Contrary to common belief, sleep is not a requirement for the body. Rest is what the body needs. Sleep is just one form of rest. The less restful the body is while you’re awake, the more it will call for sleep.
Rest means being at ease. There’s a lot of focus on improving the quality of sleep, but that is not necessary and it’s not the right approach. You can’t truly improve the quality of sleep if you don’t improve the quality of your wakefulness. The focus should be on becoming more restful, or more at ease, while awake.
Take the way you move, for example. Are you at ease, do you move easily? A lot of people aren’t even at ease while sitting. When this is true, standing won’t be easy, walking won’t be easy, running certainly won’t be easy, movement and life in general will be more stressful than necesssry.
If you can engineer your body and mind to function with a certain level of ease, you’ll be more restful. When you’re more restful, sleep won’t be an issue and you’ll require less of it. While you’re alive, it’s time to be awake! There will be plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead! So for now, LIVE dynamically in peace, restfully.
Note: Regular use of nervous stimulants like coffee will decrease restfulness in the body and increase sleep quota in the long term by draining energy. The short-term, temporary effect is a trick. Don’t be fooled.