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.