Laura Gaynor

Student Gaynor needs to get into the routine of getting to bed earlier

Irish Times Sleep Challenge - Laura Week 2



Dr John Faul is a respiratory physician and sleep specialist at the Hermitage Medical Clinic. During the Sleep Challenge he will be providing practical input on how people can improve their sleep.

Dr Faul comments:  A fantastic response to changing your routine.  People in their late teens and early twenties have a desire to delay going to bed and this is a pattern in all cultures - the cause of which is uncertain.  Unfortunately this is the time of one's life when many peak performance achievements are most likely to occur.  Mathematicians, artists, and athletes peak in their late teens and early twenties.  Professional athletes and elite academics tend to be disciplined enough to get early bedtime in these fertile years and the quality of their performance is a reflection of their strong sleep patterns.  Ironically it appears to be against a natural inclination to go to bed earlier and achieve long sleep times, but the results are worthwhile. 



Feb 6-7

Time to sleep 00:00 hrs

Sleep onset 00:15

Sleep duration 08:12 hrs

Unscored sections 00:15 hrs

Final awakening 09:32

Sleep efficiency 91 %


Feb 7-8

Time to sleep 00:28 hrs

Sleep onset 00:43

Sleep duration 07:06 hrs

Unscored sections 00:06 hrs

Final awakening 08:55

Sleep efficiency 88 %


Feb 8-9

Time to sleep 00:28 hrs

Sleep onset 00:43

Sleep duration 07:06 hrs

Unscored sections 00:06 hrs

Final awakening 08:55

Sleep efficiency 88 %


Feb 9-10

Time to sleep 00:28 hrs

Sleep onset 23:52

Sleep duration 07:19 hrs

Unscored sections 00:06 hrs

Final awakening 08:16

Sleep efficiency 88 %


Feb 10-11

Time to sleep 00:11 hrs

Sleep onset 00:02

Sleep duration 07:23 hrs

Unscored sections 00:10 hrs

Final awakening 08:45

Sleep efficiency 86 %


Feb 11-12

Time to sleep 00:07 hrs

Sleep onset 22:54

Sleep duration 07:13 hrs

Unscored sections 00:07 hrs

Final awakening 08:22

Sleep efficiency 77 %


Feb 12-13

Time to sleep 00:51 hrs

Sleep onset 23:47

Sleep duration 07:05 hrs

Unscored sections 00:08 hrs

Final awakening 07:25

Sleep efficiency 94 %

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