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So the past few cycles have been rough... I often find myself having to conciously force myself to keep my eyes open and focused. Because of this I was cutting the cycles in half, but that didn't seem to be doing too much for me. During this last one I decided to just push myself to complete some projects and see if it made a difference. As luck would have it, it made all the difference in the world. Just moving around and doing a few things made me feel almost as awake as yesterday.
As a result I'm going to push my nap forward to make up for those added naps. I'll feel better anyway. I'm still trying to decide on my final schedule. Right now I'm leaning towards 11, 3, 7. The main reason is because it would make it very easy to go out to clubs.
For some reason this time around feels a lot more different than my previous attempts. In a way it seems like I'm more in control. Before I always felt like it may get so bad that I would have to quit. Now I just feel like I may have to up my focus and effort, but that that anything thrown my way can be crushed.
I took a nap in the middle of my awake period because I was so tired. I woke up and didn't feel better.
BUT - I am hardcore so I continue.
I take my regularly scheduled nap and wake up after only 14 minutes, feeling great. I love it!
It's getting worse.... I will conquer it, though.
I've noticed that I'm feeling groggy for less time after each nap. I barely feel it at all after that one.
So far every time I wake up I'm filled with a sense of panic, thinking I've overslept. It's amazing that such a short time can actually refresh you at all.
Not much else to report, really. I think I'm on this for good.
Still going strong. When I wake up from a nap I don't feel tired like I would if I normally would from waking up early. Instead I feel slightly disoriented and groggy. This goes away fully during the first 20 minutes of being awake or so. I'm definitely awake enough to drive.
This last wakeup seemed pretty good. I felt maybe slightly less tired than the previous ones.
This time I actually had dreams that I wasn't sleeping. Sounds weird, is weird, but probably less than it sounds.
I also experience some confusion when waking up. Each time I don't recognize that the alarm is the reason I'm awake.
Still going strong, although I'm definitely feeling it. I ramble a bit when I talk and find it hard to focus. I'm trying to eat at the beginning of each 3.5 hour awake period so that i'll have some energy. What's interesting is that I usually go to sleep feeling good and wake up very hungry.
I can't really describe the sleep. It's almost like I wake up before I realize I'm asleep. Every time I wake up my first thought is "Crap, I haven't fallen asleep yet." and then I realize that I was just asleep.
One of my friends just told me that Arrested Development put out two new episodes. That's great... An easy hour to knock out.
I rock the house. How do you like this enthusiasm? Enjoy it while it lasts, because 24 hours from now I will be hating life. Or maybe not!
I can't really describe how these naps are going. The whole time I feel like I'm not asleep and I'm trying to fall asleep. But I'll notice that my thoughts are totally bizarre. like this time I was thinking about how to beat a video game that doesn't actually exist. Occasionally I think "Man... I'm not falling asleep". And then the alarm goes off and I wake up and can't really tell if I was asleep or not.
Anyway, this is going to be the tough stretch, but I actually feel like I have plenty of energy. My sleep schedule for the past week has been pretty bizarre, so maybe that's helped me. Luckily I have a project to work on, so I'm not too bored.