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Sleep vs. Energy vs. Introversion: a theory well worth testing

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Oct. 31st, 2004 | 08:57 am
mood: determineddetermined
music: 808 State - Pacific 202

I tend to have enough energy in a day to stay up late and perpetuate a 30-hour cycle;

I also tend to be a hermit, due to finding communication with others to be potentially exhausting;

Perhaps there is an energy imbalance there due to overcompensation-- an energy surplus that literally keeps me up at night;

That I will purposefully seek interaction with others more, and more often, during my day and see if it regulates my cycle.

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Mickey Moore

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from: chiaroscuro25
date: Oct. 31st, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)

I didn't realize that extended sleep cycles were such an issue for you, or I might have spoken up sooner.

I have a great deal of personal experience with "Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder", as that extended cycle is medically known, though mine was not that bad. (My body seemed to favor 28 hour days when I was younger (early 20's), and maybe 26 hour days now. Your sleep cycle tends to shorten is you get older.)

Your theory is interesting and worth trying, but I have a number of other suggestions too if you would like them.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 31st, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)

I'd love to hear the suggestions. I'm a compulsive researcher.

Though it's been so long since I've had a sleep cycle, I don't really think in terms of "day" and "night". :)

"Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder" - I like it. Sounds like something from ST:TNG.

Note that it's not like insomnia -- I can sleep if I remember to want to. Sometimes I can sleep even when NOT tired. Plus, there seems to be more than one kind of "tired", but I'm not sure I can explain that.

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