Originally Posted by Scott Bird
Quick question : how are you setting the alarm (determining the time)? I usually allow 15 minutes or so to fall asleep (depending on how tired I feel), and set the alarm for 80 minutes (or 4.5 hours) + 15 minutes. I often wake up just before it sounds, and these are the days on which I have the clearest dream recall.
I usually allow 15 minutes as well, and that seems to be pretty accurate. It's day 9 now and I'm still waking up really tired from my naps. I'm going to give it till the end of the week before I start adjusting things though.
Do you have any tips for getting a better grasp on your REM cycle times? I was a little baffled today, because I took my nap, and woke up 70 minutes later feeling refreshed and alert.
Instead of getting up, I decided to sleep the extra 20 minutes, and when I woke up I think I was in the middle of my REM sleep because I had that ultra groggy/tired feeling.
Is it possible that my cycle is really only 70 minutes long? How can I get a better handle on this?