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4/23/10 9:15 A

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Sounds ideal to me Marlin! Went to sleep at 8:30 last night. No, I don't care who gets kicked off Survivor! ;-)

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4/22/10 2:38 P

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I used to stay up until 11:30 or midnight most nights. My wife is smart enough to call it a day when she is tired. Somewhere along the line, I started going earlier and earlier. Our standard bedtime now is between 9:30 or 10:00, even on the weekends. We both read for a little while and then it is lights out. This allows me to get up at 5 and get to the gym by 5:30 and work by 7:30. I have more energy than ever-even from 10 years ago.

I usually try to get one nap in on the weekend too!!

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4/16/10 5:03 P

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Honestly, I'm at the point where I'd rather get 8 hours sleep and wake up at 6 to get the extra work-out in(some days I skip the work-out and use it as 'me' time) then stay up late in front of my computer till the last brain cell decides to shut down.

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4/15/10 10:39 A

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It is possible to live with different schedules. My partner and I do it. i work nights, he work days. But we manage to meet in the "middle". not easy, but possible.

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4/15/10 10:33 A

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My opinion is that you both need to get on the same schedule. Unless you're in the garage building something or painting the basement, you need to be going to sleep at a decent hour to fuel yourself for the next morning's exercise.

Read a book and go to bed together, have sex or whatever, sleep, exercise, and attack the day refreshed and satisfied. Just my opinion.

Edit: Realized it was a question post....so....I'm doing my best to get back to an earlier bedtime, at least by 10pm. I awake at 5am to run or workout until 6am. Our children are 1 & 3, so my reality is a little more open than yours I guess. I'll be in your shoes soon....Good luck!

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4/15/10 10:22 A

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This is a Battle we have been waging for 12 years now,. My wife is a morning person,.. i am a night owl,. now we have 4 kids,.. youngest is 3,. so when i get up to ride at 0530 -0600 she's still sleeping,. until the kids hear the door. then it's normal rush. problem is by the time we get the troops down and have a moment to spend alone, it's 10pm. then housework, any needed discussion,.. then my daily plea to get some Lovin,.. and poof it's Midnight!

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4/12/10 11:14 A

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Thanks for the suggestions RP1! I agree the TV and computer are a big no no... At least for me. I often fall asleep with the tv on and then it wakes me up and I can't get back to sleep.

I have been doing what you suggest and will not get in front of a tv or monitor screen well before bedtime and it does seem to be helping.

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4/11/10 10:48 P

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I used to regularly have trouble sleeping, partly due to stress and depression, partially when weather changes occur. I found that keeping a routine, even on weekends, helped I set a time to get up and once that was routine I adjusted the time for bed. I found reading a book or listening to an audiobook or podcast to settle down. I avoid tv and Computer monitors more than an hour before bed. It helped.

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3/31/10 4:56 P

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I know, but, we gotta do it. Sleep is important for so many reasons. I keep a book by the bed, and my little book light. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and I was just starting to think about grabbing my book and book light and I was out...
And, there are all kinds of aides, too... warm milk, herbal supplements, masterba@($*#)n...
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3/31/10 3:59 P

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That's my problem. Even when I can block off the time for eight hours, I never stay asleep more than two or three thanks to all the crap that goes with being older.
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3/31/10 2:03 P

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Well last night I went to bed promptly on time. (very proud of myself) and the next thing I know I'm awake and it's 2:00 in the morning! Damn it! And of course, I can't seem to get back to sleep.

I guess my body is used to sleeping a certain amount of time and that's it. I am going to continue to go to bed at the set time, however, and I plan to ramp up my activity level a bit to see if I can stay asleep longer than 4 or 5 hours...

Not giving up, but it looks like this is going to be harder than just going to bed at a set time... Oh well, I guess I will have to train myself to sleep longer.

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3/31/10 12:47 P

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OK MCCARREL,
Lets do it!
I worked this issue out with my wife on Monday and we set our "bedtimes" for 9:30 & 10:30. She needs more sleep than I do, so I had to figure out a workable solution for the extra hour - so, we shut everything down at 9:30, I let her go to sleep, and I have an hour to read (with one of those little book lights), which is cool!

We started Monday night and it went well. Yesterday, we both woke, feeling alert and refreshed.

Last night, however, we got a little "frisky" and went past our bedtimes. This morning she was dragging and I actually feel a little sluggish.

So, while not an objective/double blind scientific study; I think you and I. both will have noticeable results if we stick to this experiment!

Good Luck!
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3/30/10 2:43 P

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Ok Chris.

I'm going to commit to two weeks of strict adherence to a set bedtime. (I can hear my kids saying it now... "See! It's no fun is it!?!)

I did the math. I will need to be in bed by 10:00 PM to get 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep. (depending on how fast I actually fall asleep)

I will post back to this discussion in a week with any perceived benefits or results. Then again at the end of two weeks. While the results will only be arbitrary and not really scientific it should help to prove to one's self that an adequate night of sleep is vital to the cause.

Good luck to anyone else deciding to try this little experiment as well!

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3/30/10 1:25 P

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Just Do It (The Math)!
* Figure out how many hours of sleep you require (probably 7.5 - 8 - anybody who says they need less is... tired...);
* Count the hours - back from when you have to get up for work, to check your investments, whatever and establish your Bedtime;
* Figure out what you need to do to prepare to go to sleep and how long that takes and subtract that time from your bedtime,
then;
* At Bedtime - Shut Everything Down & Hit the Hay!

Do this for 2 weeks and I'll bet you'll feel better, have more energy, lose more weight, exercise happier and will become so incredibly sexually vigorous that your DW will wonder what pod you climbed out of!

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3/30/10 11:43 A

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Thanks for the replies.

@WILLIAMLC
I like to think I can catch up on the weekends too, but that never seems to work. (Plus I feel guilty if I do)

@CHRISGLANS
I watch way too much tv during my "quiet time". The tv is probably one of the top 3 things I have difficulty fighting next to portion size and movement rate (movement rate and tv are directly related) A couple different times I have tried to convince the DW that we should try getting rid of all tvs for a couple months just to see the difference. (but of course that never flies)

@NITEMAN3D
I agree the only thing that is really going to help/work (aside from discipline of course or throwing out the tv) is to try to get the movement in throughout the day instead of one big block at the beginning or end of the day (That's hard too though with a sit down job)

Oh well... Will just have to work harder at it. (Work hard at getting more sleep... Sounds weird.)


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3/30/10 6:28 A

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I simply don't. I sleep 3-4 hours a day. Well, during the working week. On the weekends I "ctch up" (although I know there isn't such a thing) and I can manage sleeping 8 hours...

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3/29/10 7:50 P

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I know what you mean!
I suck at going to bed -- I used to say, there'll be plenty of time to sleep-- when I'm dead...
but, as I've gotten older, I've found that that doesn't work as well anymore.
As far as disciplining myself to get to bed?
Beats me!
Sometimes, if I lay down with a book, I nod off earlier, but it's hard to turn off that F@$*&%g TV! Especially when nothing good even comes on until after 9:00 and in Washington the news comes on at 11:00.
Lately, I've noticed how much my wife needs her sleep, so as a courtesy to her, I've been turning it off earlier and shutting it all down, for her benefit.
This seems to work, not only do I get the good feelings from doing something for my wife, but I wake up easier and more refreshed.
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3/29/10 6:34 P

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Try squeezing the exercise in in smaller blocks of time during the day? Fifteen minute walk at lunch and tell the kids you have to do twenty minutes of weights, video, or calisthenics at 6pm every night without fail or the Doc will put you in a home. If you can squeeze in forty five minutes during the regular day and then force yourself to hit the hay at eleven and up at six, you'll at least get seven hours regularly? I'm on third shift and it's even worse, and I don't even have kids at home. I'm lucky to string together five hours in two different blocks of time. I think discipline is what is needed, but good luck with that.
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3/29/10 3:52 P

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Just wondering how you all manage to get enough sleep (if you do) in today's busy world...

I find I have a hard time getting more than 4-6 hours of sleep a night, and I know that is not helping me achieve my weight and health goals. I think my main problem is my children. I have 3 kids and my DW works full time too, so I don't seem to have any alone time. I get home from work and immediately (it seems) I'm hauling kids here and there, or helping with homework, or enforcing rules and chores, etc...

When they finally go to bed at 9:00 or later it's at that time that the house becomes quiet and I can finally have some peace. Then I find myself staying up late enjoying my alone time. Next thing I know it's 11:30-12:00 and I have to be up for work by 6:30 at the latest. So if I want to get up and go for a walk or get some morning exercise in I need to get up by 5:00 or so. It's seems to be a never ending cycle I get trapped in.

Anyone else fall into this trap? What tricks do you do to convince yourself to get to bed at a reasonable time?

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