you for the last week. I returned from holidays one week ago. I will eat dinner at about 6-7pm, go to bed about 9-10.30pm. Wake up between 1-3am. Toilet breaks - BUT I feel light headed and hungry! On paleo, I... (more)

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by 125 · 7 minutes ago

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I have a question for all you paleo folks who are early risers. First, for some background info. I actually found out about paleo after researching sleeping problems, because I've always... (more)

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aseafish 0 · August 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It's simply an internal clock thing for me, I believe. We don't ever set an alarm, but we're usually awake by 4AM. Granted we go to bed earlier than many. The darkness is not an issue for us, neither lack of it when retiring early in the summer,... (more)

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by 25 · 8 minutes ago

From another thread here about waking up every night at 3ish -I found the suggestion of eating more carbs at night and a specific suggestion to eat ice cream at night. I tried the ice cream - worked like a charm - want something more healthy so... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · August 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Could be the l-trytophan in dairy. Try chicken and avocado or banana, or a supplement wit 5-htp.. (or cheese or raw milk) Protein, carbs and fat effect tryptophan absorbtion (I think protein interferes a little), so possibly the banana or perhaps... (more)

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by 78417 · 12 minutes ago

Our sleeping patterns are largely a function of our daily activity, which for most of us revolves around our and our family's work/school schedule. There are variations such as the afternoon siesta, which is the norm in some countries, as well... (more)

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Roger_Bird 0 · July 04, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I positively, absolutely confirm that sleep quality affects cardiovascular health. If my sleep is bad, late, or not enough, I can find myself bending over after like running up the stairs, and my resting pulse will be about 10 or 15 beats per... (more)

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by 384 · 21 minutes ago

This is a bit of a loaded question, but I just watched these two very inspiring videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X38PCf7kao&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5nVqeVhgQE&feature=related Each one argues quite... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · April 03, 2012 at 2:10 AM

It all depends on how you measure success.

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by 1906 · 25 minutes ago

I don't generally have a segmented sleeping pattern. Instead, I fall fast asleep most nights and don't get up until my alarm goes off the next morning, about seven hours later. If I'm feeling really run down, I'll sleep between eight and ten hours... (more)

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jakeA 0 · February 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

There's definitely no reason to wake yourself up in the middle of the night on purpose. I earnestly advise against setting an alarm clock for 1am just so you can get segmented sleep. It can occur naturally if you are getting a good amount (read... (more)

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by 134 · 39 minutes ago

Sorry for long post. I have always been one of those people who wakes up dead to the world. Snooze alarm over and over. I accept this as the way I am. Usually. I have suffered from chronic fatigure syndrome for 30 years, but the morning... (more)

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mth_1 0 · July 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

"Can anyone make sense of this? And if you can, am I better off with shitty poo and beautiful mornings, or perfect poo and waking in a coma?" If they are truly connected, only you can make that decision - of course I am assuming nobody here lives... (more)

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by 205 · 39 minutes ago

My employer requires the staff to work one shift that ends at 10:30 p.m. and another that ends at 8:30 p.m. On the 10:30 nights I'm not in bed until 11:30 after commute and chill time. This means the employees have schedules that vary - some days... (more)

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turkeytyme 0 · August 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I vote for the consistent schedule too. Even though it's less than ideal going to bed that late, I think it's a lot harder on you to be constantly changing it up.

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by 2729 · 42 minutes ago

I used to be a great sleeper- would sleep 8 hours no problem my entire life until my son was born. He of course woke several times a night to eat, but after 4 months when he started sleeping through the night, I kept waking up. I used to look at... (more)

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kfjlsdjf 0 · June 08, 2011 at 9:02 PM

It's actually natural to wake up once in the night. It always happens in experiments where people don't have clocks and rely on the sun to know when to go to sleep. Just occupy yourself for an hour and go back to sleep.

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by 1783 · about 1 hour ago

I am addicted to snoozing. I would really, really like to be able to get up at 730 every morning, so every night I set my alarm and every morning I hit snooze for at least an hour, and end up getting up much later than I would like to. I have... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Buy an electrical timer and hook it up to a lamp in your room that you can't reach. Have the light turn on when you want to wake up. They sell expensive devices that slowly increase the amount of light, but this works well enough. It doesn't have... (more)

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by 1982 · about 1 hour ago

I know most paleo types advocate sleeping in total darkness, and it makes sense to me in terms of the best possible rest. But does it make sense in an evolutionary sense? From my own reading, it seems that "cavemen" actually spent very little... (more)

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Lemon 0 · March 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I have been experimenting with sleeping in the total darkness for 2-3 years now so can speak from my own experience. Please be very careful with it. It may bring very serious consequences that you may not easily track from the symptoms to the... (more)

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by 227 · about 1 hour ago

Wanted to see if anyone has used the Zeo Personal Sleep Monitor to track their sleep and if it helped them improve their sleep. ...I don't like idea of having an wireless device strapped to my brain (EMF cellular/DNA damage) every night, but as... (more)

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Abbe 0 · March 09, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I got one from Amazon and tried it out. After using it for a week, I had a pretty good handle on my sleep patterns. Actually, the thing that surprised me was that I was getting more sleep than I thought I was. The times when I was sure I wasn't... (more)

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by 3690 · about 1 hour ago

Activities like weight bearing exercise and fasting provide benefits when done in an intermittent, non-chronic fashion. We often talk of sleep though as the sacred thing we shouldn't even think about messing with. I'm curious though to know if... (more)

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JP 0 · October 02, 2010 at 4:07 AM

Ain't all humans living in the modern world sleep deprived intermittently (or chronically too)? I don't see any benefits from such an activity. I HAVE to sleep right (8-9 hours, go to bed early, wake up at 7-8) or my whole day is ruined. (more)

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by 5 · about 24 hours ago

Hi, I'm about 3 weeks into paleo so I know my symptoms must still be settling in but I recently moved into a time zone 3 hours earlier, which isn't a huge difference. Before I slept from 9-11 to 6 am and I loved being a morning person, them I... (more)

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J__Stanton___gnolls_org 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Upon waking, get natural light as soon as possible. I assume your basement apartment has either no windows or tiny windows, so you'll have to go outside. Look up Seth Roberts' "faces therapy" and do that in the morning, after light exposure.... (more)

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by 0 · about 24 hours ago

For the past 2 years, this has been me..... 1 am - 7 am fully energized. 7 am - 1 am just want to sleep. Anyway, I can make little improvements but for the most part, I just sleep way too much, will have some energy from 3 pm - 6pm where I... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · June 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It sounds like your cortisol cycle is flipped. It's a fairly common problem, but one that you can begin fixing today. I would read Jack Kruse's blog posts about the circadian rhythm. Paul Jaminet also has an excellent chapter in his book about... (more)

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by 11 · about 24 hours ago

I am the creator of the "Paleo Sleep Challenge" and I would love to get your feedback. Here is the link to sign-up (it is FREE). The idea is to help you establish recovery goals, particularly as it relates to sleep. The goals will revolve... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · April 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I just about always get 8 hours a night (except when I had small babies waking every 2 hours every night) and never took a sleeping pill in my life. I am very lucky. I believe a lot of good sleep is terribly important to good health. I try to get... (more)

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by 80 · about 24 hours ago

I am exhausted upon waking (5am) and feel burnt-out every afternoon. Please hack my sleep! My hours at work changed last summer and I needed to start waking up at 5am instead of 6am for the opening shift. It didn't work out well. I???d get... (more)

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Lindsey_7 0 · February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

So, I really believe now it is the caffeine that's doing the damage. The last few weeks I know I overdosed as I was using it pre-workout/working out frequently and using it to cope with stress. At work I have the illusion of being 'pretty good'... (more)

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by 125 · October 22, 2014 at 3:55 AM

Just wondering if any of you here are biphasic sleepers and what you activities you guys typically do in between your two sleep cycles! (And by biphasic, I don't mean sleeping six hours and then napping during the day, I mean going to bed earlier... (more)

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DePaw 0 · January 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

4am facebook for the win! :P

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by 175 · October 22, 2014 at 3:55 AM

Are Circadian rhythms something personally and ultimately fixed? Meaning that each of us have a chronotype which cannot be changed? Or is it more a matter of adaptation, so if I just consistently stick to a certain sleeping schedule, my body will... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · January 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yes, you must pay attn to them. For evolution to work, a cell first must adapt to its environment. For any organism to function properly, it must control the timing of its biological functions. That is why all higher organisms, from plants to... (more)

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by 547 · October 22, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Graduated this month with a BSN and landed my dream job in a surgical/trauma unit BUT it's night shift. I know, I know - all the evidence in the world says night shifts are detrimental to health. However, in reality this is the starting place for... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · May 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

My girlfriend is an RN - she has been working only the night shift for 3+ years now. What she does (and a lot of the other nurses she works with) is she takes Vit C, Vit B complex, Selenium, Chromium & Vit D before she goes into work - then... (more)

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by 55 · October 22, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Almost two weeks on paleo now. Pre-paleo my bedtime was closer to midnight and waking at 7 am to get the kids ready for school was always a difficult task. Now I find yself willingly going to bed around 10 pm and i have been waking up earlier.... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · March 05, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Assuming paleo for you means a reduction in sugars (and possibly other stimulants) then it's not at all strange that you would shift to a more normal bedtime. It's hard work staying up so late after it gets dark.

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by 50 · October 22, 2014 at 3:09 AM

I'm experimenting with Paleo for the last month, and noticed that the last couple of weeks my sleeping habits are drastically changing. Although i'm able to fall asleep pretty fast (generally within 5 minutes) I tend do wake up in the middle of... (more)

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Rob_from_ketocure_com 0 · February 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The natural sleep pattern for human beings is to fall asleep soon after it gets dark, sleep for about four hours, wake for an hour or two, then sleep again till dawn. That's how our paleolithic ancestors slept. In fact, that's how everybody... (more)

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by 0 · October 21, 2014 at 4:38 AM

Sorry this is so long: I have been having trouble sleeping for several months and would appreciate any suggestions to help me. First of all, I'm a 29 y.o. female, 5'3", 173 lbs. I have been a light sleeper for years, but as I come close to the end... (more)

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whitesupercat 0 · June 01, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Boston Children's Hospital sent us the following statement we are pleased with the progress our patient just inability are made when she was at Boston Children's and with her continued progress Boston’s children's and our clinicians are... (more)

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by 0 · October 21, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Hi All, My wife is going to need to take a year off work for health reasons, and the only way to make up the loss in income is for me to take a graveyard position at my job for a couple of years. It'll probably be 9pm-5am. Now I know that on... (more)

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