Ive been trying to get used to being up early in the morning (around 8) and alert and well rested. Since Im in college, usually I just sleep inbetween classes with little concern about sleep at the same hours, but I want to change that.
Anyway it seems like when I get up earlier, I still am unable to go to sleep that much earlier and I end up sleeping less and being more tired than usual. Last year, I kept getting up at 7 am everyday for several weeks without taking naps to ensure that I would be tired enough at night to get a full nights sleep. I did end up becoming adjusted enough to where I could get around 7-8 hours a night. But when I sleep at the times I actually want to (during the day, mostly) I can easly sleep for 9-10 hours and I feel more rested, can work out harder, etc.
So whats the deal? I want to be up and alert early in the morning but I dont want to sacrifice hours of sleep to do so. Should I take a couple hour nap during the day? If I get up at 8, when and how long of a nap should I take so I that I would still be tired at the appropriate time of night?
Just for more information, during the summer one time when I had no reason to be up at any particular time I found that naturally I tend to want to sleep around 4 or 5AM. I guess I have a longer than average circadian rhythm because If I allow myself to I will sleep later and later every night.