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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 :
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.