In the past, I have bragged here that I used to get up at 4:30 am. Yes, I woke up for about a month, but then I had to give it up. I was too tired for the rest of the day and could not focus on anything. That being said, getting up early was supposed to help me get more things done. It actually prevented me from getting anything important done. So I concluded that I can not spend my days in a sleepless state.
So sleep was a top priority and I gave up on the idea of getting up early.
The big question that kept bothering me was why I needed so much sleep.
The answer was that it was because of my eating habits. Yes, digestion uses a lot of energy. Digestion, along with our brain, is the two most resource-intensive activities of the brain.
I am not familiar with the science of optimising my brain, but there is a gut-brain connection that is popular in the wellness community on YouTube. It claims that the gut and the brain are inextricably linked.
SO WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!
Also, I heard from Sadguru Jaggi that he sleeps 3 hours a day and his secret is that he only eats one meal a day.
TRY OMAD DIET TO FEEL MORE ENERGETIC
I thought I should try that out now too. The OMAD diet is pretty radical, but I have been on the diet for about 15 days now, but I eat a lot of fruit so I do not go crazy. I feel like I wake up more rested when I go to bed with a very light or empty stomach. Some days things don't go as per the plan (no surprise), there are days I could not sleep because of hunger and ended up eating 4/5 bananas in the middle of the night.
I think skipping dinner or OMAD (if you can) will do wonders for your energy and help you start the day before everyone else.
Note: I do not wake up at 5 am, I wake up comfortably between 7 am and 9 am, but I feel like I have slept better.
FEELING RESTED IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN 8 HOURS OF SLEEP
Western scholars over-emphasise needing 7/8 hours of sleep, which I do not think is the whole truth. The important thing is that you need to feel refreshed, and you can sleep 8 hours and still feel tired for the rest of the day, or you can sleep 5 hours and have a great, energetic day.
So stop listening to rhetorics like "everyone needs to get 7/8 hours of sleep a day" and focus more on feeling energised and able to do all the things you want to accomplish physically.
Yes, I agree that a vegetarian diet (including fish) is best for feeling lighter when you are over 40.