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    For a little over a week now, I've only been able to get to sleep for four-hour intervals. It doesn't seem to matter how tired I am when I go to bed; I'll still wake up around the four-hour mark.

    Has anyone else gone through a phase like this, and if so, how long did it last?

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    I have the same problem as you, but rather only two hours at a time....
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    • #3
      I have always been a light sleeper my whole adult life. I generally get 2-4 hours of sleep, wake up, go back to sleep... a few times a night.

      Try some melatonin. It helps me a little. Or maybe you just need a new bed or mattress.

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      • #4
        Do you awaken feeling a need to go to the bathroom?
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        • #5
          Don't worry Ivo. It is just your reptillian side asserting itself. It is part of learning to control other human's minds when you become overlord.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
            Do you awaken feeling a need to go to the bathroom?
            Not really. I just wake up. I started school again this past week, so I wonder if that could be a factor in messing with my internal clock.

            Although I think John's "reptillian" suggestion is equally plausible.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by I am Ivo, hear me roar View Post
              Not really. I just wake up. I started school again this past week, so I wonder if that could be a factor in messing with my internal clock.

              Although I think John's "reptillian" suggestion is equally plausible.
              us aliens have to stick together. These Earthlings are so bigoted against being subjugated.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                us aliens have to stick together. These Earthlings are so bigoted against being subjugated.
                My alternate theory is that my sleep issue is the result of a curse I incurred from reading the "witchwind" blog you linked to in your "insanely radical feminism" post. In which case, it's really YOUR fault

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by I am Ivo, hear me roar View Post
                  My alternate theory is that my sleep issue is the result of a curse I incurred from reading the "witchwind" blog you linked to in your "insanely radical feminism" post. In which case, it's really YOUR fault
                  oops.

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                  • #10
                    I went through such a phase once. I called it "college".
                    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                    • #11
                      4 hours? You lucky little devil, you.

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                      • #12
                        Oddly enough, that actually used to be considered normal, before street lights became commonplace. People called it "first sleep" and "second sleep". There were even treatises written about how to efficiently use the time between the two nightly sleep sessions, with some people suggesting that it was the best time to study. It was mentioned in stories as a thing that everyone did, like it wasn't out of the ordinary at all. It has only been in modern times that the idea developed that you should get all your sleep in one go. Look up "polyphasic sleep" for a modern take on it.

                        Here is a Wikipedia article on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segmented_sleep
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                        • #13
                          Some people function just fine on 4 hours of sleep a night. I know an attorney whose whole family more or less does that. IIRC John Wesley also typically slept only 3 or 4 hours a night. St. Silouan the Athonite would only sleep an hour or two a night, and that while sitting on a stool.
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                          • #14
                            Ivo, do you go back to sleep at all that same night after waking up?
                            Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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                            • #15
                              Roger Ekirch, the historian cited in Quanta' s link, wrote a major work on segmented sleep that many other historians and doctors are using. I thought about buying it, but reviews say it's not easy reading.

                              Here it is...Roger Ekirch, “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past”
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