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Sleep Deprivation

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0 posted 07-02-99 12:29 AM       View Profile for Masked Intruder   Email Masked Intruder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Masked Intruder

At times I sit and ponder...well, no actually I don't; it's more of sit, fidget, and ponder, cause I frankly can't sit still. But anyways, at times, I sit...fidget...and ponder about how many hours of my life I have missed because I have slept. Yeah, I know, not a whole bunch compared to some of you "old" people out there, but relatively too much for my own adventuresome well being. And then I remember that my body not only needs sleep, but "craves" it with a hunger only matched by my stomach after a good ten mile jaunt through six inches of mud. And I wonder what is more important to me: to sleep and satiate that pangue of deep rumbles that neverendingly attacks my head, my arms, my legs, and heart, or boldly going where no man has gone before (using every single second of the day that he can possibly squeeze in of course)? On and on, in a never ending debate that will someday make the decision for me. Probably actually within the next five minutes, but soon, when my brain loses all consciousness except those few last thoughts of my day, or night in this case, which will inevitably shape the course of my dreams until I wake in four hours to face another day.

Yes, so what does everyone think...would you rather not "need" to sleep? or do you enjoy it so much that you wish your body "needed" more?
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1 posted 07-02-99 11:14 AM       View Profile for LeoG   Email LeoG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeoG

Sleep to most extends is feel terrific afterwards, but if you didn't need any....we'd probably feel great all the time.
However there is nothing like a dream, yet day dreams are cool too. Hopefully we still only had to do a 12 hour day of work, should we not need rest.

However the thought of having a few hours extra per day adds up to being great....think of the many moments that can last longer, the many things you can still get to do and all the new ones you can try out.

Sleep in many ways are waste....however, I love the mystery and legends of night dreams.....

We all have the makings of angels, yet we lose our wings due to a lack in humanity....
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2 posted 07-02-99 11:32 AM       View Profile for The Mad Monk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for The Mad Monk

I love to sleep. It's an alternate reality. My mind and body definitely recharge in the process.

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3 posted 07-02-99 12:35 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

If I could sleep one hour a day and awake refreshed, I'd take it. Too much to do, too little time! Of course, I'd spend all that extra time writing!
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4 posted 07-02-99 01:01 PM       View Profile for Miss Behavin'   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Miss Behavin'

Aren't raccoons nocturnal animals???

[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 07-02-99).]
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5 posted 07-03-99 03:52 PM       View Profile for Alain DeLaCendres   Email Alain DeLaCendres   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alain DeLaCendres

I personally hate sleeping. I don't dream (everyone keeps telling me I do but just don't remember them, but I disagree..) and when I do sleep, it is not satisifying in the least. It leaves me worn out and feeling just overall crappy. I have a terrible time falling asleep, but when I finally do (usually around 5 A.M.) and wake up, it's like I never even slept...Well, take it as you will.
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6 posted 07-03-99 10:10 PM       View Profile for sea_of_okc   Email sea_of_okc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sea_of_okc

I only sleep because I need to. I have found that i can go an extended period of time on about 5 to 6 hours of sleep nightly so that is what I get. If I sleep less than 5 for long it catches up if i sleep more than 8 hours I feel crappier than sleeping 4. I guess it is a matter of aclimating your body to a certain schedule. I seldom remember my dreams though i would guess they can't be bad because I feel fine when i awake.
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7 posted 07-08-99 12:31 AM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Hey, MI!

When this old person was in high school there was a friend my sister and I had by the name of Jeannie and Jeannie claimed that she had lived much much longer than we had because she made it a routine to sleep only 3-4 hours a night. We used to laugh at her behind her back. But that was then....

Sleep? Sleep is good for dreaming. Dreaming brings truth to your soul and meaning to the reality of your day. It's also makes you feel better the next day.

I often choose the alternative, however, since I agree with the deVine Miss P.... too much to do, too little time.

Too little sleep can mess with your head, unfortunately.

No wonder my head is so screwed up.

luv ya.... I heard you're making a trip to DC? Could this be true!!!???? Woohoo!!

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8 posted 07-08-99 08:30 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Sleep sucks. Period. End of discussion...

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9 posted 07-10-99 12:40 AM       View Profile for Delilah   Email Delilah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delilah

Forgive me for being relegious (I'm usually not like this), but at a day camp I went to when I was little, I was told that while you're sleeping, God looks into your soul. And just thinking about it makes me feel so much closer to him.

Also, how could you miss out on dreams? It's a chance for all your wishes to come true, and it let's your imigination breath. They're like magic, and what we take for granted, can be a real tragedy when lost.

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10 posted 07-10-99 06:52 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'll figure out my answer after I take a nap, OK, MI?

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When I was younger, I used to absolutely LOVE to sleep - and the more I got used to, the more I wanted to do it. I finally had to force myself to be awake for longer hours simply because sleeping 8 or 9 or 10 hours on the weekends (or whenever I had the time) just didn't leave me enough time to do the things I was finding I enjoyed while I was awake! Now, I've gotten used to sleeping around 5-6 hours a night and if I get any more then that, I'm feeling groggy the rest of my day. So I figure, I'm a convert here. I would never go back to my old sleeping habits and if I could do it on even LESS sleep, I would!

(I guess I just don't want to MISS anything...)
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12 posted 07-10-99 11:58 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I love the daytime, the warmth of the sun but I also love the night and the myriad stars. When I go to sleep, I don't dream, and it is a reset switch to my feelings. I feel bad when I go to sleep? In the morning I feel better! But if I feel good, then I only feel okay in the morning... So I wish that sleep could be optional so I could see the stars if I wanted, dance in the sunlight afterwards and not be tired, and sleep my troubles away...

Dusk Treader - *Abrahm* pacing the path between dark and light.

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13 posted 08-20-99 05:51 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

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14 posted 08-20-99 06:00 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

MI, I really like the time just before you actually go to sleep -- great thoughts come popping right around then. Dreaming is great but if I could do without sleep as a general mode I would. I also like the feeling of going without sleep for long periods of time. There's a doctor who explained why once but I didn't get enough sleep and forgot what he said.
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15 posted 08-20-99 10:59 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Not needing to sleep, eh? Just think: No more morning breath, no more pillow hair...

Would life be much finer just without those two things?

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

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16 posted 08-20-99 02:14 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

Going to sleep is great, and waking up still half in a dream state is great, but the time in between is only a physical necessity, we don't remember it at all. I would like to be able to function properly on about one hour a night. That way I wouldn't miss the fun of sleeping, but think of all that extra time!
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17 posted 08-21-99 03:28 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I am agreeance with most of the above. There is nevernevernever enough time. I work two full time jobs (yuck!) and write poetry and prose on the side. The remaining hours are spent doing the trivial things like eating and sleeping... if I could cut out the sleeping, that'd give me an extra four hours a day (note the time of my posts as well!)
So, no sleep....

You'll get enough sleep when you're dead!

Sanity is the playground for the unimaginative.

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18 posted 08-21-99 08:18 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S., I'll give you the "psychological" answer...

In order to feel well and be emotionally "sound", you must have ample REM sleep. That have to have those few hours per night to achieve REM. Those who go without are notably impared the next day. So in a nut shell, sleep is important for your own well being.

Hey, I'm not pulling your sleepy legs here! LOL....My professor told me so!!
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