I once took a poll on my Facebook and most of the people said that it is rather mandatory to get about 8 hours of sleep.
I used to sleep for 8 hours, but now since last two weeks, I have decided to hack my sleep. Getting 8 hours sleep, means one has to compromise on two things.
1) if you sleep early, you miss this quality time with yourself from 12 am to 2 am. So I am not ready to let go of this.
After 12 am, one is free from all chores and distractions. The time between 12 am to 2 pm is the time for some quiet reading or journaling. So now I tend to sleep around 2 am or even later. My circadian clock is set to make me wake up at 7.30 (if not earlier) every day no matter what time I sleep.
2) Walking up early means getting a head start on your work, so I wake up around 7.30 and almost right in the bed, I start organising my tasks for different projects, I’m currently working on at the moment.
As the day progresses, I mange my breakfast and then the entire day is until 6 pm is basically, meeting people, calling, emailing which involves travelling and a hell lot of multi-tasking.
Multi-tasking is unavoidable, and one feels sleep catching up. I doze off in uber or ola ride with my Meditation music from brain.fm for about 15 mins. A nap of 15 mins, charges you up for another 2/3 hours of meetings and stuff.
If I am at home, I try to get a 15min to 30 min nap in the afternoon; that is if one lucky. Sometimes, you are so tired, but your mind over-worked up, that you cannot sleep even when you are sleepy.
Tiredness happens because of the traffic, the stress, the various inconveniences in our life and city. My recovery time is appalling; earlier I used just stop working for a few days when I had completed a gruelling task. But that breaks set your back to square one. So tiring is inevitable, some get tired easily, some might not. It depends on your gene’s, your health, your diet and other external and internal factors.
What I do nowadays, is that I have started anticipating when and what tasks will make me tire soon. I try to think how I can get less tired by doing that task efficiently. I also am giving extraordinary attention to my diet, but unfortunately, sometimes skipping meals are unavoidable.
But if I get tired, I see that I recover very soon, bananas is a great recovery food for me, chocolates, peanuts or whatever I can carry in my bag. Also, a lot of water helps.
One of the most important thing I do for restoration is trying to eat my dinner before 7 pm and try to eat a nutritious breakfast.
So these are my hacks for sleep deprivation and restoration. What are your hacks, how do you cheat sleep or restore and nourish yourself back after a gruelling project? Let me know.