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Friday, October 20, 2006

Does it matter when I get my 8 hours of sleep?

I've never been one of those guys that can pull an all nighter. I've always been most productive when I get at least 7 hours of sleep (preferably 8), have exercised, and have been eating well. When I was working, I'd sleep from 12-6 everyday and I was so tired by the end of the week that I'd sleep 11 or 12 hours on the weekends, a sure sign I wasn't getting enough rest.

Since I've been on my own schedule, I've always gotten my 8 hours (it's probably more like 9 when you take the time that I actually get into bed until the time I get out...mostly because it takes me a while to wind down and pass out). And to be honest, I'm never tired when I'm awake...it's awesome.

For several months, I was sleeping from ~12 to ~8, which for me is pretty good - I'm up late and I still can get a relatively early start on the day. But lately with the Mets games on, it's been taking me longer to wind down, so I've been doing ~1:30 to ~9:30. Factor in an early morning workout and a shower, and sometimes I don't start my day until 11 AM. But I work until 10 or 11 PM. SO is there really a difference between 8 AM to 8 PM or 11 AM to 11 PM?

The only thing I can think of, is that it's better to be up earlier because the rest of the world works on a 9 to 5. So on Friday afternoon if I want to go to happy hour, I can still get a pretty full day in by 5 PM. Otherwise, I really don't think it matters. But that reason alone might be a good one to start sleeping 11 to 7 and starting my day earlier. Hmm...

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