December 6, 2013

Glenn links to my old "First Sleep/Second Sleep" musings...

... here... and immediately I find I'm fulfilling a plan I formed back in 2006:
I have been thinking that it's just terrible to go to bed as early as 9 only to wake up and see that it's midnight. I've thought that it's important to stay up late enough that you won't just be taking what turns out to be merely a nap, a sleep snack that spoils my appetite for a full meal of sleep. Now, I'm going to think, it's time for first sleep. On waking at midnight, instead of thinking, oh, no, there's no way I can start the day this early if I can't get back to sleep. I'm going to think it's a valuable opportunity, use the time, and feel confident about the arrival of the wholly natural and not at all weird second sleep.
Thanks, Glenn. For the links. The whammy links.

15 comments:

BarrySanders20 said...

Just never know when to expect that second sleep to begin.

Ann Althouse said...

Yes, that's the trick. How to return to sleep? You have to believe it will work, otherwise you'll keep yourself up fretting that you've wrecked the coming day.

mesquito said...

I've wrecked Friday. Asleep at nine, up at 2:30. Sometimes, rarely, I can read myself back to sleep.

Just started a load of laundry.

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Freeman Hunt said...

I think children would much prefer a two sleep night.

Sharc said...

Laundry! Why didn't I think of that?

minimus said...

To bed at 12:00 up at 4:50. I have to figure out how to get another hour or two in. It probably won't be today. Maybe a short nap?

C Stanley said...

Yes, that's the trick. How to return to sleep? You have to believe it will work, otherwise you'll keep yourself up fretting that you've wrecked the coming day.

12/6/13, 3:31 AM


This reminds me of a study I heard of recently, showing that stress itself isn't harmful to our health- rather, it's stressing about stress. Meta-stress, if you will. Note your physical reactions to stress and think of them as adaptatons, and you will (supposedly) have no negative health impact from all of the cortisol.

I was told of this and don't have the source info to see if it checks out, but I think it sounds right and I'm going with it.

MadisonMan said...

The problem for me would be getting out of bed. Bed warm and cozy. Room chilly.

pm317 said...

I just got screwed this morning with the second sleep. Got to run..

C Stanley said...

I think you are doing it wrong, pm317.

SteveR said...

I get up at night, once, maybe twice (its complicated) but can usually fall back asleep quickly. Getting up is a problem no matter how long I've slept

S said...

Mark's Daily Apple (primal/paleo) has talked about this phenomenon a lot, relatively speaking. Embracing it has been awesome for me, too. Good sleep is a tremendous stress reduction tool for all areas of life.

Although you may have to experiment to find what works for you, a few tips include:
*don't turn on bright lights (they make your body think it's time to wake up)
*relatedly, don't check email or do anything with a screen
*if you start worrying: make a list for the next day, then set it aside
*try different things you think you might find soothing: a dull or difficult book, sudoku or crossword puzzles, memorizing poetry or Scripture, laundry (if you don't need to turn on bright lights), etc.

Good sleep is addictive, luckily.

Smilin' Jack said...

I'm going to think it's a valuable opportunity, use the time, and feel confident about the arrival of the wholly natural and not at all weird second sleep.

Most people who are weird are confident that they are not.

Craig Howard said...

To bed at 9!

I often wake up, though, at midnight, assume it's 5 and put the coffee on.

I then recognize my error, go back to sleep, and wake up to a horrible, sour pot of coffee.

Why don't I look at the clock?