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#455327 - 07/15/06 12:44 PM Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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Hi Folks,
Another case of not getting stuff posted the day I wrote it. This time for good reason though. I just got about 15 hours of sleep! For most folks, that may not be a rare thing, but for me it represents more sleep than I get in 4 days usually. So my question to all of you is.. how long do you sleep at night?

In the past, I would generally sleep 8 hours a day on average. But it wouldn't be rare for me to go 2 days and then sleep 10 hours. In the last 12 months in particular, that's changed for me to about 4-5 hours a day, sometimes going 2 days without sleeping. It's not really out of choice. It's not that I don't like to sleep. I've just literally not had time to sleep. When I am on road trips, it's no uncommon for me to go 20-30 hours at a time without sleep.. then crash somewhere for 10-12 hours. I've been to peoples houses where they've barely seen me between working, doing shows and sleeping. How many of you actually get normal sleep on a normal pattern every night? Even years ago, before JPF, (which seems like several lifetimes ago) when I had the regular day job, I still would come home and work late into the night on music and then get a couple hours of sleep and be dragging myself back home, often for a nap still in my work clothes because I couldn't keep my eyes open, only to wake up and do it all over again.

So.. what are your sleep patterns? I slept so long last night that I am still tired. Ever do that too? Sleep so long you're still ready for more sleep?


PS: The reason there was no blog yesterday was that Comcast's Internet Service was off for nearly 24 hours! Argh!

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#455328 - 07/15/06 01:35 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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I sleep for 6 or 7 hours a night most of the time. Ongoing battle with insomnia will keep me up a few nights in a row once in a while, then I'll crash for the better part of a day.

And I'm pretty sure that Comcast is run by Nazi war criminals. That's my theory, anyway. The only thing that I hate more than their ridiculously loud commercials is that I have to rely on them for cable & internet. Nazis.

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#455329 - 07/15/06 01:47 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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After keeping a pattern like yours, and being in denial about just who is in charge of my schedule (I, like a lot of people, thought of sleep as an annoyance that got in the way of "important" stuff, boy was I wrong), I was told by my cardiologist that it was essential that I get 7 hours or more of sleep each night...no excuses...no ifs ands or buts. These days, when the schedule gets crazy, I nap to make up the seven hours. If I can't get seven per day for a couple of days, I cancel other stuff. I find that it is very easy for other folks to tell me that I need to do something right a way (most often, something I'm not getting paid for...sound familiar?). I've learned to put my tongue on the roof of my mouth and say, "NO." It makes people mad sometimes, but, funny thing, I get respect.

It is VERY dangerous to your health to go without sleep, especially when you are feeling busy and stressed. It can shave years off your life. It can cause you to die early. Read that last sentence again. And again. Never mind, I'll shout it. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP CAN CAUSE YOU TO DIE EARLY. But, don't believe me. GO TO A DOCTOR and ask.

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#455330 - 07/15/06 03:01 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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Mike is right. My doctor told me that chronic fatigue is a VERY serious form of stress on the entire body....especially the heart and lungs....I never thought of it that way...until he said that.

That said, I try to get about 6-7 hours of sleep per night. Sometimes, it is only 5 or 6...but since I get up early and tend to stay up late, I often take a nap late in the day to make up the difference.

Interestingly, I actually get very run down and sick if I chronically deprive my body of sleep. I get prone to viruses and flu if I am too run down [Linked Image]

I'd get SO much more done if I didn't need to sleep!!! But...in order to maintain a high quality of life...I need to get enough rest. I end up feeling better and...not feeling like I am in a crisis of pushing myself that hard all the time.

I hope that you will make your health TOP priority; being rested can only help you do more in the long run.

Here's to good health and enough sleep!! [Linked Image]



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#455331 - 07/15/06 03:26 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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My sleep pattern changes. I try to get as much as I can, but sometimes when I'm feverishly working I don't get enough. Especially if I'm on the road, I don't get nearly enough sleep. I think the main reason is, I don't get paid enough. I have the feeling if I was making more what I felt I was worth, then I'd probably take more time for myself.


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#455332 - 07/15/06 03:33 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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There are many young people that can get away with lots of sleep deprivation...A young body can take more stress and bounces back a lot quicker...When I think back to the crazy schedule I kept in my twenties..I am reminded that I can no longer stay up all night without paying the price...hate to mention the age thing -- don't ask MY age! [Linked Image] , but....once your body starts to "tell" you that lack of sleep is affecting your productivity and health considerably...then it may be time to change and attend to your need for rest [Linked Image] Just my opinion, of course!



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#455333 - 07/15/06 05:36 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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Well, this time of year my theatre gig only gives me about 4 or 5 a night,, but the rest of the year, because I work from home, I usually get a decent amount...8 or so

My typical pattern is going to bed about 3am or so and getting up about 10 or 11.

When I'm working on a particular project I can push myself a couple of days with no sleep, but it's not my preferred state of fatigue....lol

My husband's got a reverse sleep pattern, he starts work at about 3pm, so he stays up all night and then sleeps til about 2. I don't know how he does it.

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#455334 - 07/16/06 11:17 AM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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Some good advice here.I try to get 7 to 8 hours a night.When you sleep your immune system goes to work repairing all damage done to your body during the day.If you don't get enough sleep,the damage does not get repaired completely,and after a while you will get sick which will force you to rest so your body can repair itself.Half our health problems are likely caused by lack of sleep and stress.When we are young we can abuse our bodies and get away with it because our immune system is much stronger but as we age our immune system weakens and needs more time (sleep)to repair itself.


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#455335 - 07/16/06 11:38 PM Re: Friday, July 14th, 2006  
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let me add an Amen!

for sixteen years my average was between 2 and 4 hours a night. I escaped with my life - just barely.
after the divorce, for a year or so it was 10 to 12.
now its 8 or 9 and I still get the feeling that whatever I do, retirement age might just be out of reach.
well, as they say 'live and learn, die and forget it all'

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