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I overslept by 90 minutes. I'm not proud of this. In fact, I'm in a bit of a rage over the whole thing. I don't think most people out there understand the precautions I've taken to ensure that I don't sleep.
Well, here's the latest. I've put my very loud air compressor in my bed, a foot or two from my face. If I remain in bed for 10 minutes longer than the alotted 25 minutes, it gets turned on automatically. I doubt there's anyone who has successfully slept with an air compressor going off two feet from their face. If you look at the picture below, you can also see a crock pot in the bottom left. I was going to have that boil water and then have the air compressor splash it on my face, but that proved to be too complicated at the moment.
What's frustrating is that I'm not actively making the decision, "this is too hard". My own body is sabotaging me.
Perhaps due to my new commitment to not oversleeping, the past 2-3 days have really been great. I had a couple light sleeps in my chair (<1 hour), but the overall quality of both my naps and my awake time continues to increase.
Today, for example, I haven't been tired for the past 24 hours. My minor oversleep of 30 minutes was because I was bored and just spacing out at my computer.
Each nap I've had in the past 24 hours was accompanied by an awesome dream, and naturally ended before my alarm clock. Usually when that happens I get another quick nap in before the alarm goes off, but when I woke up early on my most recent nap, I just got out of bed. The funny thing is that I was SURE that I overslept - I felt great and it seemed like I was in bed for hours.
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.
I've stopped counting exactly, but I'm around day 35 now.
How Steve Pavlina got on the schedule so quickly, I don't understand. I do understand why everyone gives up before they convert, though. It is hard. Especially that first week. I don't even think it's possible to get on it unless you refuse to even consider that you might fail. That's what I did this time, and it's made quite a difference.
Today we moved to Better Than Your Boyfriend, which required me to go through all of the old posts and edit them. At times it's easy to think that I'm not making much progress, but looking back at those old entries, It's like day and night (no pun intended).
When I first started this schedule, the whole day was a hard period. I was a zombie.
As I moved on, the days started getting ok and the nights were hard.
Soon I felt tired from 11pm-5am, but was ok after that.
My sleeping periods lately have been incredible.
Each one feels like it's many hours long, and in mot cases is actually restful. In the past few weeks I felt like most naps made me more tired if anything, so this is a nice change.
Also, every single time I sleep now, I have a vivid memorable dream that seems to take place over a long period of time. In most cases I wake up after the dream and before the alarm. Here's my latest dream:
Coming up on 6 days in a row with no oversleeping.. not too shambly.
What's been helping me TONS is the game Battlefield 2. Now... I'm not much of a gamer. In fact, I'm not a gamer at all. This is the only game on my computer. I don't know what it is about this game - maybe it's the bullet sounds, maybe it's because it requires constant attention, or maybe it just engages me at just the right level, but this game keeps me awake.
Better than that, it wakes me up. I can come out of a nap completely bleary eyed, barely able to focus on the screen... 20 minutes of Battlefield 2, and I'm ready to cook breakfast, do laundry, and work on my site.
I think it's super important to have consistent naps. For a while I was oversleeping, pushing them forward or backwards, and taking cheat naps. I didn't realize until now that before I started doing that I was waking up without my alarm two out of three times. Since becoming inconsistent I NEVER woke up without my alarm. For the past 3-4 days I have cut out cheat naps and been scheduling my naps more regularly, and have found that I wake up naturally more often.
Also, when I was inconsistent I would never feel more refreshsed after a nap... I would only become more awake during an awake cycle. Now I am feeling refreshed after naps too.
So here's a weird one for you...
I've decided to cut out cheat naps. I don't think they help, and I can stand cutting them out.
4:25am - woke up from my 4:00 nap
Manish and Neetu gave up I think. That sucks because I was really looking forward to having friends on this plan too. Also it's much easier to stay awake as a group than individually.
Here's where I'm at right now :