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Posted by Todd ( on January 19, 2000 at 16:23:20:

In Reply to: Todd posted by Q on January 19, 2000 at 00:20:27:

Yes, I certainly do get the mid-sleep attacks. But I'm not sure why you asked this.

My points were that napping at various times of the day, as the article suggested, is difficult or impossible for people who have 'normal' jobs, rather than sailing solo around the world. Granted, I/we may be able to 'nap' in 1 1/2 hour increments during the night, but that would hardly provide most people with enough rest to perform satisfactorily at work. Remember, the sailors are napping several times a day...not just a couple of back to back naps.

I also asked for your thoughts regarding the REM sleep deprivation which the article said was one effect of frequent short naps.

Then I asked what you thought about the correlation between the stress of CH and the doctor's comment in the article that periods of high stress increased the sleep requirement.

Finally, I expressed interest in the magnesium deficiency aspect and wondered if there might be something there of possible help to ch'rs.

Having now read your reply three times, I'm still missing your comments on these points. You said that "A person's natural sleep requirement has nothing to do with the person's ability to fit that into the lifestyle. There is a great deal of stress involved in forcing the natural requirement into a standard lifestyle if they are really different. I believe the point is that the healthy lifestyle should conform to the body's requirement, or suffer the consequences."
Okay, let's accept that for purposes of discussion. Since my job is a requirement for my continued shelter, food, clothing and medical treatment, HOW do I adjust my lifestyle to fit my 'natural sleep requirements'? Or must I just 'suffer the consequences'? If the latter, I humbly suggest that a 'solution' which is impossible to implement is hardly a solution at all.

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