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  •  I wondered that (9+ / 0-)

    It seemed to start up around the time we set the clocks forward. But I have a weird internal schedule anyway, kind of like an East Coast time zone liver in West Coast time. I get up VERY early, always have. Like 4 or 5 AM early. Go to bed between 9 and 10 PM. So when the time changed, I didn't and just kind of tried to stay on the same schedule.

    It could be seasonal though, not time-related. Certainly with spring there's more light and it's just more energizing to be awake.

    •  Light (5+ / 0-)

      is a crucial element for many.  

      A good sleep mask might be worth trying.
      My niece swears by them.

      Many "quantified self" people focus on sleep.
      They might have some ideas for you.

      Generation Y Can't We Sleep? is one example, maybe kind of extreme.

      I attended a session on sleep at a conference on genomics a year or so ago, at which some provocative ideas were presented by quantified self enthusiasts.

      Removing distractions was recommended in order to maximize sleep.  

      So maintaining a really dark and really quiet room is a bare minimum.

      After that, what you should and shouldn't eat in the evening, and exactly when, was specified.

      Finally, a regimen and schedule for bathing and relaxation before sleep was detailed, beginning about three hours before "sleep time", in order to get your core temperature to the exact right range for sleep.

      It seemed to me that by the time you bring your living space into compliance and add all these requirements to your schedule and menu planning you are pretty much living to sleep rather than the other way around.

      But there may be some ideas you can try.

      Everyone born after Star Wars came out is basically a Democrat. -- Save The Clock Tower

      by jotter on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:14:18 PM PDT

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