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Questions of Sleep


#1

I can't sleep right now.
Because I can't sleep right now I will ask questions about sleep. First off I am wondering if you can bank sleep to the next night. For instance last night I slept for 9 hours. I went to bed at 12 and woke up at 8:15 on my own. I forced myself to continue sleeping until 9. Should I wake up naturally or put myself back to sleep. I notice when I have to push for eight when my body wants to wake up another time I am very tired. But I got eight hours why am I tired?

Also, now I can't sleep I think because my body was only up for 11 hours as I tried to get to bed at ten. I dozed for a bit but now I am horribly awake. Instead of sitting in bed wasting time I decided to ask about it. So I got 9 hours last night, will 6 or 7 be okay tonight?

Also the only reason I don't get up when my body says to and I force myself to keep going is because I'm afraid I haven't recovered. Wouldn't my body be the best judge of that. I literally wake up 3 or 4 times while trying to get to the eight hour marks on the weekends. Should my goal be to sleep enough so that I wake up rested without an alarm going off or a strict 8 hours.

If so I may need sleeping pills some nights. I notice this especially happens when I go to bed earlier as to wake up for an AM workout, usually I hit it around 3PM but when I have no time I switch it to a 6 AM wake up. Please help me.


#2

You can't bank sleep. You should go to sleep when you're tired and let yourself wake up naturally. Obviously this isn't always possible, but that's not the problem; you're thinking too much.


#3

You can't bank sleep. Everyone is different, some people need 8, some need more, some people need 6, the 8 is just an average.

If you feel rested when you wake up naturally then get up. Forcing yourself to lay there an extra 15-45 minutes isn't going to do you much good other than making you possibly feel less rested as you might wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle.

There are days I find I can't fall asleep despite the best intentions, I try to read and stay away from the computer/TV/video games. I've found ZMA after the first initial getting used to it week, is a great sleep aid.