Been a while since my last post. I'm still on it. I had a falling out around Thanksgiving with 3-4 days of extreme oversleeping. Where I'm at right now:
I tend to oversleep daily. Just random times. Seems out of my control. Like I will sleepwalk, turn off my alarm, go back to sleep. Or randomly fall asleep at my computer, or find myself in my living room, very confused as to what's going on and what time it is.
I'm usually really exhausted and out of it at 6 am-10am, and then feel fine after 11am...almost like clockwork. But then I will oversleep at other random times when I actually feel okay, like 2pm.
It's much easier than the first week. I'm averaging about 3-4 hours of sleep per day. My waking time cycles between full alertness and zombie mode. I often lose track of what time of day it is; it all feels much the same, except for sunrise--the magical time I come back from the worst of the 6AM cycle.
I think it's going to have to get worse before it gets better. According to people that have successfully made it, they're very strict in the trasition period. I'm not sure that I ever went 7 days without oversleeping. Perhaps 3, and then I'd have a 1-3 hour oversleep. Maybe the worst of what I went through wasn't bad enough.
I'm going to have to commit to that level of strictness now. That seems the only way to improve from here. So that's what I'm doing. I think I can get on this completely. It works some of the time--I'll wake up from a nap feeling as though I just had a full night's rest, ready to rock. It's just a matter of consistency.
My planned naps move around all the time due to oversleep. No more. Even in the event of an oversleep, I'm sticking to 1/5/9. If I oversleep past a nap, I just wait till the next planned nap, and tired or not, I'm lying down. The 5-9AM cycle will probably suck for me, so every day i'm going to do some form of exercise, then shower, prepare an excellent breakfast, and then clean up...will keep me occupied.
From here, I expect this to take 10 days max to take full effect.
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.
I love to sleep. I've slept easily 10 hours on average my life so far. Even though I love sleep I realize one thing:
Needless sleep has easily been the most unproductive thing I’ve done in my life.
Oversleeping is horrible. For one I find sleeping more than 9 hours a day usually begets more sleep, making you actually feel drowsier the majority of the day even though you technically slept more than enough. Furthermore sleeping extra just takes up time. sleeping 10 hours a day as opposed to 6 or 7 means I’m not awake for a whopping 90-110 hours a month. This adds up really quickly. Those extra 3 hours could be used to learn a language, programming, watch a good movie or documentary, exercise etc. Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to spend learning vocabulary or studying? Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to come up with a strategy for your business?