Staying up all night.. how often? healthy?
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:00 PM
I don't want to do it often but if I do it for this next week or two I could really be ahead of everything I'm behind on.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:04 PM
Though that might have been after sleeping for just a short time after the long staying up, cant really remember.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:19 PM
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:27 PM
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:53 PM
Here's the only thing that matters to me - you can stay up as long as you're not tired. For me that could be 9 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours or more depending on various things like what I did during my time awake, how much REM sleep I got before I woke up, etc.
It's important to realize you hit a point of diminishing returns when you force yourself to stay awake - you'll reach a point where you start making errors without even realizing it or have trouble solving the simplest of problems. As long as you know your own limits and don't push yourself too far IMO there's no real danger.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:27 PM
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:57 PM
That would be polyphasic sleep -- very popular among supporters of the idea, although many others suggest there are potential dangers or downsides to polyphasic sleeping patterns. I personally haven't found "normal" sleeping patterns to be inefficient enough to bother with a) the effort, and b) any potential risk of investigating for myself.
That said, sleep doesn't have to be all at once. There are several techniques out there for varying sleep cycles (like 4 hours asleep, 16 awake or something) - I forget the term used to decscribe them though I know Lifehacker had a post on it once a few weeks ago if you want to try searching there.
I try to sleep at least 5 but up to 8 hours per night -- getting between 6 and 7 hours most nights under normal conditions -- and try to at least fit in some short naps if normal sleeping is temporarily impossible for whatever reason.
Not sleeping at all (especially for prolonged periods) is definitely not a good idea and should be avoided if possible, but I don't believe a couple of once-off experiments with it will do you any permanent damage assuming you don't also hurt yourself while in a sleep deprived state.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:11 PM
But even a single <6 hour night makes itself felt immediately to me. My creativity and willpower both fall off rapidly at that point. Im little good for anything else than stacking boxes after such nights.
No clue about the long term effects, but the short term effects are sufficiently counterproductive to me that I have no incentive to go and find out.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:15 PM
I wouldn't really recommend that you try to reproduce this yourself - I'm a borderline insomniac at the best of times. If I manage to catch 6 hours of sleep on a normal night, it's a miracle...
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:27 PM
Caffeine is no substitute for a good night of sleep, and the game development world's... addiction to long hours of overtime, crunch, and various other deleterious actions most likely has a measurable quality control effect.
In general, I suggest just getting to bed when you're tired. I usually take a nap part way through the day, simply because I tend to prefer the quieter hours of the night to do work, not to mention staying up late to gaze at the stars through the telescope means no late night sleep.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:48 PM
Nowadays I try to sleep 7-8 hours, but it's often 5-7 most weekdays. It's probably not healthy to sleep too little... from what I've read sleep helps your body in many ways, like heal wounds faster, strengthens the immune system by replenishing blood cells, and many more. Probably good for your eyes to rest also.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:01 PM
Try sleeping less -- I used to have a similar problem, and was given the same apparently counter-intuitive advice and had pretty good results -- by sleeping less overall and going to bed only once you're well and truly tired you may well be better rested when you are asleep rather than being fairly restless and waking up tired. I got good results from fixing the time I had to get up but only going to bed once tired. Don't try it for too long if you're not getting good results, and see a doctor if you're having serious problems. You should also make sure you're getting what your body needs in your diet, and that you're not trying to rely on caffeine (or other energy supplements) for your energy so that your body becomes reliant.
I am a night owl, but usually sleep 7 hours. Still tired afterwards. In fact, my problem is constant tiredness.
Since I tried that a few years ago I eventually settled into a much nicer sleep pattern, I'm only tired if I miss sleep because of something out of the ordinary, and I've gradually built back up to a "full" night's sleep without it being crappy ineffective rest.
- Jason Astle-Adams.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:38 AM
Don't mess up your sleep. I've been there for two years. It's serious shit.
I mean no hours of sleep, not a wink. I can stay up for two days and as far as I can tell function normal, then sleep and do it again. Is this going to damage me in any way in the long term? How long can a young, healthy guy keep doing this before he turns old and sick? Did/do you do this often?
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:18 AM
Look, any teenager can stay up all night. If you are really dedicated to being productive and catching up on work, get to bed early (8 pm), wake up early (say 3 or 4 am), make yourself a cup or two of coffee and get some work done without distraction while you're still fresh. Take breaks when you need to as well. You can get a solid 12 to 14 hours in a day, be done by about 5 or 6 pm and still have 3 hours to chill out before getting to bed. This has been my crunch time schedule for the past few years and it's worked wonders for me.
Being up all day and staying up all night, you'll only be spinning your wheels. I'm an atypical sleeper, requiring very little sleep and, even for me, this is completely impractical. At various times, dealing with really bad management at a job and especially the birth of my son, I've had to go very long stretches without sleep, around a week to two weeks. I was able to keep going, function fairly well and never experienced hallucinations (bummer). I'm the guy that probably requires the least sleep and I'm telling you this just isn't the way to go. You will always do better with a good nights rest, period.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:18 AM
I think that staying awake for the whole night is harmful. But if it happens not really often it is ok!
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:34 PM
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