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3:34 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I don't want to sleep, every time i go to bed i think what a complete waste of time sleep is, man i wish i didn't have to sleep, can anybody give good tips on how to be awake as long as possible and still feel refreshed when you wake up?

(We are not talking short terms here)

And do you really like to sleep?

3:36 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You could try da vinci sleep.
3:37 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>really like to sleep? <

One of the joys of life for me. Nothing better than a power snooze on the couch after a big Sunday dinner.

3:38 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've had daydreams about sleeping - I love it - that said, it's also fun to stay awake (ever read Mister X?).
3:40 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>You could try da vinci sleep.

Hehe have watched Kramer do that one, am a bit worried after that...

3:42 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You are built the way that you have to take some sleep. You are a "machine" and as such you need to take care of yourself, just as you care of any other machine (a car for example). You need to recharge your batteries to live long and healthy life. Either live 40 years without sleep or 80 with sleep. Which you prefer? I'd take the 80 one anytime. Not because I like to sleep, but because so many great new things will happen in 40 more years that I just want to be a part of that and enjoying it as a healthy person, not feeling like I am 500 years old.
3:43 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This is a fairly radical solution, but it turned me from an "8 hours or I am non-functional" person into one that is bright as a button after 41/2 - 5 hours.

Have a baby :)

Preferably one like mine who for the first 2 years of his life did not sleep for more than 2 consecutive hours, so that sleep deprived became my normal state. Now 5 hours is the height of luxury and I find it quite impossible to sleep for more that 6.

Of course you do lose a lot of those additional waking hours to other stuff.............

3:44 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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have children.

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3:49 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>Have a baby

Dude i really really don't think that's the solution for me, also if you get a baby you can't spend your time on the things you want anyway.

3:51 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There is no solution. You need sleep.

If you don't want to sleep, get some "help" from your local pharmacist.

3:53 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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also if you get a baby you can't spend your time on the things you want anyway.

Yes, you can. It's just that the things you want change. :)

Not really suggesting it as a solution though - there is none.

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a complete waste of time sleep is

I don't know if I could disagree with you any stronger.
Sleep is that wonderful time when I can forget about deadlines, projects, people and stress in general. After a good nights sleep I am fresh and able to think clearer and accomplish more then if I forced myself into a zombie haze just to "get more done".

"Oh boy sleep! That's where I'ma viking! ~ Ralph Wiggum

3:56 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i have heard about people who suffer from insomnia who after a certain amount of time can get by on 1-2 hours. Minf you in the case I was thinking of it too 17 years!
3:57 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Exercise - you can do it anytime and there are always benefits. AND it helps you sleep.

Nothing robs you of the desire to sleep more than a life that is intellectually active and physically passive.

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And do you really like to sleep?

Sleep is one of the best parts of my day! The afternoon or evening nap is a great thing.

4:08 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hmm, how about SimBaby, that emits loud shrieking noises every two hours so you have to get up and press the "feed" button 100 times.

Should have the same effect, use it for 2 years, then uninstall and you'Re on a 5 hour sleep clock.

SN

PS: I agree with the physical bit. When I took up ice hockey I SOOO enjoyed my sleep and I could start much sooner then 3am too!

4:22 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you can. It's just that the things you want change.

Ok, not making fun of anybody- just making an observation:

It's funny, but when people talk about taking the plunge and having kids, the words nearly always echo the script of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (with Donald Sutherland).

  • "I can't imagine life any other way."
  • "It's just the things you want change."
  • "Life is so much better this way."

Gives me the shivers! :)

I hate sleep as well, and get along fine with 4-5 hours of it.

And remember, in the movie, it was always the sleepy heads that turned into the body-snatched.

4:30 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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4-5 hours is what I manage

I can get by with more, but it leaves me tired;)

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Sleep is not a waste. It is downtime your body needs to recover from the wear and tear it takes when you're awake. If you don't get adequate sleep, your body actually banks the deprivation. Studies have shown that our bodies eventually will make up all the lost sleep. So, if you don't want to be snoozing a lot when you get older, it's best to get adequate sleep right now.

Have you noticed people age differently? Some look young and vibrant in their golden years and others look like total wrecks. The difference is mainly because of how people took care of their bodies over time.

5:07 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I so love sleep, but it is a luxury that I can no longer afford. I get by on 4-5 hours a night.

My schedule is like this: 7:45 wake up/shower/walk to el/ read on el/walk to office/work. Here I digest 2-3 cup of coffee and an apple. Work, eat salad for lunch. Work. Walk to El -read on train - walk home.

When I get home I have a snack and start working. Take a break(email/general surfing) and eat dinner. Work. At 10:30pm I go and work out ending the workout with cardio on an eliptical trainer at about 11:45pm. I then come home, shower and work more. With this I am good until about 3am when I force myself to lay down. Usually writing a to-do/ideas for 10-30 minutes before hand.

I look like a zombie most mornings and think I am still not fully awake until about 10 am.

To summarize this long post: exercise, frequent smaller meals, caffiene. Also proper breathing may help.

5:35 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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sleep is cool - I love sleep - I'm also over 30 now. Laz - when I was your age I was totally with ya - sleep got in the way of other things. Give it a few years my young friend and you'll join us for a collective Sunday afternoon on the couch ;)
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heehee - well I'm over 40, and getting less sleep than ever.

And as for aging me, what nonsense, I still look like a twenty year old.

...from a distance

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Heh, when I was at school I thought school was, too, a complete waste of time. I learned a lot more staying all the night up in internet.

So I made a masterplan: I would learn to sleep with my eyes open, so I could sleep at class. Nobody would ever notice since I learned everything at night anyway :)

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I wish I had more time too. I like to sleep, but I don't like to sleep for long periods of time. I did my best in college when I slept 4 hours a night, and then 3 hours in the afternoon.

Wish I could do that again...

6:25 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Werty - I used to think that having a full on schedule like yours was the way to go, and boast about it to everyone I met. Up at 0500, gym at 0630, etc.

This approach made me wealthy, but not healthy. A friend (older and wealthier than me) asked me if I would lie on my deathbed and say "Wish I'd spent more time working" which got me thinking.

After around 15 years of pushing myself to the max I re-prioritised. It's now health, family, then money and I'm much happier with my life. I never work more than a couple of hours a day.

If you keep the gym up you'll manage to maintain the schedule, but not for ever. And deep down, don't you really want to relax a little?

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Michael_Anthony wrote:

"A friend (older and wealthier than me) asked me if I would lie on my deathbed and say "Wish I'd spent more time working" which got me thinking. "

Excellent wake up call that one.

7:10 pm on Sept 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I love sleeping. Am I the only one here who adores sleeping?

I don't like sleeping at night though - when the sun goes down and in the early hours of the morning is often when I'm most productive - but sleeping in in the mornings - I could sleep for my country in an Olympic Sleeping Competition (I was approached for the team, but I was to hardcore for them). :)

Maybe if you think sleep is a waste of time (but you know you have to do it) I guess your body can get used to anything. Go two days on/one day off. ;)

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I think you're robbing yourself of an important resource....the unencumbered mind. Right before you hit the pillow, ask you mind to solve your most pressing problem and then go to sleep. Most times you'll have the answer somewhere in the night. Keep a pad of paper on your nightstand.

Tired from typing.....must sleeeezldf/a/,

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i find that when i meditate before going to sleep i end up sleeping less and feeling more refreshed.
i don't like to sleep either though, and if my body did'nt need it, i would'nt do it.
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I think you can get tablets from the doctor to stop you sleeping but I think you would have to convince him you had narcolepsy..!
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