I overslept on my earlier nap today. Ty calls and is like "are you sleeping, I'm coming over" I'm like "No, No, I'm always up", not feeling like taking a verbal berating in my fragile state. I think we both knew I was full of shit.
I thought I was done. I had no extra naps last night, and felt good throughout. But I slept right through the alarm this morning. I had turned down the volume on my computer to listen to some music and forgot to turn it back up before the nap. Also, I think I might be associating the wake up song with sleep now that I've had it waking me up 10+ times in 2 days. So now I have a presleep ritual:
1. Check volume
2. Check timer
3. Change the song.
My neighbors saw me walking around in my pjs too, good times. So over the last 7 days I've averaged probably 3.5-4 hours sleep per day rather than my usual 8. That's massive progress. Now it's just about getting rid of that oversleeping and feeling good throughout the night. The day is cake now. You will oversleep if given the chance for even 2 seconds in the transition phase. With the right presleep and wake up routines, along with the optional extra nap, this problem should be eliminated for good.
Despite ongoing oversleeps, I feel like I'm making tons of progress. I've still probably averaged 4 hours / sleep per night. My window of drowsiness constantly decreases.
Thanks to motion sensors all over my house, I can figure out what's causing these oversleeps.
Last night I sleep walked (4 times) to my office computer, connected through it to the alarm laptop, and then shut off the alarm.
Along with exercise and nutrition, sleep is one of the primary determinants of your happiness and wellbeing. If you don't get good sleep, you will not only be tired, but also pessimistic, unmotivated, lazy or even depressed.
Research has shown that self control is a limited resource that is greatly diminished when you're exhausted. If you don't get good sleep, you are less likely to be productive and stick to your good habits (such as exercise). You are also more likely to do things that you know are bad for you (such as eating sweets).
Good REM sleep plays a critical role in the development of long term memories. If you're trying to learn anything at all, you better make sure you get enough high quality sleep.
Proper sleep is also essential for maintaining a robust immune system. If you want to be happy, healthy, smart and productive, you have must make sure you get good sleep.
Do you think that your physical health and emotional wellbeing can be considered in isolation? Think again. They both come from the same body, and they both require that you sleep well.