Sure I can get more done during the day on only 5 or 6 hours of sleep, but at what cost? The longer the day gets, the harder it is to concentrate or do things. The harder it is to do something, the longer it can take. The more you string those nights together in a row, the more it starts to affect your mind. Human beings need a certain amount. Just as the NIH, they will tell you…
According to them, an adult needs 7-8 hours a night. I went to the website and there’s more to the story, but that is all I really wanted to know.
The weeks I have had recently where the AVERAGE night is about 5 hours include nights where I had 6 or 7 and therefore also include nights where I had 3 or 4. There was one night last week when I had 3 hours and 12 minutes (a Saturday night). I was up late and actually slept until 7:21AM, and then I was up for the rest of the day.
It’s amazing that I can function at all really. The human body is amazing. But it is not designed to sustain extreme conditions over an extended period, so that has to change. I set my goal at 8 hours a night, hoping I can get my average in that sweet spot between 7 and 8.
Last night was the first night I had over 8 hours of consecutive sleep in 28 days. It was, in a word,.. Magical. I felt really good today for most of the day too. I was very productive this morning and did not feel tired in the afternoon at all. In fact, I did not start feeling tired until around 7:30PM (I have been awake since 5AM).
I would love to go for round 2 tonight on that. I’m even putting it on a priority above getting my “steps” in at the gym. I can probably do even more tomorrow, including exercise, if I feel as good as I did today. And all I have to do to accomplish that, is fall asleep like right now…