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#1    Miss Shadows

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

First of all, I am in no way seeking advice or suggestions that might prompt or influence medical decisions on my part. I just want to see if anyone has any insights on what this might be, or if they've heard of/seen anything similar. If it is something medical, it could be genetic, seeing as there are at least 2 other family members I know that have had this same thing.

I have an uncle and a deceased grandmother, both on the same side of the family, who don't/didn't sleep more than 4 hours a night, and basically won't/wouldn't eat more than let's say half a plate of pasta, or 8 handfuls of chips in an entire day. Assuming they're/they were just going about their typical day to day things, this was just their 'norm', versus something religious or health-related in choice, etc. I'm the exact same way. If I'm just doing college/work/typical life, I won't sleep more than 5 hours, and I'm set on a bowl of oatmeal, or a couple hardboiled eggs for the entire day.

I know that's pretty abnormal, and I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what that might be, whether it's health related or not.

PS for what it's worth, my grandma, uncle, and I are of varying ages, heights and weights. I'm in relatively good health currently, except for minor cancer and compromised lungs.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:55 AM

I'm kinda the opposite: I get at least ten and sometimes up to twelve hours of solid sleep every night, and never have any problem dozing off (such as on an airplane).  People tell me sleeping so much is unhealthy, but I just kinda assume that is the way I am.  My opinion is that we are all different in many ways.

Since I'm diabetic my diet is another matter and carefully controlled.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:02 AM

It's nothing abnormal, some athletes live of four hours of sleep a night.  I did it for years, once your body adjusts it's very easy.  I've also live'd on two meals a day, and other time's I've been eaten like four lol.  It's all about adjustment, if your body adjusts to your lifestyle and your healthy, there is nothing wrong.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

I love my sleep, 4 hours and I'd be dead. Though as a late teen I could do it most nights (busy dancing).

They were actually talking about this on the radio the other day and said people like Donald Trump etc all record only needing 4 hrs of sleep a day. They had quite a few callers ringing in saying they too had trained themselves to do it.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:14 PM

View PostHeartsAreForBreaking, on 30 April 2013 - 06:59 AM, said:

First of all, I am in no way seeking advice or suggestions that might prompt or influence medical decisions on my part. I just want to see if anyone has any insights on what this might be, or if they've heard of/seen anything similar. If it is something medical, it could be genetic, seeing as there are at least 2 other family members I know that have had this same thing.

I have an uncle and a deceased grandmother, both on the same side of the family, who don't/didn't sleep more than 4 hours a night, and basically won't/wouldn't eat more than let's say half a plate of pasta, or 8 handfuls of chips in an entire day. Assuming they're/they were just going about their typical day to day things, this was just their 'norm', versus something religious or health-related in choice, etc. I'm the exact same way. If I'm just doing college/work/typical life, I won't sleep more than 5 hours, and I'm set on a bowl of oatmeal, or a couple hardboiled eggs for the entire day.

I know that's pretty abnormal, and I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what that might be, whether it's health related or not.

PS for what it's worth, my grandma, uncle, and I are of varying ages, heights and weights. I'm in relatively good health currently, except for minor cancer and compromised lungs.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:57 PM

I personally sleep only 4 hours a night, sometimes 5 hours although I never sleep longer than an hour at any time, then I am awake for from about 15mins to a couple of hours before I eventually fall back off again and the process is repeated.. God knows how my lovely wife has lived with this.

I can also go the whole day before I think that I need something to eat, but I do need my morning coffee.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:59 AM

X, do you wake your wife? Maybe she just sleeps through it now.

I'd be dead on your sleep routine lol.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:37 AM

View PostTia, on 01 May 2013 - 08:59 AM, said:

X, do you wake your wife? Maybe she just sleeps through it now.

I'd be dead on your sleep routine lol.

T, sometimes I wake her up but only when I am restless and trying to fall back to sleep but she is used to me now after 25yrs together.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

With the sleep thing aside which can be quite normal (each individuals needs are different), the food situation is strange.

Two hard boiled eggs and a bowl of oatmeal would be a very very low calorie diet if this is the standard every day.  Probably 500 calories at most, assuming it was a big bowl of oatmeal.

Although 500 calories a day every now and again wouldn't cause problems for most, if most people followed that every day they would end up extremely underweight and quite ill after long enough.  500 calories a day and less is the kind of calories an anorexic person would eat, and eventually they usually lose hair and their periods would stop.

Do you feel ok with eating so few calories?  Do you have enough energy and not too underweight?


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:44 PM

View PostHeartsAreForBreaking, on 30 April 2013 - 06:59 AM, said:

I won't sleep more than 5 hours, .

4 hours sleep while on the low side is probably ok so long as you aren't falling asleep during the day. Your body will tell you if you need more sleep

View PostHeartsAreForBreaking, on 30 April 2013 - 06:59 AM, said:

I'm set on a bowl of oatmeal, or a couple hardboiled eggs for the entire day.

I know that's pretty abnormal, and I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what that might be, whether it's health related or not.

*snip*  I'm in relatively good health currently, except for minor cancer and compromised lungs.

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I think you need to be assessed IRL by a nutritionist. Oatmeal and hardboiled eggs while not bad for you certainly do not offer you the nutrition that you require to keep your body healthy.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 01:40 PM

I'm the same way about food. Last night for dinner I had a plum and about an ounce of cheese. If I didn't cook for my husband I wouldn't bother at all. Even then I only take a couple of bites while preparing a meal. It used to worry him, but I've been eating like that most of my life. Fortunately, I do really like to cook and he likes to eat even though he is skinny as a rail. Most of the calories I consume are from fruit juices, milk or other liquids.

Dotty, I went to a nutritionist once and he gave me a recommended diet of about eight times what I could actually eat. I didn't even bother trying to follow it. I would have felt like a beached whale. :lol:


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:44 PM

lol@Michelle If only he included peach schnapps on the menu plan :P

I would mostly agree with you that it should be no problem except for the following statement that she made

View PostHeartsAreForBreaking, on 30 April 2013 - 06:59 AM, said:

I'm in relatively good health currently, except for minor cancer and compromised lungs.

That tells me that she should be making a point of eating healthy, healing foods because oatmeal and boiled eggs aren't going to cut it

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:58 PM

I never have a full nights sleep. Always go to sleep for about 2 hours, up for an hour, get a cup of coffee and then back to sleep for around 4. Yep, coffee, it makes me relax!

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

Woahhh, wait a minute, I was obviously a bit unclear. The eggs and oatmeal thing was an example, not by any means a whole overview of my diet. I like seafood, vegetables and fruits, grains. I've never been to a dietician before, and I've never really had reason to be concerned. I'm approximately 5'2 and about 100 or 105 pounds. I'm slender but curvy, and in the past when I have talked to doctors about what I eat, I've always gotten good remarks in medical opinions. Whether it's protein, carbs, fiber, sugars, vitamins etc, or any combination, the thing I was calling into question was the quantity. My weight is fine, and I've spoken to more than one doctor about aspects of what caused the cancer, as well as how to recover. The former has had nothing to do with my diet in the first place, and the latter hasn't been inhibited by it. Really I just find it strange how little I need to eat, but it's never been a health issue. My energy levels are great and there's nothing else I can really see from it.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:03 PM

View PostDaughter of the Nine Moons, on 03 May 2013 - 07:44 PM, said:

lol@Michelle If only he included peach schnapps on the menu plan :P

I see you focused on the "other liquids". I do like a White Russian before bed and it does have milk. :innocent: :P

But seriously, I've always had a small appetite and a very active life. If her doctors don't find anything off, there isn't any reason to worry is there? You just wanted to know how weird it is didn't you, HRFB? It's not so weird at all...





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