Hi, I’ve been having major troubles with WBTB lately, I’m trying to find a good time to wake up in order to go back to bed effectively. Usually what happens is that when my alarm goes off for WBTB I end up not being able to fall asleep, despite feeling extreme fatigue and being rather relaxed, and not moving very much. Any help and suggestions would be great, thanks!
Usually WBTB is best after 4 or 5 sleep cycles ( a sleep cycle is 1 hour 1/2 ). I, personnaly do it after 3 cycles ( about 4 hours 1/2 ), so I am still tired.
If you really have trouble falling back asleep, maybe wake up after only 3 hours of sleep… That should do it.
hmm, I’ve tried it after 5-7 hours of sleep so far.
If I stay up for a long period of time (i.e. thirty minutes or more), I have trouble getting back to sleep. WBTB is thus difficult for me, at least the way most people do it. I find it better to wake up for a brief period of time.
I usually go to bed at 10:30 or 11:00 and set my alarm for 2:30 or 3:00. I stay up for about fifteen miniutes, either reading and/or thinking about LD’ing, or use a dream enhancing substance or food. If you have trouble getting back to sleep, reading is a good activity, seeing as it makes you tired. As for lucid foods, try dairy or a banana, becuase they have tryptophan, which makes you tired.
I’ll try wakin up at 3 and let you guys know what happens, thanks!
When I first tried WBTB I woke up at 6:00 am, but couldn’t get back to sleep. So I moved it back to 3:00 am.
Later I found I was too tired at 3:00, so currently I wake up at 5:00am.
I think its good to try different times and find out what works best for you.
When I try WBTB, I never get out of bed except to check the time. If I stay up for an hour (like it is recommended somewhere), it’s harder for me to fall back asleep.
Like MMN said, I also feel that one hour is just too long. I think that 15 minutes is fine, probably less would work too, plus I usually get around eight hours sleep beforehand, but thats just me. You should experiment and find what works for you