It's funny that you say that because doctors agree that the typical adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours a night... But sometimes I'll fall asleep, wake up, look at the time, and calculate how many hours I've slept... I usually feel pretty damn good after getting more than 9 hours a night.I agree that we need a lot of sleep. I feel my best when I get 9.5-10.5 hours. I act like life's buttercups and cupcakes all day long. Any more or less and I get groggy. Any large shortage and I get deranged...
How about you? Have any good dreams lately? :happy:
Actually, there's been scientific evidence to back up the problems caused by oversleeping. This is from a quick Google search (I'm heading out, so didn't have time to look for something better), but here's an article.With a combination of these occurrences, the body requires more sleep time to rejuvenate. This also explains why I can sleep 12 hours and still feel tired - with the increase in sleep time, the body tries to make up for lost sleep by lessening my energy resources and designating the resources for rejuvenation, which probably does good for me, but makes me feel groggy when I awake.
I wish I could give a full response, but I have to shoot out the door.How do you know that you aren't getting enough REM, and how do you attribute that to lack of satisfying sleep?
Depends on the dose of melatonin as side effects are very much so dose dependent. My experiences are 0.25mg taken 3-4 hours before I want to go to bed is enough to help me feel tired and get into a good sleep, but not knock me out OR make me paranoid/have horrible nightmares. *shudders* Vivid dreams can be dealt with. Waking up in my room while not being able to pull myself from the dream and watching friends get tortured in my dreams while awake... not so much so.I wish I could give a full response, but I have to shoot out the door.
Based on your references earlier, I'm sure you're familiar with the stages of sleep and how we hover between a select few, most of the time. Outside of REM sleep, I consider most of it as basically just meditation and relaxation. It's great, but often falls short of what you actually need to recover for the new day.
Next I'd ramble about how great melatonin is to help induce REM (although some people are scared of how vivid it will make their dreams), but gotttta go.