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How long did it take you to adjust to a new sleep schedule?

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Created September 28, 2011 at 7:02 AM

After reading "Lights out" over the weekend I have been trying to implement their suggestions regarding sleep. I've done 4 nights in a row now of sleeping 9 and a half to ten hours in total darkness. This has had the exact opposite effect of what I had hoped. It's like I've only been getting 5 hours, I'm like a zombie. I'm tired all day, depressed, I struggle with my workout, it's hard to get up in the morning and I crash in the evenings.

Normally I sleep from 11 to 7 and have no problems at all getting up or with being tired during the day.

Should I stick with this for longer? Switching to paleo was a pretty horrible process but ultimately worth it, is it the same for this? I was going to wait for a week before asking any questions about this but I am really stressed out after just 4 days.

In the book they said,"nine and a half hours of solid sleep at least seven months out of the year is the minimum required to beat cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and depression".

Would it be best to give up with this and just try using blue blocking glasses to get similar benefits?

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Yeah I'm beginning to think Wiley shouldn't be so easily trusted. I'm not going to try sleeping so long anymore.

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:05 PM

After listening to her on a couple podcasts about a year ago I started thinking more critically about her book, too. The book is fine enough - I'm glad I read it and I think there are bits of value in there. Overall though, I think the book is flimsy. I would never recommend someone to read it. I just think it comes off as silly and poorly cited. It's easier I find to just tell people to sleep more. Sleep as close to 8 hours per day as you can manage. Done.

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I'll set my alarm such that if I rise when it goes off then I'd have gotten 9.5 hours of sleep. I almost always rise naturally, before it goes off. Almost always very close to the eight hour mark. I think 8 serves most of us fine. I'm not sick, not stressed, etc. though so that may come into play.

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:09 AM

I don't really like it but it is what it is. I feel like everything in my life is predetermined to be as difficult and unpleasing as possible so I just go with it. :-)

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on September 28, 2011
at 08:04 AM

How do you adapt to this? Do you feel ok?

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on September 28, 2011
at 09:41 AM

8-9 hours works best for me. Any more and I have trouble getting going.

I think everyone is different.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of T.S.Wiley.

http://wileywatch.org/

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:05 PM

After listening to her on a couple podcasts about a year ago I started thinking more critically about her book, too. The book is fine enough - I'm glad I read it and I think there are bits of value in there. Overall though, I think the book is flimsy. I would never recommend someone to read it. I just think it comes off as silly and poorly cited. It's easier I find to just tell people to sleep more. Sleep as close to 8 hours per day as you can manage. Done.

6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

(579)

on September 28, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Yeah I'm beginning to think Wiley shouldn't be so easily trusted. I'm not going to try sleeping so long anymore.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I am lucky if I can get 4 hours on Paleo.

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on September 28, 2011
at 08:04 AM

How do you adapt to this? Do you feel ok?

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:09 AM

I don't really like it but it is what it is. I feel like everything in my life is predetermined to be as difficult and unpleasing as possible so I just go with it. :-)

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on September 28, 2011
at 01:12 PM

If I understand you, getting 9 hours of good sleep leaves you drowsy. Try cutting back to 8. Was a willingness to experiment significant in getting you to consider paleo? Take the same stance toward sleep. Each of us is an n of 1. Experiment!

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:46 AM

It could be like a "melatonin hangover" it's really common to feel super drowsy when you have had a really long sleep, especially if you are sleeping in a pitch black room as you will produce more melatonin then. I feel like a zombie if I've had "too" long, I do it when I can to make up the "sleep deficit" but to be honest, at the moment I do feel better on 7/8 hours although I've noticed there is definitely a seasonal element to it, I can sleep WAY more in the winter, it's the months of longer sunlight hours I get by a lot better on a lot less. As with everything there is no, one size fits all, just play around with it a bit and listen to what your body is telling you.

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:24 AM

It took me about a week, maybe a little longer. I'd go to bed at at 8:30-9pm and wake up at 12am or 1am thinking it was time to get up, and couldn't fall back asleep. After about a week, I learned that if I didn't eat too close to bed time, and went to the bathroom right before bed that I slept through until 5. Getting up is more difficult in the morning than it was before paleo, but that's because I'm so comfortable and well rested in my bed. I say stick with it, keep eating before bed to a minimum, and stay away from electronics (ie. tv, computer) an hour before bed.

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