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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 :
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.
I'm sitting in our rental van outside Cafe Brazil, an all night hotspot in Dallas. Ty and Neetu are both napping. We wanted to go somewhere to eat and chill for the night, but the van was so much cozier than the actual place. So we ate and then parked outside to jack their free internet.
"I have a millionaire mind." Believe it. I do. Taking naps in between the Millionaire Mind seminar hasn't been too bad. Ty and I usually head up to the room during the sales pitch portions of the seminar, which are too good. Like really, these guys pitch seminars better than Tony Robbins, it's awesome.
I'm feeling pretty good, and even had some naps that felt like total rest, like waking from an average 8-hour monophasic sleep schedule.
I actually planned out and deliberately took one of my naps on the bus today. It wasn't too great, but I did fall asleep. We're going to Dallas today through Sunday, so we should be pros at sleeping away from home after being forced to do 20+ cycles of it.
I feel good most of the time now. The universe knows no time, and soon enough neither will my body. Time is just an illusion anyhow, just something humans made up to keep appointments.
From 5-8 am is still a bit drowsy, so I intend to start doing some exercise in that window. That should be fun.
Just to further ensure that there is no more screwing up, here's how it's going down. Any time I have a major mess up (3 hours or more), I lose something new. Here's the order it's going to go in.
4. Buying anything I want (except groceries)
I can't think of anything else that I do that I'd benefit from if I cut it out, but if I somehow mess up 4 more times, it's going to get drastic. Maybe I'll give away my car or something.
This is ridiculous. I slept 6 hours again, incidentally during the same period that my last one happened.
I have duct taped my alarm-laptop shut and have taped carboard over the parts of my receiver which would let me turn it off.
Ahh... back on everone's favorite sleep schedule. I figured I'd be able to get a good feel for how far I was set back by my oversleep yesterday, but no... I have no idea. What I do know is that I'm exhausted, which may mean that those 9 days were for nothing. With just the possibility of that being the case, I don't think I'll ever oversleep again. Doing those 9 days over will be tough.
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.