I want to sleep less, without turning into a zombie.
December 3, 2013 11:23 AM Subscribe
Is there any realistic way to train your body to need less sleep? Or any tricks to have better energy levels and brain activity if I just provide my body with less sleep?
posted by euphoria066 to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I like sleeping in on weekends, but I hate going to bed, always. Night time is delightful! I work 9-5 with no flexibility and a 30 minute lunch that can't provide a nap-time.
I am one of those people who gets pretty cranky and sleepy if I don't get enough sleep (8 hours-ish seems to be good for me) but I'd love to stay up later and use those hours when I feel most awake (about 9pm to 1am.. not sleepy at all.) I currently make myself go to bed at around 11, and get up at 7ish, but I'd like to stay up later.. not for any reasons, I'd just prefer it. I'd prefer to only sleep about 5-6 hours a night.
I sleep much less now than I did as a teenager (I'm 27) and I'm wondering if there's any (realistic) way to make myself sleep even less but still live a normal life with normal daytime functioning. Is amount-of-sleep hardwired in, or is it something you can train for? should I stop drinking coffee and take supplements to make my adrenal gland more useful? should I drink WAY MORE coffee? any tricks or tips or science or thoughts or personal anecdata is welcome!
if it makes any difference, I fall asleep super-fast and sleep very deeply. I'm actually really good at sleeping, I just seem to need an irritating amount compared to other people.