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I need a drug that will allow me to sleep less than 6-8 hours a day and still be rested.

Asked by windex (2926points) August 14th, 2011

There has to be something out there, I need the most hardcore borderline insane solution you know of.

My reasons: I’ve said this before, but now I’m acting on it. There are many many things I want to do in life. There just isn’t enough time. Making sacrifices and rearranging my priorities is not a solution.

I’m pretty much done screwing around. I want to make the world a better place and make a lasting impact. I’ve spent all my life studying people/human behavior. And although some might call it trolling, I’ve pretended to be different people online just to see why people think the way they do and what makes them think/act a certain way.

Most people are greedy and only care about money, although making money is extremely easy, I don’t want to waste any time going after it since I don’t care for it. Unfortunately I still need a certain amount, which will allow me to make the changes I want to make in the world. Therefore I can not quit my zombie 8–5 job.

I need to be able to stay awake for at least an extra couple of hours a day to work on the projects I’m working on. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING that can be done for this.

TL;dr Need to expedite world peace, don’t have enough time during the day.

p.s. I’ve heard about this acupuncture solution where a single needle, inserted in just the right spot on your forehead, cures you need for sleep permanently. Any thoughts?

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JLeslie's avatar

The only thing you can do is be as health as possible. Eat well, exercise. Anything else will eventually harm you or shorten your life. You should sleep as much as your body needs. Sleep is extremely important. If you need more than 9 hours a night, you might want to get checked for an underlying reason like an underactive thryoid or other medical condition.

FutureMemory's avatar

p.s. I’ve heard about this acupuncture solution where a single needle, inserted in just the right spot on your forehead, cures you need for sleep permanently. Any thoughts?

Complete bullshit.

Hibernate's avatar

If I were you I wouldn’t pay to much attention to this. If your body requires sleep then give it sleep.

In any way a solution to your problem exists but it takes time to master. You ask someone around you to co me and wake you up after you decide what time is there necessary. And then you keep that schedule up.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Meth. Meth is the most hardcore borderline insane solution I know of. I mean, sure, we have to rearrange “solution” to mean “bigger problem than the one you started out with”, but hey, that’s life, right?

Jellie's avatar

Well they said your body needs anywhere between 4–7 hours of sleep. Sleep for 6 hours and you should be rested enough. Eventually your body will get used to your cycle. As long as you’re not sleeping less than 4 hours you will not feel drained or fatigued. If however you are going to keep this up and be working the rest of the hours just eat healthier and increase stamina (through exercise) to be able to keep up your energy. Do eat well. Don’t eat carbs and sugars. They drag you down.

everephebe's avatar

I have to disagree with @FutureMemory on the “p.s. I’ve heard about this acupuncture solution where a single needle, inserted in just the right spot on your forehead, cures you need for sleep permanently. Any thoughts?”

This is completely true, and it also cures you of your need of anything else because… Well, you’re dead.

FutureMemory's avatar

@everephebe I stand corrected :)

JLeslie's avatar

@sarahhhhh Who is they? 6 hours is inadequate for most people. Especially people under 25, but really almost anyone.

Jellie's avatar

@JLeslie I’d read the article on BBC about sleeping b/w 4–7 hours so I went back to look for it. This was about 3 years ago when I was in college. In fact I remember reading that sleeping more than 8 hours could decrease your life span. Anyway I couldn’t find the same article but I did find this instead.

This says you need the amount of time that doesn’t leave you sleepy during the day. So @windex you’ve got some experimenting to do.

Aethelwine's avatar

we can prevent a lot of insomnia and distress just by telling people that short sleep is O.K.

^^great article from Time Magazine. “How Much Sleep Do You Really Need”

Jellie's avatar

Oh @windex also I find it matters a lot to me what time I sleep. If I sleep at say 2am and wake up at 9am, I feel drowsy and tired and unrested. However, if I sleep at 11pm and wake up at 5am I feel perfectly fine and fresh (like some nice crispy lettuce). So I would strongly suggest that you go to sleep sometime before 11 if you want to feel rested the entire day.

Roby's avatar

I get about 3–4 hours sleep a night…with cat-naps during the day.

Nullo's avatar

Narcoleptics may be prescribed something like what you’re looking for, but you’re not a narcoleptic. Just get the zs when you can.

JLeslie's avatar

To clarify my answer, I too am fine with gettng the sleep when you can. I do not think you have to get it all at night, but you need a certain amount within a 24 our period, or to make up the sleep every few days. Only getting 6 hours sleep a night, and then on the weekend sleeping 12 hours straight can work, but is not ideal of course. Or sleeping 6 hours at night, and then a nap of 1.5 or 3 hours during the day is fine too.

I use 1.5 or 3 because most people cycle through all stages of sleep every 1.5 hours, of course each individual may very greatly. I believe you can kind of figure it out by really paying attention to how long your sleep and naps are. If you seem tp naturally wake up in multiples of an hour an a half, I think it is significant. Significant because in my opinion, amd I have never read this anywhere, so I have no idea if it is really true for most people, we wake up well, as opposed to sleeping well, depending on what part of sleep we are in when the alarm goes off. If you are in deep sleep, the paralyic phase, and the outside environment wants you to wake up and jump out of bed, it is going to feel like shit. So many people talk about 8 hours sleep, but I have a feeling 7.5 might be easier with a nap later on. Maybe that is what it winds up being, because by the time we get all tucked in and fall asleep, the 8 hours actually does not wind up being a full 8.

About age, not sure how old you are. If you are young teens or very eary 20’s you need a lot of sleep. You are growing like crazy. Cells diving and multiplying. A lot of our healing and growth happens during sleep.

And, again, the most important thing is get the sleep your body needs. Some people only need 5 or 6 hours, and feel well rested.

mowens's avatar

Ive never slept more than 6 hours…

JessicaRTBH's avatar

Vyvanse? I kid, I kid

Mariah's avatar

That accupuncture story is bullshit.
Most anything that supposedly cure you of needing sleep is bullshit, and probably dangerous. You have noble intentions but it won’t help anybody or give you more time if you die early because you’re injesting crazy bullshit remedies.

lemming's avatar

I really wish I could help you and it really makes me happy to hear about good people actually doing something. Unfortunately I can’t. The best advice I’ve found is go to bed only when you are too tired to stay up and get up at the same early hour every morning…I think if you do that you would be pretty efficient when it comes to sleep. Why not get other people on board to help you??

Nullo's avatar

An 8–5 day ought to leave you a few hours afterwards, anyway.

snowberry's avatar

Join the Army. My son told me they told him that he didn’t need nearly the amount of sleep he thought he did. As a result they made sure he didn’t get more than 6 hours a sleep a night, and lots of times less. He was not impressed, but he did it. They decided they didn’t want him, and they let him go in a mutal agreement. Not sure what it was called, but it wasn’t dishonorable.

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