Plan To Gradually Decrease Sleep
I've been setting my SleepCycle app to wake me between 5:30-6:00 A.M. every morning. Life has conspired to keep me from 7-8 hours of sleep a night lately -- due to being kept from going to sleep when I wanted to, or being woken up at night or early in the morning. But I've resisted the temptation to "catch up on sleep" by sleeping in. I may take a nap or two this weekend if the situation arises (haven't decided yet), but no more sleeping in. I plan on keeping the 5:30-6:00 A.M. wakeup time. I think this will help with normalizing my circadian rhythms.
I FINALLY got blue-blocking shades, to wear before sleep. I've been using the spiky sleep mat, grounding mat, 2 EMF filters in bedroom, and occasionally consuming pre-sleep cocktails like Upgraded whey, collagen, MCT oil, etc. In other words, most of Dave's sleep hack suggestions. Also meditating daily -- not as long as I'd like to, but at least some every day. I've been taking upgraded glutathione in the mornings, dry-brushing my skin daily, and occasionally taking calcium d-glucarate and/or extra vitamin C to reduce the toxic load on my body so I have less work to do during sleep. I think I will stick with the alarm set for 5:30-6:00 A.M. daily to create a good baseline (for at least another week or maybe two), and then I may start slowly making my wake-up time earlier. Like 5:20-5:50 A.M. for 7-10 days, and then 5:10-5:40 A.M. for 7-10 days, etc. I would LOVE to reduce my sleep need to 5-6 hours so I can milk more productivity and more "me time" out of each day. The key is to take things slowly -- to make sure I'm healthy, high-performing, and low stress at every rung of the ladder as I slowly decrease sleep.
Any suggestions, criticisms or encouragement re: this plan are welcomed. I willl keep note of my progress.
Full disclosure: I originally posted this in the "Personal Biohacking" thread here: http://forum.bulletproofexec.com/index.php?/topic/10386-my-current-projects-hacks-and-habits/page-2#entry93589
However, I've noticed that I don't get much commentary or advice from others on that thread. I really want to solicit others' advice regarding this sleep plan, so I'm posting this is the "Sleep" thread too. Moderators, I hope you don't mind!