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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.
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:
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 :
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.