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Waking up naturally after 6 hours of sleep. Go back to sleep or get out of bed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 07, 2012 at 8:39 AM

For the last couple months I have been going to sleep around midnight and I naturally wake up around 6am. However, I never get out of bed and simply go back to sleep until 8am when my alarm rings. At that time, my eyes are groggy and I feel tired. I understand that I may be waking up during a deeper sleep stage at 8am but I am debating whether the 2 extra hours are beneficial. I know there is more REM sleep later in the morning, but the fact that I woke up (eyes open and ready to get out of bed) makes me wonder if I can get by just as well with only 6 hours. Anyone experimented with this? 2 hours is quite a difference. I've always had at least 8 hours of sleep my entire life. 6 worked for a while in college but that was a while ago and with a different diet/health/etc...

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on September 28, 2013
at 04:48 PM

could you elaborate more on your regimen/use of gaba.

i have gaba and am curious how it should be used, ive taken it a few times on an empty stomach @ dose of .5-1 grams (i think thats the measurement) before bed(1-2 hour). it does help you relax(pretty mild affect) but how would that help you sleep through the night?(assuming u get to sleep well enough)

also worried about downregulating in the body and how often it can/should be taken

(ie. you would not want to supplement melatonin every night)

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:20 PM

This is what I was going to suggest trying. Maybe your natural rhythm is to wake up at 6am and the only way to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep is to go to bed before midnight. Obviously it's very difficult in today's society to go to bed with sunset, but maybe earlier than midnight is more optimal.

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on November 07, 2012
at 09:11 AM

I think it may be something to do with sleep cycles. I read a while ago but am sketchy so looking forward to any insight in garnred by your question. I know exactly the feelings you mean, I have had the experience many times...

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on November 07, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I recommend that you simply try getting up when you awake naturally. Do this for a few days and see how you feel. I find that for me, my sleep varies throughout the week. Some nights I need much less sleep than other nights. When I wake up earlier than expected, if I feel alert and ready for the day, I go ahead and get up. Of course, if I don't feel alert and more sleeps sounds really nice, I go back to sleep if I can! But forcing more sleep to get a certain number of hours only makes me groggy. I'd rather enjoy some extra morning hours, with time to myself to exercise, pray/meditate, or get on paleohacks than force a couple hours of "sleep" that might just make me more sluggish.

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on November 08, 2012
at 01:40 AM

You could just get up, or if you don't want to do that, you could experiment;

A sleep cycle tends to take around 90 minutes (i have also seen 90 to 120 minutes mentioned).
I am a very light sleeper & i use to think i was awake most of the night, but in fact i was generally waking every 90 minutes (or a multiple thereof).

Supposedly as we get older our sleep becomes less deep & the chances of waking at the 'top' of each sleep cycle increases.

How long does it take you to get back to sleep after you wake at 6 am; as an experiment you could set your alarm for 90 minutes (initially) post this time. ie. set alarm for 7.40 am (assuming you fell back to sleep at 6.10 am).
You will probably need to experiment a bit to time the alarm for the top of your sleep cycle.

Another thing, if it is light in you bedroom at 6 am this is probably an indication to your body that it's time to get up. so you may need to darken your room, if you wish to sleep later successfully.

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on November 07, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Get out of bed. Have a snooze later as needed.

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on November 07, 2012
at 01:27 PM

get to bed earlyer if you can!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:20 PM

This is what I was going to suggest trying. Maybe your natural rhythm is to wake up at 6am and the only way to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep is to go to bed before midnight. Obviously it's very difficult in today's society to go to bed with sunset, but maybe earlier than midnight is more optimal.

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on November 07, 2012
at 02:05 PM

I would advise you to try some GABA, Gamma-Amino-Butyric Acid. I wonder if you have some stress issues, and that's why you're getting up, even though you're obviously still tired. The same thing used to happen to me.

Can you nap at all during the day? (for 99% of people this is probably a huge no, so sorry if it's a stupid question)

if it bothers you, you could try skipping breakfast...your body will wake up in response to expectation of food? i found regular meal times helps a lot.

7904c7276d7e48f1be887fabd263bfd9

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on September 28, 2013
at 04:48 PM

could you elaborate more on your regimen/use of gaba.

i have gaba and am curious how it should be used, ive taken it a few times on an empty stomach @ dose of .5-1 grams (i think thats the measurement) before bed(1-2 hour). it does help you relax(pretty mild affect) but how would that help you sleep through the night?(assuming u get to sleep well enough)

also worried about downregulating in the body and how often it can/should be taken

(ie. you would not want to supplement melatonin every night)

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on November 07, 2012
at 09:37 AM

Used to happen to me. Take calcium/mag supplement. it really helps with sleep. Since I started supplementing I sleep better and deeper.

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on September 28, 2013
at 04:35 PM

I would recommend not getting out of bed sleep is prolly the best thing anyone can for their health at any time. And as you alluded to this is when youre getting your deepest, most refreshing sleep. Some days I experience this and if I don't go back to sleep I feel like crap later in the day if I go back to sleep for the couple hours I feel like a champ all day

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on September 28, 2013
at 04:22 PM

I would recommend getting to bed at least an hour earlier and then getting up at 6 am. That way you have had at least 6.5 or 7 hours of sleep (depending on when you nod off).

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Get out of bed. Best decision I ever made. Changed my life.

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