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Sleeping hours

Hey everyone

Would u mind to share ur sleeping hours ?

As IB students are completely full with tons of assignments.

Mine only 4 hours.

2 hours before will probably be my time for socializing on internet

Btw how much time would u spend to socialize ?

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4 hours is crazy!! I'm just going into my year 2 of IB, and I realised that if I want to do well, I need to start getting a lot more sleep! Last year, I was getting about 6 hours a night, and I felt crap pretty much everyday, and had no motivation to do my schoolwork. Over the summer, when i had a chance to sleep in, I started getting about 9 hours a night, and it didn't just make me feel better, but I noticed when I was studying and doing schoolwork that my mind just worked much faster, and I remembered things better too! I think even if you have to spend less time studying as a result, the extra sleep will actually cause you to learn things better to enough of an extent that it's worth losing that study time! 8 hours sleep at least!!

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Last term (first term, year 1) I slept when I had time. I am very good at finishing things before I go to bed, so certain nights could end up being 20 minutes before school, and then I would sleep one or two cycles after school. (1.5h to 3h)

However, now during the winterbreak I decided to solve this problem by trying out polyphasic sleep.

The most famous (and hardest) polyphasic sleep schedule is 2 hours a day over 6 naps. I have read about many college students that have done this with success. People on this schedule have regret that they quit it after they first mastered it. The 6 naps has to be at the same time EVERY DAY, which makes it really hard to socialize. This has to do with the circadian rhythm in your body, which is essential to be used at "maximum effiecieny" for this sleep schedule to work. I have never tried this schedule ("Uberman", by the way), but I will be sure to try it out at college if my schedule allows it. Crazy sleep schedules like this does however require an extremely hard adaption period - during this period you will feel like **** the first 1-2 weeks before your body adapts to the schedule.

The schedule I tried is called "Dual Core 1", which consists of 2 core sleeps and a nap in the day. For me, this would be:

23:00-02:30 (3.5h)

04:30-06:00 (1.5h)

20 minute nap in lunch.

I walked pretty sleep deprived as this schedule also requires adaption in terms of becoming a successful napper (after such an adaption, you will be able to fall asleep in the matter of seconds). I quit this schedule and went over to "Segmented sleep".

My segmented sleep schedule is two 3.5h core naps. Example:

22:30 - 02:00

04:30 - 08:00

I hate waking up late, so I tend to push this earlier and only stay awake at night for two hours.

Those two hours (I live at a boarding school) are legendary. I get so much **** done.

I feel much more rested, and previous problems falling asleep is now gone.

When you go to bed the same time every day, you will always start to become tired at that same time every day = less time wasted in bed trying to fall asleep.

A few things had to go though:

* I can't stay up late at night, or if I do, I will need a day to recover properly (I usually do this by sleeping a few 1.5h and 20 minute naps).

* I can't drink coffee when Im going to work on my lovely overnight physics IAs.

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On good days I slept 8.5 hours, on days when I have an IA due tomorrow, I sleep 8 hours. Usually because I'll print my IA, then I'd realise I made a mistake, and then have to print it and check it again.

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Any IB student who gets less than 5 hours of sleep at night is not working productively and efficiently, or procrastinates so much that they start their assignments at like midnight. There's no reason to not be able to get at least 6 hours a night, or even more. When I was in the IB I got at least 6 every night, usually closer to 7 hours each night. Even in university now studying a hard subject I still get at least 7 hours a night, sometimes even 8 or 9.

The best way to get assignments done is to work at a time where you are most productive. Your body typically has a time where you are the most focused, most driven, and can get more done. Whatever that time is (unless it's like 4am when you should be sleeping), that is when you should be doing the majority of your work and any difficult assignment. You'll find that you get more accomplished during your "optimal work" stage.

In addition, I've found that working in small chunks is a nice way to break up large workloads. You might have heard about things like the pomodoro technique (work for 15 minutes, take a 5 minute break, repeat this 3 more times, but on the fourth break take a 15 minute break) or other similar methods, you should just find things that work for you. I typically work for about a half hour or 45 minutes before I get distracted or need a break, so I'll go do something else for a couple of minutes to refresh. If I finish an assignment typically I take a longer break, but not so long I lose motivation to do my work. I also like to write out a list of all my homework assignments and as I finish them, I cross them off, because crossing off an assignment feels great and seeing lots of crossmarks is really motivational. Find a method that works for you, and you're set.

For other assignments, break them up. Oftentimes you'll get an assignment and you'll get a few days to work on it, which is nice because you'll have many other subjects giving out work as well. Do them in small chunks. If you have a break between classes or something, read a chapter of the book you have to read for class or do a math problem or two or start a homework assignment. Doing work in these little breaks adds up and you can get a lot done without even realizing it.

Also don't go on facebook or whatever until your homework is done if you keep getting distracted by it. You'll never get anything done. Save it for when you finish your work, kind of like an incentive to get things done. Think of it like "If I finish reading my 4 chapters for history tonight and finish my homework, I will go on facebook for an hour."

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I generally average around 7-8 hours on weekdays (usually tilting towards that 7h mark...) and 9-10 hours on weekends. I've come to realize that I simply can't get anything done past midnight, but I'm usually finished by then anyway. Still have quite a bit of free time on most days, easily a few hours a day to mess about and procrastinate.

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Hey everyone

Would u mind to share ur sleeping hours ?

As IB students are completely full with tons of assignments.

Mine only 4 hours.

2 hours before will probably be my time for socializing on internet

Btw how much time would u spend to socialize ?

4 hours and you're in your first year of the IB?! Don't over stress. Relax and work on time. Have a proper schedule and you'll do good. I sleep for around 6.5 hours a night.

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Woa! Those sleeping times in this topic are pretty insane! Sleeping less that 7 hours will only decrease efficiency and ruin your body.

I usually sleep ~7 hours pretty much always, ~8 before an exam.

Seriously, people currently in IB1 with very bad sleeping habits, get your sleeping times fixed.

For "me" time, probably 1-2 hours on heavy-workload days, 2-5 hours on free days. (which come rarely)

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Im at my 2nd year of IB and I go to bed at 10. Need to get enough zzzzs if you want to pass the IB!

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Throughout both years, average of about 7.5, mostly because I rest up on the weekends, otherwise it's more like an average of 7 hours

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I sleep for 8-9 hours and on weekends it is 10 hours. Sleep is so underrated and I feel more rested and motivated when I sleep. Also after school I try to calm myself down by sleeping for 1/2 hour.

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I usually get about 6-7 hours of sleep, depending on how much work I have to finish. I think we need to consider the fact that everyone's schedules are different. For example, I don't live very close to school so I only get home at 5, and that's if I'm lucky. Most days it's closer to 5:30. And I tend to function best between 7-ish to about 11, so when it's darker and at night, you know? So I sleep at about 11. I think 6-7 hours is probably enough to function although I'm aware that more sleep = better performance.

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Never understood the necessity to sacrifice sleep to get work done. You should be able to finish all assignments, have time to play sport/socialize and still get 8 hours of sleep nightly. I cannot focus, study or retain any information without 8 hours of sleep, I simply feel terrible.

Everyone has a different situation and should organize their schedule accordingly of course, but there is always a solution and certainly 4 hours is insufficient.

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On weekdays I usually get between 8/9 hours sleep. It is more effective when it comes to studying and learning the next day. However, I do keep on top of CAS and work. It is important to put some social activities to one side when it comes to the IB.

my plan is usually

weekdays- go home or have CAS activity (sport etc) do all set homework if there is an assessment/project do a little bit at a time

friday night- no work do something with friends

saturday- full work day to do project, any incomplete homework from the past week

sunday- half work day & relax

^ I'm in my first year and this plan really works

ALSO: use your study blocks to 'rush' incomplete work from the previous night!

HL

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SL

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Spanish AB: 5

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During IB, I got about 6-7 hours of sleep. Now, I've become much lazier! And, as mentioned by quite a few people above, I think that if you can organise your time well, you should be able to get at least 6 hours of sleep, and I know many of my friends got more (though some got less too!). Time management is critical - not only do you need to make a good schedule, but it's got to be something you can personally stick to - which varies from person to person. Though I have to say my perspective is skewed by the fact that I didn't allocate very much time to 'socialising' in the IB. :)

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