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How to function better with less sleep? Oh, and protect our bodies.

Answered on November 09, 2013
Created November 08, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I know it's not very paleo but some times it comes up. Then again, maybe it's more paleo than we like to think. Did grok really get so many hours of uninterrupted sleep on a consistent basis? Was his day scheduled and regimented with meals within a certain window and sleep from 10pm to 6am?

I don't know anyone who lays in bed from sun down to sun rise; most of us periodically go several consecutive days on less than six hours of sleep per night.

I certainly do my best to be well rested each day but what are some of the non-sleep, non-stimulant, non-tricking-your-mind-and-body things we can do to combat sleep deprivation, function better, and protect ourselves from concomitant damages?

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on November 09, 2013
at 12:59 AM

You know what I meant.

Not just procreating, but all kinds of activities.

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Dawn.

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on November 09, 2013
at 08:04 AM

I think the bottom line is... there is no real long term substitute for sleep.

My suggestion is to do things to improve your sleep quality and modify your daily routine as well.

Here is a link to a timely blog post

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-manufacture-the-best-night-of-sleep-in-your-life/#ax

My neighbor suggested a Tbs of CLO in milk at bedtime... improved my sleep & feeing of rested-ness.

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on November 09, 2013
at 06:50 AM

I'm with you, it is a sad reality in my modern world. Deadlines, travel, kids, MNF... running on low sleep for consecutive days has become part of my monthly ritual.

What works for me is to find a 10 minutes coffee break in the morning (10ish) and another one in the afternoon (3ish).

I think it's less about the coffee and more about take time to clear my head and relax a bit -- definitely revives me.

Also, when it gets bad, my pre workout drink (ON Amino Energy) does that trick -- that is decidedly not-paleo and probably not particularly healthy.

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on November 09, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Long time insomniac, from age 8.

Tried the usual: antihistamines, alcohol, zopiclone etc, amitriptyline, and CBT. They sort of work, but not well.

Paleo is great in general, but didn't help with this horrible problem.

Best advice: epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) spray + relora 300mg: zzzzzz. The spray is the main thing, and you can figure out if it works for you very quickly and at little expense. I recommend because it works.

Paleo covers the diseases of civilisation/stupidity, but nutrient deficiency needs science.

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on November 09, 2013
at 01:25 AM

I think it's telling that when I looked at all the related questions to this one, no one had a good answer for handling chronic sleep deprivation. You might want to correspond with Dr. Colin Champ, the caveman doctor, who's just finished his residency, about his experience. I know that if I get less than 7 hours/night for two nights running, I'm spaced out starting on day 3.

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on November 09, 2013
at 12:45 AM

two hours of procreation every single night? No wonder the world ran out of mammoths so quickly. But more likely, the interrupted sleep was to survey the camp's borders and prevent tigers from snatching sleeping people.

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on November 09, 2013
at 12:59 AM

You know what I meant.

Not just procreating, but all kinds of activities.

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on November 09, 2013
at 12:19 AM

humans naturally wake up in the middle of the night for various activities(sex, community building), so no, Grok didn't get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Most likely, Grok slept from dusk to around 2AM, get up to engage for a couple of hours of procreation, then go back to sleep till dawb.

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on November 09, 2013
at 12:19 AM

Dawn.

bloody hell the keys on the phone are so tiny...

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