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 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.

Why the poor produce more kids? 

  Do you think it makes sense to bring into this world, children which we cannot take care off? 60% of mumbai lives in slums, with roofs at such low heights that if you stretch your hands they can get hurt by the ceiling fans above. Houses with no natural light or ventilation, is it fair to raise children in such houses. Most of the childrens of the poor are malnourished, so I often wonder what makes them reproduce so rabidly, what really makes them think that children would be better taken care off. 

Yesterday I visited a NGO and the lady (who runs the NGO) told me the the reason the poor have children is because they need labour. I didnt push her further, because it was an awkward topic. Can you imagine, having children, that by the time they become 7/8 you engage them in laborious work, so they can releive your hardships? 

If this is infact the bitter truth? I think this is the partial truth, the other factors is we are genetically programmed to reproduce (think of this as a deep ingrained addiction, well that doesnt sound so good, do i really mean, making kids is an addiction, hmm.. YES) . We intrinsically beleive we will become immortal through our kids, also they are the old age crutch. 

Also humans can breed in any adverse conditions. Nothing stops us from multiplying. But I dont know, why I am so uncomfortable with the burgeoning populations, the appaling slums. Is it mere aesthetics? Again there might be multitude of reason for me being uncomfortable with such appaling poverty, but the main reason is aesthetic I think. I just cant handle those narrow pathways in the slum, the suffocating odor and low celings and the filth. 

So the question is do i really have to be more concerned about plain aesthetics over people rights to reproduce and breed and live in a conditions which the UN describes as being unfit for humans? 

How does one get rid of this aesthetics then?