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biking through insomnia [Apr. 14th, 2003|07:31 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

My sleep schedule's been steadily getting worse. Last week Whitaker and I stayed up until 2am, then 3am, then 4am... last night was 6am... and tonight I haven't gone to bed yet.

I tried to sleep, though. I was in bed for hours, restless.

At 6am I went on a long bike ride. All the trails and bridges in the lower area of my favorite park were covered in water after yesterday's downpour.

I'd always seen the signs saying, "Trails may be impassable due to high water." but I had no clue how high the water could get. It was totally cool, so I biked through it. Pedaling as hard as I could to stay upright, trying to stay in the center of where I guessed the path was.... my shoes and jeans still got soaked, but it was worth it.

Now I'm totally awake, but I imagine it won't last long. Regardless, I'm gonna fight it, being productive and exercising so I sleep well tonight.

Other notable events of last night:

-- read tons of WikiPedia, which I'm find myself increasingly addicted to and reliant on.

-- LJ hacking spree: [before midnight & after] (wish I could bookmark ranges)

[User Picture]From: zind4gi
2003-04-14 07:30 am (UTC)
I miss being able to stay up at all hours of the night doing what I love. But with a regular work schedule, I can't do that anymore.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-04-14 07:32 am (UTC)
I wish I could go all night doing what I love, too: sleeping. :P
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2003-04-14 08:33 am (UTC)
IIRC, the human sleep/wake pattern is 25 days. So if you're not contrained to a schedule of any sort, you'll stay up an hour later each day.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-04-14 09:08 am (UTC)
Wikipedia says 24.3 hours... one of you lies!
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[User Picture]From: taral
2003-04-14 09:21 am (UTC)
Wikipedia is mostly right. The human sleep cycle is based on a relaxation oscillator with a free-run period of approximately 24.3 days (on average). However its interlinkage with the visual cortex results in a phase-locked loop which tracks the day/night cycle very accurately.

Make sure the bright morning sun can reach your eyes and you'll find your sleep cycle stabilizes.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2003-04-14 12:30 pm (UTC)
that's probably just an average w/ a significant standard deviation, so for you personally, just look at the data: "Last week Whitaker and I stayed up until 2am, then 3am, then 4am". looks like 25 hours to me.
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[User Picture]From: hfx_ben
2003-04-14 08:43 am (UTC)

Sleep pattern

Talking to my almost-nearly-"too soon to say"-partner about schedules (she has an 11 year old who home-schools) about what I remember as a natural drift ... we tend to live on a 25 hour day, so we drift around the clock. Problem is that for some reason we seem to hang up without coming round, so we get rutted at, like, 5AM bedtime ... which is just toooo painful and inconvenient. My quick fix was to bite the bullet and at first opportunity to a) have a relatively easy day and evening and then b) not go to bed at 5AM, or 6AM, or even 11AM ... to swing the sked all way around (maybe with a couple of cat-naps) and hit the hay-rack at 10 or 11PM. Worst case should only come every few months.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2003-04-14 10:25 am (UTC)

The Twenty Six Hour Day

Wikipedia is the whip. It satiates my childhood hunger for an encyclopedia set of my very own.
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[User Picture]From: colin
2003-04-14 12:04 pm (UTC)

this would’ve went on your lj_maintenance post

I could still use xcolibur when the image server was down. It was beautiful. I almost cried.
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