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Sleep deprivation and Restoration in Mumbai

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.

Restoration

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.

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The Last Mile Transport Solution – Boosted Boards.

Why do i dread the last mile commute, after getting down from a public transport, it is a nusisance to find a transportation to take you to your home and office. I would rather walk it down, but walking can get tiring and time consuming. So I bought a bicycle. I used to think a portable folding bicycle is the solution to the the last mile commuting issue. A portable cycle is a option, but most portable cycles would at-least weigh 12 kgs which might tire the hell out of a normal non-athletic person.

A folding bike

Lot of Kickstarters are working on this issue, another one which is like a unicycle called Yike is electric cycle which can be folded and carried in a bag, but the issue again is , it weighs12 kgs for the lighter model going all the way to 15kgs for the top end variant.

The Final Solution – A Boosted Board.

boosted boardsOne day when i was walking, i saw a Causcasion guy on a boosted baord, the ease with which he was navigating the traffic and the potholes left me stunned, it recently dawned on me that this could be the possible solution to the last mile personal commute. Light and portable enough to carry in a back pack. The boosted board is motorised and controlled by a bluetooth remote control and travel up to 20mph and and go a distance of 10kms.

Take a look at this video below.