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Paleo sleep opinions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 03, 2013 at 5:39 PM

How do you guys approach sleep?

As I understand it, using the Paleo framework, we should cut artificial light in the evening and sleep in a location where we are able to see the morning sun as it rises. This should set our body clocks in sync with nature. But obviously, the length of the days vary so much between Winter and Summer that this would leave you with not enough sleep in the Winter and far too much in Summer surely? And I think I read alarm clocks are bad due to them causing your body to release adrenaline / cortisol...

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I sleep more in winter, less in summer. I feel best going to bed an hour after dark and will wake up naturally around sunrise. In the winter I wake up for an hour in the middle of the night to feed the wood stove.

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on June 03, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Maybe we are meant to get extra sleep in winter and less in summer, and/or maybe to nap in the hottest part of the day in summers. I know alarms give me a fright, I hate using them and prefer to just get used to getting up at the right time, if it is every day it's not hard to do.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on June 04, 2013
at 02:28 AM

I sleep more in winter, less in summer. I feel best going to bed an hour after dark and will wake up naturally around sunrise. In the winter I wake up for an hour in the middle of the night to feed the wood stove.

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on June 04, 2013
at 01:25 AM

My approach to sleep is to make it as predictable as possible. Crawl into bed at the same time every night - even weekends if possible. I usually have the same routine - read a bit before I get really sleepy. I started turning my alarm clock away from me so I can't see the light nor the time. It has helped me get better sleeps!

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on June 03, 2013
at 08:33 PM

I was just reading something that it's best in the winter to go to bed around 10pm (if your schedule is like mine, I work 8am-4pm M-F) and in the summer it doesn't matter as much as long as you keep a healthy routine. Your cortisol is usually timed accordingly with your natural body and how YOU sleep, since not everyone is blessed with a daytime 9-5 and off on the weekends. I go to bed at 10-10:30pm, asleep by 11 at the latest and wake at 7:10-7:30 mostly every day and feel amazing. Set a bedtime for yourself and be consistent with it. Do what's best for you, and KEEP that schedule, you body will thank you for it.

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on June 04, 2013
at 01:45 AM

I agree with scheduled sleep routines. If I'm lucky I can remember my dreams. If I'm really lucky I can have a lucid dream. I've looked into grounded sleeping. Not so much the sleeping on the ground part, but electrically grounding myself during sleep with a homemade grounded sheet. I suppose I'll try it, but I'll connect the wire to the j-pipe under a sink... not the ground on an electrical outlet.

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