I just took my 9pm and I feel pretty good, but not 100% - just like usual. I don't think that oversleep really affected my progress much.
I did make the Overkill Alarm Clock (tm) - It's a laptop that does nothing but run a cool alarm clock program. It's hooked up to a separate stereo system with a speaker on each side of the bed. I've preprogrammed all of my waking up times, so I don't even need to remember.
Hung out with Manish and Neetu and they are doing well too. We're all going downtown now to help stay awake. I feel like tomorrow or the next day may be when it finally snaps into place and I feel as good or better as when I was sleeping normally.
Every cycle has a rhythm to it, its own cycle. When I wake from a early morning nap (midnight - 7am) I usually start out a little tired, still wanting for sleep. That inevitably passes if I get up and start engaging my brain in something trivial like washing dishes or watching a tv show. Alertness follows for anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours. Eventually it comes back down, leading me back to sleep.
The sleep has its own cycle, from lying down to mental chatter, to unknowingly falling asleep, to deep dreaming, to non-REM unconsciousness, to gentle awakening. An alarm clock can interrupt anywhere in the middle of this, dictating the flow of the next waking cycle.
With the knowing that the tired feeling will pass if I just start moving, I now feel it's much easier to get up. I avoid productive work until the tired feeling is gone and replaced with alertness.
I think you should start thinking about that whole philosophy in a new light. Instead of seeing no tomorrow and enjoying today to it's fullest, why not think of it as an investment? Spend your time in the way that will enrich tomorrow the most.
That's how I go about, or try to go about it. A good friend of mine, a retired poker player, is a system thinking freak. I think a lot of readers on Sett would agree to his philosophy and love some of his small but enriching life-hacks. He sorts the plates and cutlery when he throws it in the dishwasher, so emptying the machine is ridded of one time consuming task – sorting the cutlery. That system reflects how he tries to furnish everything in his life - In nice and automated systems, where the same effort equals more tasks done in the same amount of time. This way, he has accumulated vast amounts of time, for doing what he loves doing. Usually this involves eating great food and taking post-lunch naps or taking long walks in his scenic natural surroundings on Bornholm.
When you live your life like that, you're constantly building more value and liberating more time – time for you to do what you love (or want to do before you die, check my personal bucketlist here).
Working out and taking care of your body, makes perfect sense in this light. Why not make your body the perfect vehicle to transport you through this adventure? You might die tomorrow, but chances say you won't. Plan for the most likely scenarios, but be prepared for the worst too. Furnish your life in way, so everything you do to stay fit and healthy is aumtomated.