SLEEP! 1 hour vs NONE?

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To sleep, or not to sleep... That is the question.

Last night I was faced with a problem. I couldn't sleep. I simply wasn't tired. I had to wake up at 6:30am today, I found myself still awake at 5:00am. I was just wondering what your take is on this, at 5 I decided that it would be best to stop trying to sleep and just pull an all nighter. If I would have slept for only 1 hour, I would have a hard time waking back up and I would be very moody and tired after that hour. Instead, I went upstairs, made two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and started my day.

What are you guys take on this? If you have something to do early in the morning the next day, and you find yourself still awake an hour before you are supposed to wake up, would you take the hour of sleep? Or pull through the night and crash when you get home the next day?

P.s. I chose to stay up. In 4 hours will make it 24 hours that I've been awake. I still have roughly 5 or 6 hours left before I get home. It's all going good so far though.

-Jay
#mind warriors #hour #sleep
  • Profile picture of the author AnimeMom
    I wish I had your energy! I've had nights where the brain doesn't want to shut down, and I can't go to sleep. But if I go without sleep, there is a big payback sooner or later and I crash.
  • Profile picture of the author fictionaldamo
    Sleep, even an hour would do!
  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Get some rest man, this will all be here when you wake up.
  • Profile picture of the author alam69
    u will be dead meat man if you don;t have enough energy
  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I would say that getting an hours sleep would be best. I'm not a sleep expert but this would suggest that you will move into REM sleep faster so it would still be worthwhile.

    "Studies have shown that people sleep more efficiently when they are sleep-deprived and that they enter REM sleep faster when this is the case. Sleep studies also show that patients who sleep less move to stage 3 and REM sleep faster than patients who are not sleep deprived"
  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    Originally Posted by iRunThis View Post

    To sleep, or not to sleep... That is the question.

    Last night I was faced with a problem. I couldn't sleep. I simply wasn't tired. I had to wake up at 6:30am today, I found myself still awake at 5:00am. I was just wondering what your take is on this, at 5 I decided that it would be best to stop trying to sleep and just pull an all nighter. If I would have slept for only 1 hour, I would have a hard time waking back up and I would be very moody and tired after that hour. Instead, I went upstairs, made two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and started my day.

    What are you guys take on this? If you have something to do early in the morning the next day, and you find yourself still awake an hour before you are supposed to wake up, would you take the hour of sleep? Or pull through the night and crash when you get home the next day?

    P.s. I chose to stay up. In 4 hours will make it 24 hours that I've been awake. I still have roughly 5 or 6 hours left before I get home. It's all going good so far though.

    -Jay
    Hm, interesting Jay. Every person is different. Sleep is necessary ingredient to recharge your energy levels. I think Neil Strauss shared that he tried not to sleep for couple of weeks with just 15-20 min. nap every I do not remember how many hours, but it did not work for him. :-)

    No matter how much you can endure right now, the body will naturally take control over you and will try to get some sleep :-) I know, it sounds crazy, but if you are hungry, your body gets control over the brain and do all sorts of crazy stuff. I do not recommend you give it a shot :-)
  • Profile picture of the author iRunThis
    Goodnight Warriors! I'm throwing in the towel after 30+ hours of no sleep.
  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Wow! Never slept for about 30 hours? Now that's some kind of energy you have which I can't. But I can try it one time, whenever I'm ready. It's good that if we are doing something for our future, we just spent most of our time on this than sleeping and other useless things.
  • Profile picture of the author thereikid
    Sleep is overrated if you are always feeling good you won't feel tired ever. Even though sleep is great and I suggest you get some!
  • Profile picture of the author ElliotBerg
    I think sleep is must and even if running out of time you can always get sleep in the form of small naps...I remember once I had gone for a national Chess tournament and we kept on practicing for hours together and it was only after approx. 36 hrs of practice we decided to sleep ( All the players who practiced for so long including were eventually dozing during the tournament). Body can sustain such things but body reacts sharply if you are imposing things suddenly which is beyond its capacity at the moment. However, if you gradually start depriving yourself from sleeping then there is a possibility that you will end sleeping fairly less though I suggest you not to try that.
  • Profile picture of the author elvincans
    If you want to die then don't sleep. That is simple
  • Profile picture of the author Shubh Ashish
    1 hour sleep is must .as our mind needs some rest.
  • Profile picture of the author Dames Jean
    I have a rule that I must get at least 4 hours of sleep a night no matter how many deadlines I have. It's amazing what a difference a little bit of sleep will make compared to none at all. If you need any "live" examples visit your nearest architecture school.
  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    I have just slept for 4 hours in the last 36 hours. Three hours was yesterday and one hour was today when I was traveling in the bus. I've been working like crazy and doing some other chores.

    This new sleep pattern I have been following has lasted for a week. I've realized something profound about sleep just now:

    If your body really needed sleep, you wouldn't be asking yourself "whether I should stay in bed or get up and do some work". You'd already have fallen asleep.

    So you don't have to ask yourself that. So get off the bed and keep working until you really fall asleep.

    I was reading a book while traveling in the bus. I felt really sleepy. I just dropped the book and dozed off. That's how I think it needs to be.
  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    What are peoples thoughts on Polyphasic Sleep (sleeping 20min naps with no sustained sleep so that you sleep about 2hrs everyday)?

    If you are unfamiliar with the concept it was featured in the four hour body by timothy ferris and probably the most famous experiment with it is from Steve Pavlinas blog. Found here

    Polyphasic Sleep

    Timothy Ferris reports that Matt Mullenwag lead designer on word press used it when he was building the platform. It does seem that you could get some pretty amazing results if you didn't have to sleep.

    I think one of the hardest aspects would be the social side of things. It would be difficult to explain to your partner why you were no longer sleeping together
  • Profile picture of the author thorster
    I used to be able to go 48 hours without sleep when I worked at a mental hospital and did night shifts there to go straight to school and then back to work.
    And then pulling all nighters at my start-up wasn't a problem a few years ago. But for the last 2 years I haven't been able to do this and my day is spent in a zombie like state if I don't sleep at all during the night.
    I saw a story on TV (a British show) about a new drug that the military uses and can be prescribed that allows you to go without sleep for days without side effects.
    There was even one guy that had been on the drug for 3 years and only got about 30 min each night and had no side effects!
    Man I'd love that... I hate wasting my time sleeping when I could be making money!!
  • Profile picture of the author Fatality
    With my experience, whenever I sleep for a little time I just wake up more tired. I am sure it varies on the person but if it was me then I would just stay up the one extra hour and try to go to bed early the next day.
  • Profile picture of the author tjcreation
    Napping really needs to be scientific. You either need to not enter into REM sleep or sleep long enough to go through an entire REM cycle. Ideally, you either sleep for 20 minutes or 1.5 hours. 1 hour is really problematic. If you sleep for 1 hour you will probably be in the middle of a REM cycle when you wake up and then you will feel terrible. Once you get the hang of it, napping can be incredibly useful. I learned this when I used to work 24 hours on and 24 hours off. It really helped.
  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    yeah I've been there....sleepless all night long glue-ing in my PC tweaking my website. IM and fast connection at night can be addiction. I just crashed in the morning, unable to go to school.

    Now my solution is this : sleep at 9 PM, wake at 3 - 3.30 AM, wash my face and turn on computer. that's how I do my IM and thesis now.... this way, I can still get 5 - 6 hours sleeping. Sleeping "1 hour or no sleeping at all" is not very healthy, sooner or later you'll crash. That's not how mother nature designed your body for. sleep deprived is scientifically proven to get you a heart attack, memory loss, and concentration loss. In the long term, you don't want your business getting mess only because your health interferes.
  • Profile picture of the author aireland
    More sleep less money, unles your an internet marketer (:

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