adabeie Posted July 19, 2015 Share Posted July 19, 2015 So while this isn't strictly food related, it's very much a wellness topic, and I know rest and sleep are active elements of what the Whole30 entails. I've never, even in my life ever been a great sleeper. Undersleeping (7 hours or so, or just shy) produces a much better self during the day than 8 or anything more, which has always made me feel, sluggish, almost drunk. So 8-9 is almost unthinkable. That said I've never had good sleeping habits. I fought to get even 5 hours of sleep all throughout high school. Just insomnia. I could never figure it out. I ate better (or thought I did at the time, it probably wasn't great, but it was a lot of home cooking of I'd say better than the average SAD sort), got into exercise, was seeing a therapist for other things that might have contributed: no dice. So that's my background. I actually got into smoking pot for a while because it allowed me to get more sleep. When I could get 7 hours, I was golden; on weekends when I slept in like teenagers are "supposed to", I got that sleep-drunk groggy feeling. Maybe it was just contextual to my bad habits. Basically did this through early adulthood except moving to Korea eventually meant no pot, more drinking, but at least, at some point, better exercise and better attention to whole foods. Ok, I'm long-winded. But here we go: have any of you out there tried polyphasic sleep? It's the notion of shorter periods of sleep broken up during the day. I'm not a big Tim Ferriss /lifehacking fan, I appreciate the 'scenic route', so to speak. W30 isn't at all about 'hacking' diet (that would be, I don't know, someone who made a dietary regime all on gel packs or something), but sleep never improved for me in the W30. I fight depression (and am experiencing some life stressors, including undering a marital separation and living on my own for the first time in my life - always had housemates and such before, or was married) so so I sleep more than I want to. I've always been a night owl. It's when I get creative. I take mornings slow when I'm up for them, contrary to the whole 'morning productivity' so many others, both creatives and others alike, seem to report. So I'm trying to figure out how I can accommodate what is perhaps just part of my natural body chemistry: reduced sleep, a schedule where I can get bits and pieces. A more historically natural alternative is fighting for earlier bed time and going for the two part sleep that seems to be very much a pre-electricity historical norm: sleep soon after dark (hard because I work until 9pm), sleep for roughly two REM cycles), up for a few hours, reading, writing, etc., then back to bed from early morning, say 3-4am until 7am or so for another two REM cycles. Any Lifehackers out there have some experience to share? I am looking on other websites, but I was hoping to hear about it in the context of the W30 experience. I'm on day 34 (I think) so I'm beginning some reintroductions, which are going well, and which I'm pairing with much greater servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, and animals proteins. I've also starting taking low-dose melatonin again, which sometime late last year a friend introduced to me, to great effect. Lately though (especially now in the second month of my separation and solo living) the melatonin seems to have no effect. I'm trying to approach this like I did the W30, as a new life habit kind of thing because I've had some of the worst insomnia lately that I've ever had in my life, three completely sleepless nights in the past three weeks. As in, zero sleep. Trying, using CBT techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, and hypnosis scripts (which also were effective through last year, but have lost some of their efficacy), no success. Recent changes I've already included are: not drinking coffee or caffeinated (although the only caffeine I've ever had is coffee) beverages past noon, and drinking only 2 cups max daily, early in the day; no screens after my working hours require (between 9-10:30pm); low lights, warm spectrum lights and a program called f.lux on my computer, which attenuates blue tones (known to damage the melatonin cycle after darkness) based on your location and sunset times. Anyway. *shrugs* Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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