07 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Confused anon: How much time would you consider "much time"? It's rare for me to spend more than an hour trying to fall asleep, and closer to twenty minutes on a good night. I had a friend who averaged four hours of sleep a night, and not for lack of trying. Google is giving varied results, but 20m doesn't seem to be too unusual.
A lot of people lie down and pretty much just fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. 20 isn’t super high, but an hour is sort of unusual. And they’re also, I think, doing a lot less thinking when they do it. Also, there’s the question of when you try; I usually won’t even bother to try to go to sleep if I’m not basically exhausted, because I know it won’t happen.
…5-10 minutes!? I take 45-90! And Google tells me that normal sleep latency is 15-20 minutes…I feel cheated by the universe.
God I can’t even imagine taking 45-90 minutes to fall asleep. My mind would eat itself alive. I’d be a jibbering wreck by morning. I have super fucked up sleep patterns though. I generally could fall asleep at the drop of a hat even if I just got out of bed two hours ago. (On a normal night when I crawl into bed my time to fall asleep is less than 5 minutes.) I never feel properly awake. I can sleep anywhere from 10-16 hours and wake up exhausted; trying to wake up at all with less than 10 hours is really difficult and even when I set 3 or 4 alarms I’m perfectly capable of sleeping through them. (Pretty sure I could sleep through a zombie apocalypse.) Like just to give you an idea, back when I was younger and this wasn’t even as much of a problem as it is for me now, if I overslept my 7am alarm to get myself to work, I wouldn’t wake up until past noon, even if that meant sleeping through several phone calls from my boss wondering where I was. Obviously this makes real jobs kind of… uh. Challenging. I also end up staying up really late a lot of the time because I can’t just put down a project and go, “It’s alright I’m not finishing this now, I’ll be able to get up early tomorrow and finish it then.” I will not get up early. It will not get finished. Sleeping is great and yet I also hate it so, so much.
Haha. It’s 2 a.m. and I just got up after lying awake in bed for two hours. It usually takes me 45-90 minutes to fall asleep and I wake up 3 to 4 times a night (a side effect of one of my pills is increased thirst specifically at night), but lately it’s been super hot so it’s taking me longer to get to sleep (and then I get bored, and then I get frustrated). And unfortunately today I have to get up and wash my hair in the morning before I leave the house. FML.
06 5 / 2014
A day will come when I get enough sleep and feel rested
05 1 / 2014
does anybody else think tired and sleepy mean two totally different things
sleepy is cute and dozing off and happy but tired is 10 cups of coffee and murder
05 10 / 2013
"A new study finds that around the full moon humans get less shut-eye and their slumber is not as deep, even if sleep is restricted to windowless rooms free of environmental and time-based cues—such as those found in a sleep lab. The findings … suggest that restful sleep takes a hit during a full moon as well as a few days before and after the phase. Still, no one has any idea why that would occur or what biological mechanism could be at work."
04 9 / 2013
"According to sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler, if you’re trying to function with less than four hours of sleep for four consecutive nights, you’ll have the same level of problems with thinking and analyzing things properly as if you had been awake for 24 hours—which is equivalent to being legally drunk."
18 7 / 2013
"Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone — and then do the same thing every night, for four years."
That’s right, younger readers … the reason many of you are partying like the hippest of night-owls and dragging like zombie-licious molasses in the morning, is because biology is battling against you.
Like so many other things in the teenage body, your late-night, sleepy-morning behavior is part of the twisted, tormented tornado of hormones that make high school so much FUN!
And yet the town I live in starts high school classes at 7am.
(Source: , via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)
03 7 / 2013
I simultaneously want to sleep in bed forever and do everything in the world
02 7 / 2013
HOW DO PEOPLE FALL ASLEEP SO FAST I DON’T UNDERSTAND I HAVE TO CREATE AND ACT OUT A WHOLE FUCKING MOVIE LENGTH STORY IN MY HEAD AND THEN CONTEMPLATE THE MEANING OF LIFE BEFORE I EVEN FEEL TIRED AND THIS BITCH STARTS SNORING IN TWO MINUTES