ITT people come up with complex reasons why its not "no exercise and gaming until 5am drinking mountain dew" that is at the core of their sleep issues.
I'd like to sleep more but I have a lot of gaming to squeeze into my day and sleeping gets in the way of that.
I tend to sleep on the way in and home from work to make up for lost hours. Last night was pretty bad though, stayed up until midnight playing games and then just couldn't fall asleep until about 3am
Autistic nerds best nerds:
Basic sleep hygeine:
1. Your bed is just your bed. You dont eat there, you dont watch TV there, you don't game there, you dont even play with your phone beyond the bare amount necessary to set alarms. Ideally this extends to your whole bedroom.
2. Bed, mattress and sheets - this is so important, your mattress and sheets should literally be among your most valuable possessions. Work out what you need to sleep well (for me, a fairly hard pocket sprung super-king and a high-thread count cotton sheet with a thin duvet on top. Spend money on this - at least as much as your gaming rig, ideally double.
3. Light and sound - you need as close to pitch darkness and silence (or, for some people, only a steady hum) while sleeping as possible. Invest in making it so. If noise is an issue get some nice silicon earplugs (fuck the foam bullshit ones). Conversely, if you need to get up at the crack of dawn each day, dont be afraid to allow light in to wake you.
4. Alarm clocks - your evil, basement dweller brain has developed the ability to disable the alarm function on your phone without you even waking up. Fuck that shit, its time to go nuclear. Get yourself a really obnoxious alarm you cant sleep through and then, and this is the crucial bit, set it up somewhere you cant even close to reach from your bed. Ideally its on top of your wardrobe so you need to move a chair and stand on it to turn it off. Set an alarm even at weekends (but +2hrs, obviously).
5. Bed-time. For weekdays, pick a bedtime in advance based on when you need to be up each day (it should be the same time for all 5 days even if you dont "need" to get up on one or two of them - routine is king) and exercise your atrophied willpower to stick to it. SLEEP AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. My experience is that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours between 12 and 6, and 4 hours after 6am. Sleep after noon basically doesnt seem to provide any additional refreshment whatsoever. (night shift workers experience may vary). If necessary, set an alarm at the time you need to go to bed.
6. Caffeine is great, IN THE MORNING. Caffeine in the afternoon? Not so much. Experiment with the last time you can drink caffeine without it affecting your sleep, for me its around 3pm but I know people who find noon. Having a coffee or caffeinated suger-drink at supper time? Retardation. Worth mentioning that you should avoid drinking too much of ANYTHING for the 2 hours prior to bed, as peeing in the night cuts into good sleep time.
7. Internet, phone and games late at night - all of these things involve staring at a bright light and trick your brain into being awake. As mentioned, try Flux, but even better, be strict about not fucking around on the internet etc from 1 hour before bedtime onwards.
8. Wake-up. Lie-ins are a lie - the clue is in the name. They do NOT make you any more refreshed and should be avoided EXCEPT as a weekend luxury. You know that soparific feeling you get (warm and cozy) when you first wake up, your brain just begging you to stay in bed? The only way to clear that is to get up and get moving. Once the alarm goes off, you go straight into the shower or to the gym. No lying in bed. Be ultra-strict with yourself on this, and in conjunction with 4 this should be manageable.
Last edited by Lallante; May 6 2014 at 10:50:48 AM.
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bah. bed at half twelve. alarm got me up at 10. feel tired as fuck lol lets see how this goes