re: The Power of Waking Up at 4:00 AM VIEW POST

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re: You have a plan tomorrow Yes! I plan on waking up naturally, without an alarm. something to achieve Yes! 12 months of good night's sleep. s...
 

I believe the post is about going to sleep few hours early as well, so you get the same amount of sleep. For example:

Before: going to bed at 12:00 am and wake up at 7:30 am
After: going to bed at 8:30 pm and wake up at 4:00 am

 

who sleeps at 8:30 pm? Not even my grandfather....

It’s quite good if you’re trying to accomplish something for yourself, and if you try to do this in the evening (after a full day of work) you are not able (too tired).

The solution is to do work for yourself first (early in the morning, when everybody else sleeps), and then do the day work (that will drain however much energy you have).

Except it's not good to go against your natural circadian cycle. You cannot go against your internal clock that much.

Circadian cycle can shift over time.

With proper exercise schedule, light therapy, and planning, you can slowly shift the circadian rhythm.

And also you can make some good changes in your diet, some people can't understand that you can have a healthy sleep and not being on the bed for 8hrs.

No matter if you wake up earlier or sleep later, a little exercise and a good diet will even be more useful for your body than 2 or 3 hours more of sleep.

Shifting the circadian rhythm is possible of course but it's a myth to believe that you can do whatever with it. It is greatly determined genetically (see e.g. genesdev.cshlp.org/content/24/12/1... and referenced articles) and you cannot fully go against it. If you do advance your circadian rythm, you will always be fighting against it because it will tend to shift back to it's genetically determined natural time.

As for the diet and exercise I totally agree that it's very important as well, but if you are sleeping 5h a night you might still need the extra 2- hours :)

And anyway, why would you want to go to great lengths to go against your body? Is it really worth it? I believe not.

 

This is a direct quote from the article:

at least adjust your schedule to get on or off your bed by reducing the amount of time spent sleeping

I don’t think people are misunderstanding this. The author is literally talking about getting less sleep.

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