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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Short Sleeping

Posted by Raul on July 30, 2010

After making a comment in Lori’s Blog post “front porch: Dreams, Laughter and Comic Inspiration” about Tony’s Blog “Trottersville” Lori asked why I sleep so little, so here is the answer:

Some time ago I posted a thought called “Don’t Sleep Before You Die!” where I was talking about saving time by sleeping 6 hours instead of 8 as recommended by the experts. That was my ideal!

Today, and for the past 8 years, I had been sleeping an average of 3 hours a day, 1 at night and 2 in the morning.

What happens is that I have a delivery job at night (I wrote a short fiction tale about that in “Reunion”) so sleep one hour before going to work and two after, so not to waste too much time in the morning just sleeping.

Then work by day either fixing cars, doing several things around the house, spending time writing, blogging, reading posts in other blogs, commenting, trying to learn this computer thing and the writing craft (I want to learn to write well so more people would be interested in reading this blog, not just “Mom and the Poker Club”   :)    ), spending time with my son and wife and so on, so not much time left really.

Sometimes I oversleep and have 2 hours instead of one before going to work and had to rush so not to be too late in order to “preserve the schedule” and not getting behind during the day.

It works fine except for a couple of things: Memory, Vision and Energy, that’s all!

Memory has become crappy, I still cannot find the control panel of my brain so to uncheck the box that say “Automatically delete thoughts when a new one appear”, although I do have problems with memory since I can remember (don’t laugh!) I believe I suffer from CRS (Can’t Remember Shit)

Vision, once very sharp, is also becoming crappy. I still can read a street sign from a block distance but now I need glasses for reading (sigh), otherwise cannot distinguish the words.

Energy is also down; it reminds me of my childhood when being “high” with medicine and no energy to move due to sickness (“Why Alien Ghost”, “Loving Life”) so it takes a while to get energized after waking up in the morning and I’ve notice that, in those rare occasions when I have the time to sleep as much as 4 hours in a row, my focus and memory get better.

Another thing with short sleeping is that I don’t dream (not enough time) It’s been many years without dreams, which is sad because several years ago I read somewhere that we can put our dreams to work.

If we concentrate very hard in a thought when going to sleep and remain in that thought until we fall asleep, with practice and time, we dream related to our thought; it works! I tried that many years ago and after several attempts I was able to “advance” thinking done over a problem; I even dreamt a short tale that as soon as woke up wrote in one stand without stopping and needing no corrections! That was so cool!  :)

So short sleeping is nice to save time and do more things, but too short sleeping is not a good thing (duh). Now it’s about organizing things in order to get organized (see people how it can affect you?!)

But seriously, soon I should be able to get some more sleep and hope to recover some of the memory, maybe vision and definitely energy!

Life is good and the future can always be brighter!  :)

Raul

NOTE: The picture is not me but that’s how I look like when just waking up :)

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16 Responses to “Short Sleeping”
  1. Joy says:

    Hi Raul,
    Awesome cat photo..face and all:)
    I applaud you for setting a goal and focusing on it..
    I would like to suggest that perhaps you have more hours in a day to experience life..but will the wear and tear on your mind and body allow you to have as many *days* overall to enjoy? If your light is this bright with so little sleep imagine how much brighter it could be with more sleep..
    I work my day job, write and coach around it, mother around that, so sleep is a precious gift I get too little of..however, I also want the Energy I share to be golden and pure so taking care of my body is part of that..
    It works for you..so keep on with no sleep..am excited to see what creations come out of this for you…

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi joy,

    I do need more sleep and I know everything works better when well rested, so that’s a point to improve on in order of, as you mention, enjoy more days to come :)

    Raul
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  2. Raul

    Wow, three hours of sleep, and for 8 years, that seems pretty crazy. I am a minimal sleep type of guy myself but my definition of minimal differs from yours. I get about 5-6 hours a night. Even with this I begin to feel rundown after a while about once ever two weeks i go for about 9 hours in one night to “recharge”

    You said that only “Memory, Vision and Energy” and energy are affected, I would think any one of those would be a reason for 1-2 hours more. But hey, If i thought I could function on 3 hours…I probably would too, so more power to you.

    Steve
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Steve,

    5-6 hours is also my ideal, everything improves with that amount of sleep, but will have to wait until things get more organized :)

    Raul
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  3. Tony Single says:

    Raul, I clicked on the other links you provided, and I have to say that you are a most interesting chap! :P

    I loved the Don’t Sleep Before You Die post, and all the calculations you did to work out how much of your life you could reclaim from the spectre of sleep if you… well, slept less! I sleep more hours than you do, but I’m never together enough to think about such things so logically! :P

    And your explanation of the name Alien Ghost resonated with me. I’ve often looked around me at the sometimes insane interactions of seemingly sane people and… well, have been left scratching my head in befuddlement. Strange world for an alien ghost to be walking in…

    Raul, you gave me a lot of great reading material in this here post. Thanks! :)

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Tony,

    Thank you for taking the time to check the other links; I believe they help to explain things better :)

    As you can see with the post “Don’t Sleep Before You Die” you and me seem to be kind of opposite personalities somehow, while you seem to be a more “right brain” person, I‘m more “left sided” (that’s a nice way to say I still suck at poetry!)

    Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you liked the material :)

    Raul
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  4. Hi Raul,

    Wow, this is great — thanks for answering my question so thoroughly. I love that you did this, I was really intrigued about how you pull this off and why.

    (As an aside, I loved your comment about not just your Mom and the poker club reading your blog. he he — funny. Also funny about the pic you used and it resembling how you look upon waking.)

    I’m sending warm energy your way so that you can soon get more rest and recovery. So many essential things happen at night: repair, recovery, long-term memory storage, etc.. And, even if only to get that REM sleep, it would be great. I feel like I get a lot of fodder for stories and creative projects from my dreams — I want you to have them, too.

    Thanks for linking JBN here, too. I’m honored.
    Lori (JaneBeNimble)´s last post ..Front Porch- Dreams- Laughter- and Comic Inspiration

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Lori,

    If Mom didn’t send you then things are getting better about who’s reading this blog :)

    Thank you for the warm energy coming this way, as you mention, sleeping and dreaming are vital for recovery and creative projects so definitely I can use some more positive energies; thanks again, and thank you for visiting back :)

    Raul
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  5. Kelvin Kao says:

    Wow, three hours a night for eight years? I don’t think I can ever do that. I realized that if I didn’t sleep enough, my body will start aching and have a burning sensation. My stomach will be upset and I simply cannot function very well. And I definitely won’t be able to think clearly.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    Like many things, it’ll be just for a couple of days, then it remains for longer and the body ends up adapting to the situation; it doesn’t go the best, but it still goes, and still the plan of changing things to a better schedule :)

    Raul
    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Five Cents of Happiness

  6. Raul: Sounds like you need some sleep :) I am all about finding extra hours in the day and I gave up some of my sleeping time as well. I have found though you have to give to your body what it needs and if you are naturally waking up early and feeling rested, then it probably is okay to get a start on things. For me, the key has been to not use an alarm clock and just wake up as early as my body will signal me to wake up. It has been some conditioning, but I have noticed that my actual amount of time required to sleep is getting less and less … not 3 hours :), but I have managed to cut down on sleep some. I think it is all about figuring out what works best for you.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sibyl,

    Sounds like a common trend to reduce sleeping time to gain more hours in a day :)

    Definitely is about finding the personal balance that works best without getting all worn out. I’m glad to hear that you found yours and is working good :)

    This morning I got the chance to have about 4 hours in a row of sleeping and it feels great :)

    Raul
    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Five Cents of Happiness

  7. Evelyn Lim says:

    Wow…I really wonder how you can keep awake with only 3 hours of sleeping daily for 8 years. I had been hoping to cut down on my sleep but found it hard to. I would like to get more done but when I cut short my sleeping time, I fall ill.
    Evelyn Lim´s last post ..Inspirational Story- Song of the Little Bird

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Evelyn,

    I’ve read many comments where people mention they become ill with short sleeping. Maybe I’m really strong or a completely different kind of life awaits me if I get some more sleep, but for now the body seems to be adapted and I can keep going.

    Thanks for stopping by and your comment :)

    Raul
    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Five Cents of Happiness

  8. Meredith says:

    Oh, that kitty is so cute and grumpy looking. :)

    Raul, I hope you are not damaging your body and mind. I went through a period of severe insomnia in my 20s, where I could not sleep at all for many weeks, and struggled with sleeping for much longer. I would never wish those physical results on anyone. I would say “not on my worst enemy” but I have no enemies. I understand the desire to get ahead in life and develop one’s talents to the full — but I also think balance and moderation are key to the good life and to any quest for personal fulfillment. If your memory and vision and energy level are suffering, I’d guess you are not able to enjoy the here and now to their fullest — and yet this is what I would wish for every being to be able to do.

    I almost wonder if it’s not an issue of trust, too. Do you trust that you have enough hours in the day? Do you fully experience the reality that you have everything you need and can relax and not be worrying about the future? The human body needs rest for optimal functioning. It is a cycle within a cycle within a cycle, as old as time. There are even times of the month and times of the year when our body rhythms slow down or speed up, to match natural rhythms.

    That said, only you can feel your own body’s health and rhythms, and only you can decide what fits your life. I wish for you rest, Raul — and to have the courage to always make the best choices for your most beautiful, fulfilled life, whatever that looks like to you. :)
    Meredith´s last post ..help- I’m melting…

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Meredith,

    At first I thought “that’s an ugly looking cat” but after a second look I started to like it and now I could even adopt it :)

    The reason that memory, vision and energy are suffering is among the biggest motivators to create changes in schedule as soon as possible so, as you mention, the pursue of the future is without neglecting the present which, as we all know, is a gift.

    Thank you Meredith for your kind comment and worries :)

    Raul
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