4 months, 3 weeks ago user_de_skedpalParticipant
I’ve been trying various ways to schedule sleep, but nothing seems to work quite right. I have a TimeMap called sleep, which is available from 8:30 PM to 6:30 AM. What I would like is for Skedpal to pick the best hours of these for sleep depending on the day (meetings, workouts, projects at night, etc). What’s the best way to do this?4 months, 2 weeks ago SethParticipant
My apologies for the late response…
I assume your goal in scheduling sleep is to ensure you get the minimum sleep time you need each night; right?
My personal approach is to fix the hours of sleep. Sleep is a biological process that works best when it’s done at fixed times. This way, your biological clock assists you with much better quality sleep. It’s worth mentioning that the quality of sleep is probably more important than the quantity of it.
Having said that, let me answer your question anyway:
This involves two elements: a recurring task and a Time Map.
The Time Map should include the earliest hour you want to go to bed and the earliest hour that you’re willing to get up in the morning. In other words, it should be inclusive of all possible times. So, it should end up longer than the total sleep duration.
Now, you need a daily task with a duration of your sleep and (I recommend) a minimum block length of 1.5 hours. This task will split between 12:00 AM to early morning and late evening to midnight for each day.4 months, 1 week ago user_de_skedpalParticipant
Thank you for your reply.
First, I will explain the value and reason why I would want to add sleep as a dynamic task. While fixed hours of sleep would be ideal, sometimes I have work obligations and other functions that require me to get up earlier in the morning than other times, and therefore should be going to sleep earlier than on other days. So the advantage of having a task for sleep would be that it can pre-determine when I need to wake up, and trackback to when I need to go to sleep. Of course, I can do this manually, but nice to have it taken care of.
Regarding the implementation, I will try what you recommended. However, I believe this solution might not correctly work because Skedpal seems to track the timeblock for daily tasks based off calendar days. If that is correct, then it will try to match the time on one calendar day, not the time I spent from say 10 PM to 6 AM. Please correct me if I am wrong about this. Thanks again for the great tool!4 months, 1 week ago SethParticipant
You’re right, it’s based on the calendar day. However, SkedPal will make sure that your minimum sleep time is maintained based on the hours of same-day early morning and evening. In other words, although your sleep starts from night and ends in next day morning, the calculation of total time is based on the same day morning and night. That should still work. But, you’re in a better position to try it and see if it works for you.
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