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You should not reduce your sleep by the use of medicine. That will affect your system.
Sufficient rest must be given to the body through sleep. When you regularly enter into deep
meditation, the system derives considerable rest and automatically sleep can then be reduced.
That will not affect your health.
Sleep should be reduced gradually and cautiously. Now, for a month go to bed at 9-30
p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. After a month, go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up at 3-30 a.m. Again, after
a month go to bed at 10-30 p.m. and get up at 3 a.m. Thus, by gradual means you can reduce your
sleep. Sleeping in day-time must be avoided.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda