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  1. Lately (past couple weeks; not usual) I wake up at 10a and go to sleep around 2a every day (not optimal) simply because just as you say, yes I do go out late on weekends and was confronted by the exact conundrum you describe. For the past 3+ months, I was going to sleep at 12-1a and waking at 8a five days a week, but then on Friday and Saturday night I’d sleep from 3am to 10am — Really caused a lot of fatigue, so now I’m not going out quite as late, and I’m waking at same time daily… Focusing primarily on weight training probably for another month or two or until habituation. Changing it to sleeping 1-9a now though. Definitely very notably less tired in general when I wake up at the same time every single day though, so even 2-10a works fine — but it’s probably better being asleep from 1-3 rather than just 2-3 of the 1-3am sweet spot. I might also try limiting blue light + not looking at screens after 8 PM, if that’ll even be possible 😂
  2. I’m sort of out of the loop on this kind of research now but from what I remember back in my narcolepsy diagnosis days was that normal sleep cycles go like this: Periodically cycling between light, REM, and deep sleep, entering the first REM cycle 10-60 minutes in (narcoleptics entering it immediately upon sleep, hence the hallucinations, and also cataplexy since REM paralyzes muscles so you don’t act out your dreams with your physical sleeping body thus waking it up), not entering the first deep sleep cycle until just under ~4hrs into sleep, that (deep sleep) cycle ending just ~10-15min later at about 4 hours flat — which is why ~4 hours is the absolute minimum anyone can live on; and the sleep dose that one will generally gravitate toward when meditating 100% of waking hours on retreat— the first deep sleep cycle, deep sleep being an essential part of sleep, doesn’t occur until just before the 4 hour mark — after which, the sleeper cycles between light, REM, and deep in increasingly long cycles. And while all that was correct, this one sentence here may not be 100% correct, but I definitely learned it somehow: Eventually, over the course of the night, once the individual’s sleep needs have been exceeded, if sleep continues, it’s pretty much just REM and light (stage 2, I believe) sleep, and no more deep sleep. Some people do best with biphasic sleep. Sleeping 4+ hours for one phase, and 2-5 hours for the other — possibly with just a short break of 1-4 hours between the two daily sleep phases; it doesn’t have to be two equally spaced sleep blocks like 1-5am and 1-5pm… It can be something like this: sleep 7-11pm, wake and get work done, read, meditate, or whatever from 11pm until a little before 1 AM (to wind down and then actually be asleep at 1 AM, not just in bed), then sleep 1-4:30am for 7.5 total hours (probably optimal for most people), or 1-6am for 9 total hours (only ever necessary if doing intense exercise), or 1-3am for 6 total hours, still making sure to be asleep between 1 AM and 3 AM (more on that later) — that trial allows for testing whether biphasic sleep is right for you, and it has all the sleep hours in dark hours, which is best for sleep quality. I would certainly surmise that the benefits of biphasic sleep are probably negated, at least to some degree, when one of the phases is done in the middle of daylight hours… The most important time to be asleep, due to hormones and circadian rhythm, is 1-3AM. The time you go to sleep can vary depending on sleep needs — 4-9hr/day for nearly everyone, but many if not most people do best on about 7.5hrs assuming no high intensity exercise, but with high intensity exercise the sleep needs for optimal health and fitness are usually about 1 additional hour per day — But the time you wake up should be the same every day to minimize daytime sleepiness. The variable that you change should be bed time, not wake time. You want to train your body to rise at the same time daily — it seems to help with energy. You want to time it such that you are always asleep by 1AM, though just getting to sleep well before 3AM, while suboptimal, is miles better than getting to sleep after 3, since the hours of 1-3 AM are the highest bang-for-your-buck sleep hours. For instance, wake up at 8 AM daily, and go to sleep at 12:30-12:50 if sleep needs are not very high, but if doing high volume exercise etc you may want to go to sleep as early as 11 PM; there is rarely if ever any benefit to exceeding 9 hours in one day. A poor night’s rest will affect the next 3 days, so your sleep debt is primarily based upon your past 3 nights sleep. This is why athletes often notice that a poor nights sleep doesn’t affect the next day any more than it affects the day after the next, and also that if you get, say, 8-9 hours for 3 days in a row, getting one day of only 4-5 hours might not affect you that negatively, as long as it’s just one day…. But even ONE night of sleeping significantly less than 4 hours can cause an accumulation the following day of some degree of (possibly permanent) damage and fatigue, because you literally completely skipped getting ANY deep sleep, when coming up ahead is an entire day’s worth of brain and body function… Certainly try to be asleep by 1 AM if you want to maximize your total effective sleep quality.
  3. Beef, Greek yogurt, dairy
  4. Well, yeah. Death is un-fearable. But of course all fear is the fear of death. That’s why all fear is empty.
  5. Bringing body temp down is usually not a good thing. Alcohol at night will lower your body temp the next day though.
  6. It’s perhaps because you feel it might be out of the realm of possibility. I used to have kind of the same thing, not in a problematic sense, but it was like it was infinitely more likely to be ON with a 7 than a 9.5. Now if anything it’s more likely for it to be ON with a 9.5, because I no longer harbor thoughts of not being good enough for a woman, no matter how hot she is. I get complements like “I love how sexual you are” with women that I once would have never gotten hard for because the idea of it being ON with them would have been outside of the realm of possibility.
  7. Not if every time you had sex with a girl you got soaked from her squirting all over you, screaming. And every time, you break their personal record for greatest number of orgasms in a session, by a lot. Etc. You will not be worried about the size of your dick for a second when that is the case.
  8. It baffles me. Everything else about Owen screams the dude is just about as bad as it gets at game.
  9. It sounds like you misunderstood. “Flatness” in any nondual spiritual context would merely refer to distance and separation being illusory.
  10. Talk only to the girl you like and ignore the others. This usually will not work but quite often it does and in that case you saved a ton of work. If it doesn’t then apologize and introduce yourself to the rest as needed — it will be clear at that point that you like the one particular girl. Isolate the girl and deal with objections from her friends as needed in a patient and fun way. Always address noncompliance with a glance and/or vibe and/or words that confidently (and playfully) convey something to the tune of “Why you being weird?” Just an unwavering straight line to your goal, as if you had narcissistic personality disorder; as if you were unable to even conceive of the idea that the girl doesn’t want to sleep with you. Before you get the hang of it, it seems pretty fucking weird, but that is indeed what gets you laid.
  11. This is fine. But if you don’t want them to misinterpret it as nice guy behavior, just be sure to speak with no filter; tease; talk to them like you’re talking to a guy, but with flirtation if they’re an interest.
  12. Go to Jason Blaha’s channel. He is the most successful coach I’ve ever seen at getting skinny people as big and and strong as possible, without “special supplements.” Very scientifically minded too — Always updating his methods based upon the results he gets with his clients. Basically if you are a male client of his, one way or another your deadlift will eventually exceed 500 lb. Same goes for women, but with a 315 lb deadlift. Btw, lifting makes you bigger if you are underweight. It only makes you smaller if you’re overweight.
  13. If you lose weight without gaining or at least preserving muscle mass, you will gain it all back. At the very least, it will be a struggle to keep it off. Might as well not do that, when the solution is so simple. Focus on barbell training; you will struggle to keep weight on once you’ve built 5 lb of muscle (on an effective program this takes about 20 weeks for women and 10 weeks for men). Muscle is incredibly calorically wasteful. And not for the reason many dieticians and nutritionists seem to think — rather, it’s kind of like how a high-performance car engine with huge cylinders and high power output has horrible gas mileage… it’s not because more muscle increases your BMR (even though it will do that as well)… +10 lb of muscle will only increase your BMR to such an extent that you’ll burn an extra mere 60 kcals a day due to the BMR increase alone… a rounding error. And yet… it will nonetheless increase your daily caloric needs by 500-1200 kcals… or even FAR more, depending on your activity level… Particularly if the muscle mass was added uniformly throughout your entire body, particularly the lower body. And it’s not even because of the extra weight — The car engine analogy is the best explanation for the actual reason behind this phenomenon that all experienced lifters eventually notice. High-performance muscle mass is extremely costly to maintain, calorically speaking. Dieting for fat loss, without paying at least as much attention to building muscle, is simply a huge misunderstanding, and certainly a waste of time. Consuming less than 80-120g protein a day is also a huge impediment to fat loss. Even if you just maintained your muscle mass on a diet (requires barbell training or at least some fitness knowledge to do this with any regularity), you’d be many times more likely to keep the fat off than if you just dieted, and relatively speaking, you wouldn’t even have to try. Don’t waste your effort and time. Life is short.