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How do you know when to wake up?

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Commented on November 10, 2014
Created December 16, 2013 at 5:58 AM

I ask because I can sleep 4.5 hours (3 REM cycles I'm guessing) and wake up and be fine(no obvious loss of energy/mental acuity), though I have to force myself out of bed(but don't we all?). On the other hand I can sleep 8 hours and easily go back to sleep for a couple more REM cycles(or maybe they aren't full REM cycles at all, but broken messed up cycles doing me harm...) and go for 10 or 11 hours. Any more than that and it just becomes tedious. How does one know when to wake up? I want to sleep more instinctively; maximizing the efficiency of my sleep without compromising long term health/fitness goals.

Thoughts? Anecdotes? Thanks.

8 · November 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Not an answer, but a tip: Eating a little bit of protein before bed, like almond butter, can actually help you sleep, particularly helping you go into deeper sleep. 

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18977 · December 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

If everything's working well, and you've got a set pattern of going to bed at the same time, then waking up at a fixed time and exposing yourself to bright light when you do, you'll find that you'll start to wake before the alarm clock.

If you've got trouble getting out of bed, something isn't right - maybe you need more sleep, maybe your adrenals aren't working properly, maybe your thyroid is a bit low, etc.

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