Wow, what a week. Construction and shopping and coordinating and coming up with money, mmm yeah. But it’ll be worth it! I can’t wait. But I also can’t move for another month. *sigh*
Stress is medium-high but manageable, but my schedule — like, daily living stuff — has been all over the place. Since Saturday, I’ve missed a daytime nap every single day, because of work or appointments or something. Thankfully, this seems to be pretty amazingly easy to fix: I sleep 4.5 hours at night, and wham, I feel fine. This even worked yesterday, when I missed my evening nap, meaning I was awake from 3:30 straight through until 12:30. I was tired when I went to sleep, mind, but I woke up at 5 feeling like a dozen red roses. Hm!
So not only is the 4.5 hour core + 2 naps schedule a viable one, it seems to be a pretty painless temporary addition to the middle of a standard (3+3) Everyman schedule. Of course, we won’t know that for sure until I switch back, and maybe back and forth a few more times to be positive, but signs are good.
You know what? After I move, I’m going to try switching to the shortened Everyman too — 1.5 hour core plus 4 naps — and see if that’s doable too. Wouldn’t it be cool if Everyman was that variable?? (Plus, I’ll need the time to unpack!)
I was crowing about the success of the 4.5-hour core in keeping me from feeling like hamburger after the last couple days, and someone said, inevitably, "But some monophasic people only have to sleep five hours, so what’s the point of a 5-hour polyphasic schedule? Why go through all the trouble?"
I’d love to answer that!
First of all, booyah for some people, but I’m not them. On a monophasic schedule I’m exhausted if I don’t get at least nine hours’ sleep, or 7-8 with an afternoon nap. So for ME to be able to sleep only five hours is still a big win!
Second of all, naps aren’t "trouble", at least not anymore. Yes, they took some getting used to, and they take some attention, though not more than, say, brushing your teeth every day. But I like my naps. Taking a 20-minute time-out from the world a couple times a day is magic for your psychological health, trust me. Even if it only saved me an hour every day, I’d probably still think my naps were worth it!
Darnit, this afternoon is not looking promising for me getting all my naps again. *sigh* Well, as much as I want to put things back together, I guess I’m going to have to officially Not Worry About It too much until after the move. Then the patching-up of the schedule can begin in earnest, heh.