I think it's largely a habitual thing, at least with me, anyway. Sometimes I fall back into the same routine and end up getting hardly any sleep, then dealing with chronic fatigue. I know it's bad when my dad, probably the hardest working guy i've ever came across, lectures me about doing too much. I can quite easily get to that point where i'm TOO fatigued - so tired I can't sleep. I'm weary of the early signs now. My appetite and skin are the first to show it (I suspect the skin thing is a side effect of loss of appetite - Less food with less recovery time with the same amount of stress... Something's got to give...).
Also, all my life I've always been someone who went to my bed late. Therefore, i've never been the type to bounce out of bed, more like drag myself out of bed, then a double measure of coffee to bring me alive. I think this is what set the wheels in motion for it, to be honest. As I got older I added work, bills, and general grown-up-stress to the mix, and it's far from an ideal habit to be in.
I'm also quite sure a large part of being successful in life is down to your ability to get up in the morning. My dad has said this my whole life, "I don't care what you do, if you can't get out your bed in the morning, you won't be as successful as you could be." I think this is one common theme among anyone i've met or read about that's "successful" (I use quotes because we all have different definitions of success) - they get up early.
this is interesting. I REALLY struggle to get out of bed in the morning. I'm a totally different person for about 2 hours. So very grumpy. Everyone knows not to talk to me in the mornings. I'm really very unpleasant.
Although, doing too much is definitely not a problem I've ever had...
I know! This was key for me. I did literally sleep on the couch for weeks as a short term fix. One thing I did notice is that after my "going to bed routine", I felt wide awake, so I done all this well before I actually went to bed. Plus what you're actually doing on the couch, or thinking about, it's almost always literally nothing. Nothing of any significance, anyway. When you get to bed you start thinking. If you're like me that's enough to keep you awake as I have a very active mind to the point where just sitting thinking can stimulate my mind more than TV or a book (not all books).
I may well start brushing me teeth after my last meal. Thing is, I just know I'd get hungry again and have to eat with a rank minty taste in my mouth...
Is Z12 melatonin? I bought some ZMA because I heard that helped you sleep. It didn't work, but it definitely gives me much more vivid dreams which is kinda cool.
Not sure what it is, I got it after reading positive reviews and i had free points on my account, the ingredients are, as listed on t-nation website,
4-amino-3-phenyl-butanoic acid HCL (PhGABA)
did you order from Biotest? Surely it cost an absolute fortune!? I was going to order some of their clothes (before Jason Nunn told me they put you in the same category as those chumps that wear tapout t shirts. Totally put me off...) but it was sooooo expensive for shipping
If you can't get a set time that you go to bed, then just work on the last couple of hours before you go to bed, regardless of the time. I think the key is in learning to switch off and stay switched off....
LOL, on the diary, well, to use about the only credible argument i've seen for Yoga - If Dan John does it, then i'll give it a shot
about the staying switched off thing, don't I know it! It's just how to actually do that that's the problem! As for doing something because Dan John does it, if Dan John jumped off a cliff, would you do it?
Actually I probably would. I don't want to live in a world with no Dan John...
Definitely get back into reading. "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body" - don't know who said this but I definitely never made it up myself. It's amazing. In the same sense that I feel good making myself stronger whilst most other people I know are wasting away on the couch watching TV, I get the same with reading. Most people don't read, they watch crap on TV and glance at tabloids to know what's going on in the world. I've developed a new fascination for History, too. It's amazing. School ruins history for you, they make it seem boring. Anyway, i'm going off subject...
the problem with reading is the books I read are too exciting! Also, when I'm reading I lose track of time and can easily stay up til 4 in the morning by mistake. A history book, however, would put me straight to sleep