I’d love to invent a cure for being tired, i would be a multi-millionaire.
Apart from a bucket of cold water and some caffeine, i don’t think there is any non-shock treatment/safe way to wake up everyday not tired, no matter what time you go to bed at.
I always like the spanish siesta style… wake up early, sleep for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then stay up late at night.
Left to my own devices, i would go to bed at around 3am, and wake up at around 12.30pm/1pm. So around 9.5-10 hours sleep. I would wake up naturally at that stage.
But these days, i stay up ’til about 1 or 2am, then have to get up at around 7am, so i’m only getting 5 or 6 hours max of sleep per night. Almost half of what my body wants.
I’ve been reading up on ‘Polyphasic sleep‘ in an attempt to understand how sleep works and how i can maximise my waking hours without feeling like an absolute wreck all day. When you think about it, sleep is probably one of the most important things we do everyday.
Lack of sleep leaves you tired, uninterested, bored, fed up, angry… whereas waking up naturally leaves you happy, content, alert, aware etc… so sleep can ultimately mould someone’s personality and have a huge effect on their work and personal life.
Squeezing an extra few hours out of a day without paying for it throughout the day is certainly very interesting. Obviously more work could get done, or work could be spread over a longer period of time.
From what i gather, this method actually works. Basically you sleep for 30 minutes, 5 or 6 times a day, at regular intervals. So you only get 3 or 4 hours sleep per day, but remain ‘fully charged’ so to speak.
The reason why people can’t maintain it, is simply due to social reasons – nobody else does it. It would also be hard trying to go to bed at like 11am in the morning at your office desk or on your break
But interesting stuff none the less and i’ll definitely try to experiment with this in the summer time, once my schedule allows for it 😎