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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.
Nick peeled off the testers from magazine perfume ads and licked them. Repeatedly.
It's my 21st birthday today!!! I get to enjoy the ENTIRE day! it's actually kinda strange. I get to 1/3 more birthday fun than usual.
I just woke up from a nap a little while ago. I didn't really sleep though. It continues to happen, but I force myself to lie down and keep my eyes closed. This way I fall asleep 75% of the time, and at least catch half a nap. I'm sure that the next one will be better at 3:30. I'm gonna go treat myself to one of Ty's fabulous peanut butter smoothies. =)
I slept for 6 hours last night. DAMMIT. Starting over. I have no idea how that happened.
Studying is the kind of thing I look forward to doing all the time at night once I'm on this solid. That way I can enjoy my days and the outdoors plenty. But for now, it's tough.
I feel like I'm usually mentally between 85-90% during the day and less during the night. To study, especially boring stuff you're not interested in, you really have to be in the 95-100% range.
I'm writing a paper right now, and it's normally much easier to write than this. Same with the studying I did for a test I took Monday morning. But it is possible, so that makes me happy.
Still feeling great, although I notice my eyes are a bit inclined to close right now. Hoepfully that will go away within a few more minutes. I had a super long and complicated dream somehow... very interesting. Day 9, baby!
Just made it through the tough one.... The 6-8ish evening nap is the hardest one for me... often times redering me as useless as chopsticks. Not today, however. I'm ready to take on the whole night, and then the whole week, and then some.
I am totally on the boat. I just had a little set back. I did sleep for 5 1/2 hours in one stretch, so I am just starting my count over. Tonight will be night #1 again, for bet purposes. That puts night 14 on November 27th. I can handle that.
Manish: No. You don't have to start over according to me. The cut off on oversleeping should be 4 hours. That is half a night's sleep. I decided to start over, cause I woke up feeling so great and rested. So I knew that I totally fucked up the sleep pattern by over sleeping so much.
Apparently I didn't even set my alarm this time. Although now I've acertained my magic oversleep number is 2 hours. Does this mean I have to start over?...Just say the word, I need a YES or NO from both Neetu and Ty on this one.
Last night I had the most vivid dream yet. I had no idea dreaming could be so intense. I was at school, but it was in front of this DAM that had just blown over. I swear I could feel the water...very intense.
I set my alarm on that dream for only 20 mins. I don't really know why, but for some reason I felt like I had to try that out to see how I'd feel. It was about the same as the standard 30, although the REM time was cut short by the alarm, which went off right in the middle of the intense dreaming.
Feeling pretty good. A bit more drowsy than my last couple naps, but definitely fully functional (or as close as I get anyway).
Neetu! Get back on the boat.
Nick's on the boat now... he doesn't think it's hard enough so he does pushups when he wakes up. He just doesn't know what we know.