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    As I sit here, up way past my bed time, I'm reflecting on the importance of having a good sleep schedule and getting sleep.


    For me at least if I go through a week where I don't get enough sleep a few nights during the week, I don't make a weight loss that week and my body just starts to feel wonky.


    Sleeping is really important, it's the only time your body can repair itself. So make sure you get plenty of sleep.


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    I love to go to bed early-- everyone thinks I'm nuts.


    I've been in the habit for the past few years of going to bed at 8-8:30 and waking early at around 5-5:30. Very early morning is my favorite time of the day. It's so peaceful.

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      I cherish my sleep, absolutely.


      Thursday I pulled basically a triple shift at work. I got up at 5am and went to the gym, then worked 8am-5pm. Then thursday night I went back in at 7pm-5am. I'd been awake for 24 hours. Went home and slept a couple hours and worked again from 8am-5pm. Worked 28 hours out of 33. I'm STILL recovering. It's a good thing they paid me really well for my time.


      Sure, the money is great, but I feel like crap. It's Memorial Day weekend, the weather is fantastic, and I have ZERO energy. This sucks! I can't wait to get back to normal.

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        I sleep a lot at the moment. 9-10 hours every night. It's easy for me because it's getting dark very early here in thailand (around 7PM) - and I don't have to get up early for work, since the timezone-thing does so that when people are checking in at the office where my business is, the clock is 2PM here in Thailand.. :-)

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          Once I started getting high quality sleep, I found it very difficult to go without it. Now I don't enjoy the night life at all. Not that I ever really did, being a quiet kind of guy and a non-drinker, but now going to bars and being exposed to all that noise and bad music and the sight of people poisoning themselves is getting downright unbearable. I'm in bed by 10 every night and I don't feel like I'm missing out. You meet such nice, interesting morning people when you get up early anyway


          My roommate, on the other hand, loves going out and drinking and staying out late. He is pretty much useless before 11 a.m, sometimes 12. And then he can't get to sleep again before 1 or 2 in the morning. Gets home from work and crashes on the couch and watches TV for 6 hours. It's a cycle I'd rather avoid altogether.

          You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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            I'd be interested to get feedback on how many hours of sleep everyone gets vs. how long their body will sleep. A close friend of mine and I are both primal, yet, for some reason I only need about 6 hours of sleep, and my body will never allow me to sleep more than 7, whereas she will sleep more than 10 hours every night. Since we both lead such similar lifestyles when we compare and she is needing 3-4 hours more than me a night, I find this to be odd. I would be curious to know if you other PBer's sleep more or less than the average person.

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              I once went for a week or so sleeping about 9 hours a night. Now I tend to get 7 and a half to 8 and a half. It's impossible for me to sleep past 7:30 a.m.

              You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                I average 6-7 hours per night. For the past copule years I REALLY enjoyed getting more on the weekend by using a sleep mask, I could pop it on in the AM and get another 2 hours easily. But the past couple months the oversleeping, or perhaps the change in routine, triggers my migraines. Kind of sucks because that additional sleep really increased my weekend energy, but it's not worth it. :-(

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                  I average 7-8 hours a night. Rarely do I go with more or less.


                  I'm like PrimalChild. I don't stay up late anymore. If I sleep past 7am I feel like I wasted part of my day.

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                    I find it really hard to go to sleep, I will not to go to sleep until 2am on a regular basis and I don't think this is particularly good for me. I also find on a night when I don't get alot of sleep I am really hungry the next day, which is a bit weird.

                    But, I am trying to go to bed by 11 and wake up at 7, I figure I'll take a couple of days to adjust but then hopefully I will be fine.

                    At the moment I normally only get about 6 hours sleep which I don't really think is enough as I often seem to be tired, but there is just so much to do!

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                      I generally average 6-7 hours a night. For some reason this week I needed more. I've also found that since I've gone on a regulated sleep schedule I just can't take naps anymore (a favorite pasttime of mine).


                      It was actually pretty difficult for me to come up with a workable amount. Over the past few years, I tried doing 8 hours a night, which is just too much sleep for me. I usually go to bed around 10pm, read a bit - probably 30 min worth, then go to sleep. I'm usually awake around 5:30-5:45 and my alarm goes off at 6.


                      I was just reading that lack of sleep sleep also is an inflammatory agent for cardiovascular disease.


                      Hannah - more specifically, why can't you sleep? Just not tired? Or does your mind wander and keep you awake? I don't particularly buy that everyone needs X hours of sleep - I'm not one of those people. I don't do well on 8 hours of sleep a night, I need less.


                      If you can't sleep, reading fiction before bed can help. Nothing heavy, something that's really easy to read and that you enjoy reading. I've also had success doing some meditation exercises - mostly just relaxing and concentrating on my breathing. Writing out what's on your mind in a paper journal can help, too. It tends to clear the mind and for whatever reason, things that are annoying end up being a lot less annoying when they actually get 'said', which, in a way, is what writing a journal is.


                      I also think it's important to pick a schedule and stick to it, even for the weekends. I'll let myself sleep in a bit on saturday or sunday - but only until 7 or so. If you're not on a regular sleep schedule, I'm guessing give it 2 weeks of trying to stick to one before giving up on the idea. For me, at least, in trying to do this in the past, I could do it for the first week, but after that it became difficult.

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                        My sleep's all kinds of whacked out and I can tell it's affecting my health.


                        For years, through school and into my mid-20s, I'd crash around 10:30 (occasionally staying up late on the weekends, as I was more of a night owl) and be up and going around 6:30 or 7 during week. On weekends, I'd be up between 7 and 8, as I hated sleeping in. Even on my "tireder" days, I still felt pretty good on 6-8 hours of sleep, and could handle only 3 or 4 on the rare times I had to.


                        For a couple of years, I was running my brother's business at night and working another portion of our business during the day...so I'd crash between midnight and 2 most nights and be back up at 8 for work at 9. Maybe that's what started it.


                        All I know is that now (I'm 31) and I can't move til 10am most days (I'm self-employed so I can get away with it soemtimes). Even if I crash at 10:30p.


                        I'll pop melatonin or sometimes benadryl around 7 or 8 every night and still can't move in the morning.


                        Don't understand what's happened, but it irritates me because I don't like sleeping so late and always loved being up and going early in the mornings.

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                          I think the benadryl and melatonin pills are most, if not a large chunk of the problem, sounds like your addicted to them. When your body is constantly being helped regulate your melatonin with a pill such as it stops needing to be able to regulate on it own, and you lose that ability. If you don't use it, you lose it. You really should cut out the pills, at first you will be miserable, it may take several days to weeks for your body to readjust, but it will be well worth it in the end.

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                            Well, the benadryl I only take occasionally for the same reason..it makes me sleepy. I have very bad allergies, and ususally use non-drowsy meds since I can't afford my shots these days.


                            I suppose my body could possibly be dependent on melatonin, but I'm not sure. I don't take it nightly, and often times go weeks and/or months without taking it. Only recently have I started using it again more frequently.

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                              do you drink much coffee? how do you think your magnesium levels are? if you get cramps then chances are you might be deficient. magnesium is a muscle relaxant, and you can take it to bowel tolerance. I take about 2gms a day. what about your vit D? do you think youre getting enough? I have trouble staying asleep so I commiserate. I have taken melatonin but quit taking it, one brand worked the last didnt. tried 5 htp but the wild dreams (giant rabbits) put me off, so wouldnt recommend it. do you have mercury fillings? heavy metals can cause some of the symptoms you are describing.

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