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Old 12-19-2006, 03:19 AM   #1
Pierre Auge
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Default Sleep why we need it!

Why do we need sleep?

Because after about 48 hours you start to see things.

After 72 hours you start to forget things, like where you are and what you're doing there.

After 504 hours (3 weeks) you just adjust, but feel like death... I've averaged perhaps 2 hours of sleep each day over the past 3 weeks and its at the point where I can't sleep at all. I feel like I'm back in Infantry Battle School, errggg at least I'm not living in a hole in the ground in the middle of the prairies in minus 40 degree whether. That sucked! I apologize for using up useful memory on the PMenu server with this thread.

Anyway any advice on sorting this situation out would be helpful, thanks...

My room is completely blacked out (not helping)
I take cold showers (not helping)
Fasting (isn't helping)
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:10 AM   #2
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Didn't you read Robb's excellent (but guilt-inducing) article on sleep a few P-menus ago?
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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Fasting will absolutely NOT help. Elevated catecholamines...stress! Don't do it. Eat. ditch the IF until your sleep schedule is normal. The whole point of IF is to introduce a transient stresor to POSSIBLY enhance performance, health and longevity. We know a Low-ish carb, paleo-esque diet delivers great benefits, even at 4-5 meals per day. Get things dialed back in and then tinker with IF.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:56 AM   #4
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I'm really kind of on the bench regarding cold showers and sleep inducing. I feel that the "shock" of a cold shower, coupled with the narrowing of the capillaries and keeping the warm blood in the core might act contrary to what Robb suggested, at least in some cases. I have used cold showers between lifts at PL competitions, and between matches during my high school wrestling career to get "up" for the coming event.

I am not sure a cold shower is of the duration to cool down the core of the body.

Now, hot showers, on the other hand, have that vasodilation effect, with the body seeking to shed the additional heat, and, that, in turn will allow the core to cool faster.

It's an interesting subject. I don't know what point of view is the most valid, or if it's conditional.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:00 AM   #5
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Although not the most healthy option here is something that has worked for me. When I have had difficulty sleeping I occasionally eat a large meal consisting mainly of Carbs and fats. Think lots of pasta with chese, garlic bread etc.

I am not suggesting that this is something you should do all the time, but in the past when I've been worked up through work, personal conflict and training it has helped me to sleep.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:54 AM   #6
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Go to a college campus and sit in on an advanced physics lecture......those always seems to knock me out while I was there.....or any lecture for that matter....
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