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Rise & shine....

It seems that my well laid plan of going to bed early and getting up early worked out as I hoped... the only problem was that I kept waking up every hour or so for no apparent reason. If I do this on a regular basis, it will hopefully even out to 4 or 5 hours of continuous sleep.... we'll see.

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4-5 hrs really isn't enough though. You should go to bed earlier, get more sleep. I need 8 or more just to function
I actually can't function with more than 6 hours of sleep. On the rare occasions that I've lain in bed 8-10 hours (without being sick that is) I wake-up to find myself terribly sore and feeling all fuzzy-headed for most of the day.

I suspect part of this is because I've had insomnia for much of my adult life and since I tend to be more of the night owl, I'm often awake at odd hours. Come to think of it, the most productive sleep schedule for me tends to be sleeping from like 6pm-11pm/midnight. I sleep better and I have a very easy time waking up. Unfortunately this isn't all that practical in most situations, so I think that shifting it forward some hours might be "close enough" so that I feel about as good.

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that is really weird!
oddly enough, you're not the first person to come to that conclusion ;)
Not too weird, I'm with Vic on this one. I tend to suffer from headaches and migraines and it may just be coincidence, but when I sleep more than 5-6 hours, I wake up with a headache or worse case, a full blown migraine. I know there's been times we'll go out and get home 3 or 4 and I'll be up by 8 or 9.

Of course, (and I'm sure Vic can concur) naps help :o) For me, even a short 5-10min snooze does wonders.

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huh... well, I'm going to the doctor today because I seem to be overly tired.
Ugh, being overly tired sucks. That's probably why I've gone to such lengths to figure out what sort of schedules work best for me. I just can't function if I'm feeling groggy and out of it.
The difference though is that I don't actually wake up in pain if I sleep too much. The best way I can describe it is feeling like I've slept too long... as if I've been still way too long and I need to get up and move around. Some days when I've overslept, I've felt better when they day turned out to be busy.

The tiredness is usually a function of when I do sleep. I seem to be best suited for being night-shifted... If I try to sleep from 2am-8am or so I usually feel the most tired despite having slept a good amount.