Seth Roberts

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"Reading Seth Roberts Puts Me to Sleep"

Delaying or skipping breakfast improves sleep.

Posted Feb 20, 2011

"Reading Seth Roberts Puts Me to Sleep" is the charming title of this post by Adam Stoffa. Actually, reading me keeps him asleep. Adam read my long self-experimentation paper and came across my discovery that skipping breakfast reduced early awakening. He had early awakening:

I would wake up sometime between 0400 and 0430. Six hours of sleep was not good. This was a problem that needed my attention.

Like me, he was eating breakfast around 7 am and waking up three hours earlier. He ate a big breakfast. He decided to make breakfast later rather than skip it.

I started experimenting with a late breakfast in August. I was traveling through multiple time zones at the time. So I had no idea whether it was working. But by the time I got back to Korea, eating a late breakfast was becoming a habit.

After recovering from my jet lag, I noticed that the experiment was working. Now, I wake up and get out of bed between 0600 and 0615. Sometimes, I still wake up in the middle of the night, but after a quick bathroom break, I'm right back to sleep. I get to work at 0800. After working for an hour, I take a break and eat (e.g. 3 hard boiled eggs, +/- a cup of cashews or macadamia nuts, and a smoothie). This regiment has been working well for eight weeks and shows no signs of weakening.


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Seth Roberts

Seth Roberts is a professor of psychology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and author of The Shangri-La Diet.

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