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Matter and Energy, Food and Sleep - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Matter and Energy, Food and Sleep
An old friend from my first few years in college, Colin Osterman and gsan's first-year roommate, once told me his method for, well, living, but at that time living was done in the form of frequent all-nighters, empty pockets, and general stress.

I substitute food for sleep and sleep for food, whichever is less.

And it made sense, and still does, despite the tendency for me to get drowsy after eating. I just seemed right in a "matter and energy are interchangeable" sort of way.

I still stay up late at night and often pull all-nighters, generally to straighten out my sleep schedule after falling into a nocturnal pattern. Usually I don't make it as long, though, because I don't have that intensity, that focus to finish anymore.

But the axiom has still stuck with me even though I feel my body aging more quickly because of weight and mental sluggishness. It remember Colin's exchange rate because I never broke those sleeping patterns and habits and while my body rebels against me.

mood: just fourteen more hours
music: Afro Celt Sound System - "Release"

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yermie From: yermie Date: November 10th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC) (link)


Ever notice that you can sleep a lot today, and still be tired later tonight?

Or that you can almost skip a day of sleep (get 3-4 hrs), and be ok the next day?

I saw a study on sleeping, and it basically showed that how tired you are today is not related to how much sleep you got last night. Instead, it's tied to how much sleep you got the night before that. So any rearranging of your sleep schedule takes place over 48 hours, not just 24.

Point being, if you're trying to readjust your sleep schedule to being diurnal, you will have to adjust it over 2 days, not just 1.

This has been another "Useless Fact"...
From: navydave Date: November 10th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC) (link)
You know, it might make sense in that matter and energy sort of way....
But there's still no better way to solidify your mental state and general health/well being than eating regular(like at the same time of day) meals 3-4 times a day and sleeping 7-8 hours a night(/day; as you like).
Any exchanges you make throw your chemisty all out of whack. Sort of like your car... starts and stops are what cause the vast majority of the wear and tear on your cars engine. Same theory for your body. The chemistry of the thing works MUCH better if there's some regularity to the demands you place on it.
You get sick less often and generally feel Better.

I'm kind of of the opinion that the collective stressed out psychoses of all of our friends freshman/sophomore year are evidence enough of this.
havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: November 10th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (link)
The reason you get drowsy after a full mean is that you've eaten too much, and the blood supply that is usually routed to your brain is rerouted to your digestive system to carry away the nutrients and handle the extra load. Your brain has less nutreints flowing thru it, and you get drowsy.

At least, that's what was told to me by a nutritionist when I worked for Honeywell as an airplane mechanic. They brought one in because of the number of afternoon-stupor accidents, and it seemed to help - at least, when I cut back on lunch, I didn't get drowsy anymore. Stayed hungry, though.
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