Food and sleep are two of the basic inputs of my life. Soylent solves the food problem. Now, what can I do to solve the sleep problem? The ideal solution would be a button I could push to make myself fall asleep immediately, and not feel any more tired than usual in the morning.
The problem I have is that I tend to naturally gravitate towards a sleep schedule of going to sleep around sunrise and waking up around sunset. This is sadly impossible to reconcile with school or work. What technology or technique can keep me on the right sleep schedule?
Sleeping pills have two problems. First, they make you sleepy. Taking sleeping pills has always backfired on me. I wake up 14 hours later, arms and legs feeling like jelly, having slept right through my alarm without even being slightly disturbed. Second, taking sleeping pills when you are wide awake can have a really bad effect. Twice I took sleeping pills when I didn’t feel naturally tired and both times it was like having a high fever. I was delirious, and stuck in a hellish state of not being able to fall asleep but at the same time straining to move or keep my eyes open. (It could have been my body reacting badly to a certain drug, but I don’t want to try that experiment again.)
Melatonin is great. I’ve been using it regularly for years. It’s mild, which means it only makes you a little sleepier in the morning. It’s dangerous to take if you don’t expect a full night’s rest because it will be really hard to get up. But if you sleep for 8+ hours you’ll just feel a bit groggy, maybe. It also won’t put you into a state of delirium and quasi-paralysis. Melatonin’s shortcoming is that it’s mild, so if you’re not already naturally sleepy, it won’t make you sleepy. All it does is help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
Solving the problem of food has been such a boost to my life. It has drawn my attention to the problem of sleep. A lot of the day-to-day grief in my life is due to sleep. It seems like I’m always either going through my day sleep deprived and overtired or sleeping in and missing class. Sleep is a cycle so the problem is self-perpetuating. Every once in a while I’ll stay up all night and all day to reset my sleep schedule, but it never feels like long before I’m back to square one.
What is the closest approximation to Soylent in the domain of sleep? Soylent is to food as what is to sleep?