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[Sep. 22nd, 2003|01:15 am]
Kurt Onstad
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I really need to readjust my body clock, so that I no longer stay up until 4am, then wake up at noon. From about midnight on, it really feels like a waste of time. There's stuff I can do in the morning that I just can't at night (run errands and such...) But, while it's easy to move your body forward (due to its natural 25 hour cycle), it's nearly impossible to move backwards.

Any ideas?

[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-09-22 01:17 am (UTC)

Same solution to Jet Lag.

Force yourself to stay awake for a full extra day. Allow yourself to fall asleep at the time you want it to. Set an alarm first. Life will suck for a day, but your internal clock will be reset as you wish.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-09-22 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: Same solution to Jet Lag.

The problem there is, what day? My current work schedule has me working seven days a week, so there's no day available to me at the moment where I can just say "Screw it!" and be miserable all day...

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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-09-22 01:25 am (UTC)

Got any early days?

If you have a day that ends on the early-ish side, you can use the "I didn't get much sleep last night" excuse for why you're snappish and unpleasant, then leave ASAP.

Or you can call in sick on a day you were planning to have the kids just read or something. =)

Just not a Monday. Personal request... :)
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-09-22 01:25 am (UTC)


You work seven days a week?

That sucks....

(Of course, it's better than zero days...)
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[User Picture]From: muddywankenobi
2003-09-22 02:13 am (UTC)

Drugs, lots of drugs..

take a dose of nyquil about 30 minutes before you want to readjust your bed time to be. I always sleep for almsot exactly 8 hours, and then wake up and am ready to kill the world... erm.. i mean save... yeah, thats the ticket..
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2003-09-22 02:49 am (UTC)


Dude? You're in this boat, too? We could have reserved a cabin together, saved on the fare.

The staying up for a full day thing has never worked for me. My body just says, "Yeah? And?"

And Ny-Quil affects me like a ping-pong ball at Normandy, if you catch my drift. Sleeping pills just make me itchy and I fight them mentally. then my legs feel funny and I still sleep badly.

Of course, I have enough caffeine built up in my bloodstream to put Colombia out of the cocaine market.

The incremental increase has sometimes worked for me. Push your sleep hour ahead by an hour (4 am, 5 am, 6 am) day by day until it's set to the hour you want. Very difficult around the noon hour, but then you wind up getting less sleep before work and you're more tired and things do start to work out. Until you fall back into watching and reading late at night when there is no one to interrupt you...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-09-22 03:00 am (UTC)

Re: ?

Yeah, I think the incremental increase is my best bet.

By the way, I had an idea recently, and I thought you might be able to help. There aren't enough active companions to do this entirely, and I'm betting you could email me a few, and the info I would need to add them in...
(Hope you didn't put your decoder ring away...)
zzzzZZ-zzzzZ zzzzz zzzZZ zzzZZ-zzZz zzzzzzzzzz

If you have some you'd like to add to this, let me know by email...
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2003-09-22 03:09 am (UTC)

Ummm, dandy

Actually, in re: this, as well as your previous Crypto-Zed message, my decoder ring is on my laptop computer, which currently rests behind me in approximately six pieces. I'm real close to buying the parts I need, though...

This computer belongs to Chaunacey and has little or no Super-Surf-Secret stuff on it.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-09-22 03:12 am (UTC)

Re: Ummm, dandy

All right. The one previous to this one was just me having fun. This one, on the other hand, I actually did want you to be able to read...

Email it is...

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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-09-22 07:30 am (UTC)
I have this exact same problem. My car's at least two months overdue for service, but the service department closes right about the time I usually wake up.

As the King of Insomnia, I can tell you that (for me, at least) neither staying up an entire night nor taking Nyquil helps. When I stay up all night, I'm in no shape to drive anywhere, so unless the stuff you have to do is around the house or with someone else who is driving, this approach won't do you a damn bit of good (if you're anything like me, at least). I will tough it out until about 3pm, and then I'll be up from 9pm until 7-8am--an even worse schedule! Then again, if I get the correct dose of caffeine to keep me awake that day, I find myself going to bed at the same damn time as before and the entire effort was wasted.

Nyquil knocks me out for about 3-4 hours, and then I'm awake again, only with a headache.

The best thing to do is to, in my opinion, is to set your alarm and get up at the same time every day, whether you have to or not. Getting yourself into a routine actually works; sticking to it, on the other hand, is a challenge not all of us are up to (I know I'm not!).

And sleeping from 11-7 may work for you most of the time, but when you're involved with certain activites that last well into the night (AOKP, D&D, etc.) it might not be 100% feasible.

Best of luck with that.
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[User Picture]From: jzwondering
2003-09-23 02:54 pm (UTC)

Echoing Above

Gotta go with Rich on this, Set the alarm for whenever you have to get up, and Get OUT OF BED to turn off your alarm.
since the teaching gig, I've been getting up at 6:15 AM. I used to go late night with the best of them, (ask Mark) now I'm out cold by 10:30 at night.
Kids also do something to your sleep needs, but, you may not wish to be that drastic.
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