I’ve been dabbling with my own sleep cycle and trying to find out why I’m always waking up tired. I looked up a circadian rhythm calculator and based on my wake up time of 6am, I should be going to bed at certain times. I’m a night owl so I usually would go to bed around 1am, giving me 3 full sleep cycles.
I tried that last week and I woke up every day feeling pretty good overall, but I noticed when going to the gym or doing anything after work, I felt tired and disinterested due to lack of sleep.
So this week I decided to get extra sleep and see how I feel, but not within my circadian rhythm. I woke up this morning feeling the most tired I’ve been in a long time and that’s with nearly 2 hours extra of sleep.
So how does it work, and which is more important for feeling well rested if I had to choose only one? Within the rhythm or more hours slept?