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Old 02-17-2003, 06:46 AM   #1
Edward D. Friedman
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I've skimmed the book, have not had opportunity to read the whole thing yet. For those who have:

Is approx. 9.5 hours sleep "the goal?"

What, if any, is the difference in getting it all at once as opposed to an afternoon nap, etc?

If one is unable to sleep that length, are beneftis derived from approaching that length? (It seems that 8 hours would be better for someone than the 7 they may be used to.)

If one has trouble staying asleep for that long (wakes @ 7 hours,) is the benefit still derived from resting in the dark? (Say, eyes closed and/or wearing night shades?)

How can one "build" to longer periods of sleep, as opposed to just resting in the dark? ( such wakeful rest in the dark, for me, can be mind numbingly boring, especially when the
-trained?- feeing, is "I've gotta get up and move!"

I find this book facsinating. Still, As a husband, dad, business owner, "fitness enthusiast", I had always thought that less sleep, so long as "overtraining" symptoms were not present, was a sign of health/fitness. This really challenges my paradigm as well as presenting a, "how the hell am I going to fit in the "extra" 2.5 hours sleep a day?...yikes"
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Old 02-17-2003, 10:59 AM   #2
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You are right, the main thing is to have to block of complete dark...it takes about 6.5 hrs to maximize i think it was calcitonin/hgh/melatonin. If you simply can not fit it injust sleep al long as possible in the dark. And yes, aparently red tinted sunglasses worn at night enhance melatonin release...you are married...not worries!
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