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I don't have a study, although one could be arranged, with some doing. We'd have to rearrange.
My other half is a very sound sleeper, so I don't mind being in the same room as long as I have something to do. Reading is fine if I'm in the right mood to curl up with a book, but I've grown finicky as to what I'll read as I've gotten older for some reason. I'm less easily impressed maybe, and not great at tracking down impressive works.
After being "switched on" all day (ie. coding, cooking, shopping, playing games, making plans for the coming weeks etc.) I generally reserve the evenings for "shutting down" time. This means switching off most stimulating things and cracking on some mindless TV or a background movie, then an hour or so before going to bed I'll crack open YT on my iPad and watch some really mindless videos 'til it's time to call it a night!
I tend to find without having the time to properly wind down I can end up going to sleep thinking about too much (whether it's work-related or just thinking about future plans) and in those situations I can end up being awake at 4am It's really important to draw that line at some point in the day where you can commit to shutting down the laptop/computer.
Edit Should note that my wife generally goes to bed about 4 hours before I do. With her being in the bedroom it gives me that freedom to mess around and watch stuff.
I'm glad you found something that works for you. That's not my issue though. In my case, my sleep condition is a comorbid symptom of something I've got going on between my ears. It's neurological and not fixable, so I am learning to live with it, but the biggest challenge for me is what to do with all the empty space.
but the biggest challenge for me is what to do with all the empty space
I've noticed that when the brain is to tired to do actual work, there's still enough energy to fill it with knowledge.
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There's nothing wrong with not needing much sleep. Up to about 15 years ago, I needed only 6 hours sleep a night, so I spent those extra hours reading whatever I didn't have time for during the day.
I would suggest that you find something (other than work) to fill in the time. This could be studying a subject (plenty of stuff is available online), craftmanship (the quiet kinds, such as knitting or jewelry making), or anything else that takes your fancy.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
I'm at a point in my life where no matter how much time I spend in bed, I'm pretty much always tired anyway. And I cannot simply stay in bed, say on weekends, for X amount of additional time, no matter how hard I try.
"They" keep saying 8 hours a day as the standard recommendation for an adult...and while I can stay in bed for 8 hours, there's no way I ever get 8 hours of actual sleep during that time period.
I think I got off on a tangent...what do I do with my time at midnight? During weekdays, I'm sleeping (or trying to). On weekends...I might still be playing some game or watching a movie...but if I'm still up at that time, it won't be for much longer anyway.
Back in my college days (middle 70's) I went to a friends birthday party. Being the innocent I was back then, I ate a number of brownies snacks they had until someone told me they had hash in them. I immediately went back to the dorm, went to bed (about 10pm) and woke up at 5pm the next day!!! Maybe a magic brownie or two may help you sleep!.
On a more serious note, have you tried meditation? I can waste a good hour or more meditating.
When I end up in a similar situation (albeit less "burned on coding" and more "brain still in overdrive from coding"), I grab my kindle. My girlfriend doesn't mind me reading at low brightness. When that doesn't help, I get up and do something explicitly passive, i.e. watching infotainment with headphones.
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