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krkd

I'm sorry that my comment has to start kind of harsh.

If you feel like this is not for you, because I know I felt that way for a long time, most surely you didn’t fully commit to this lifestyle change for long enough.

That is a myth that's perpetuated over and over again, so much that people take it as fact. It's still a myth though, my circadian rhythm isn't going to change because I keep 'violating' my chronotype over and over again. Changes in my chronotype happen because of underlying biological changes, growing older is the prime example for that. They most definitely do not happen because I want them to happen.

Humans are creatures of habit, and our ability to adapt is one of the main reasons we, as a species, made it to the point we are now. It's the reason we survived this far. So yes, it's possible to get yourself to get up at five in the morning each day (or, the other way around, force yourself to sleep in until eight or nine), but there is a reasonable chance that you'll end up diminishing your personal well-being.

To give a personal example: School was hell for me. I had to get up at six in the morning to be there by eight. I loathed it, the first two hours were a waste of time, because I wasn't able to function properly, because my body wanted to sleep. It wasn't so much that I was actively tired. It was that my body wasn't comfortable with being awake.

Entering the workforce allowed me to start work whenever I feel like starting, blessed be flexible hours. So instead of getting up at six I mostly get up between seven or eight, after having gone to bed around (usually) one in the morning. Objectively I tend to sleep an hour less than I did when I was still a pupil. But I'm still noticeably more rested when I arrive at work.

Trying different sleeping patterns is a good idea (unless you try the Uberman, in that case please stop), but if you happen to need to sleep until seven, that's perfectly fine too.

For the water drinking part I want to say just this: PLEASE. FCKIN. DRINK. WATER. It's the magical fluid of the gods.

^ Do this. Then do this some more. Drink. more. water.

I neglected sufficiently supplying my body with water for the longest time. It's tremendously detrimental.

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Radu Dascalu Author

Hey, thanks for the comment!

I'm sorry the part you quoted came out this way. Keep in mind that I'm sharing things that I found work for me and my struggles to implement them in my routine.

I too can't function properly in the mornings and work/think better in the evening/night. But when I committed to that pattern of sleep it got easier and I was full of energy in the mornings. This is all that part is about.

If you read the article til the end you can see that I am explicitly pointing out that it's my personal experience and the post is not meant as a guide for anyone to follow. The blog post is to encourage everyone to try and see what works for them instead of relying on reading "Productivity" articles on the web.

Hopefully this clarifies my intentions.

Thanks for the quote on the water part, I really think people often don't realise the importance of it. Also, thanks for the link to Uberman, I didn't know there was such a thing like sleep patterns. While I'm not particularly interested in Uberman, I'm happy to read more on polyphasic sleep.

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krkd

I'm sorry that my comment came out as much more harsh and rude than I had intended. I get unnecessarily emotional about this because sleep is a complex topic that's very much different for every person out there, yet a lot of self-help guides generalize inappropriately. My sincere apologies.

Hopefully this clarifies my intentions.

Your intentions were clear, and I very much appreciate people sharing their struggles and personal experiences on their path to betterment. That was not what I took offence at, it was merely the paragraph I quoted:

If you feel like this is not for you, because I know I felt that way for a long time, most surely you didn’t fully commit to this lifestyle change for long enough.

I absolutely believe you when you say that it worked for you. I'm also aware that this can work for a lot of people, because their circadian rhythm is set to waking up early instead of sleeping in, they just haven't tried it yet. But if this isn't working for someone, the likelihood of it being because they didn't fully commit to the lifestyle in question is much lower than the likelihood of them being a different chronotype.

Thanks for the quote on the water part, I really think people often don't realise the importance of it. Also, thanks for the link to Uberman, I didn't know there was such a thing like sleep patterns. While I'm not particularly interested in Uberman, I'm happy to read more on polyphasic sleep.

I was actually using Uberman as a joke, if you decide to read on polyphasic sleep please ignore those extreme ideas. They are outright harmful.


Again, thank you for sharing your experiences & I'm sorry that I was unnecessarily harsh.

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Radu Dascalu Author

Hey - no worry about your comment, I'm happy you pointed it out and I believe it's my poor wording that made it come across in a strange way. I'm looking to edit that part and am open to your suggestions.

Regarding the Uberman part, it just sparked my curiosity on polyphasic sleep. It's a new topic for me and I want to get more informed, that is all. Eventually, maybe I'll decide to try a sleep pattern but if I do so, I will pick something more achievable for me 🙂