Re: Sex vs. sleep

James Rogers (
Thu, 01 Jul 1999 00:02:11 -0700

At 01:07 AM 7/1/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I understand the extropian rationale behind those who want to be freed of
>their sex drives, but I guess I'm just not that evolved yet....

>On the other hand, as pleasurable as sleep and dreaming are, I'd love to
>have as many of those hours back as possible.
I understand that there are
>approaches to reducing sleep requirements -- pharmaceutical, hypnosis,
etc. --
>that seem highly effective, but I'm concerned that there may be serious
>long-term side-effects. I'm skeptical that we completely understand sleep
>dreaming. Have there ever been any good, LONG-term studies on sleep
>reduction techniques?

I have done quite a bit of experimentation with sleep (which I view to be a relatively inefficient process) and have only found two things that really seem to work on a regular basis: exercise and melatonin. In my experience, both of these increase the quality and reduce the duration of my sleep.

My personal figures for restful sleep:

Uninterrupted, without melatonin/exercise: 8-10 hours Uninterrupted, with melatonin/exercise: 6-8 hours Sustainable interrupted, without melatonin/exercise: 6-8 hours Sustainable interrupted, with melatonin/exercise: 5-6 hours

I save about two hours on average and can get by without significant performance degradation on about 5 hours of sleep if I get adequate levels of exercise and melatonin (3-6mg). I imagine this varies widely for different individuals; I've known people who only needed 3-4 hours of sleep a night without any external aid.

-James Rogers