Day 1 again!
I decided to take today, since I had it, and give a shot at getting my sleep schedule back. By "sleep schedule" I'm referring to the Everyman 3 / occasionally Everyman 4.5 hybrid that I slept on for seven years until things fell apart on me, which was realistically about six months ago (though it was more recently that I stopped trying to fix it and just gave up on schedules; see Hard Writings).
Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to get Uberman back, but even I'm not crazy enough to think I can work it on my existing schedule/lifestyle. That's a longer project for a later time, sadly. Still one of my life's goals, though!
Anyway, here's the lowdown:
I slept from 11:30 – 4am, since I couldn't catch a nap yesterday. Today I have taiji + 3 bike-rides (between 2 classes and home), but I should be home by 1 for my nap, and then I'm around this evening, so should have my naptimes OK. Monday is hockey, which takes from about 7:30pm – 1am, but if I'm strict about it and take my evening nap at 7 and go right to bed when I get home, I can make it work I think. (The question there is, Can I sleep just 3 hours after 1.5 hours of hardcore swimming? And I guess we'll see!)
My schedule (the one I had for years, and find works for me pretty naturally now) looks like this:
~7am – morning nap
~1pm – afternoon nap
~7pm – evening nap
1am – 4am core nap (unless one of the daytime naps gets missed, in which case 11:30pm – 4am core nap)
I do expect some adjustment, since I've been off-schedule (off any schedule, really) for several months now; and furthermore, I don't expect I'll really be able to stick by this schedule every day for a while; my near-term future is pretty nuts-looking. YES, that means I'm NOT TAKING MY OWN ADVICE about making sure that you can keep the schedule for 3-4 weeks when you first adjust — but remember, as I've said a million times, the rules are different for everybody, and how adjusted you are or have been makes a BIG difference in how it works for you. I'm arguably a very special case, having been fully adjusted to this schedule for years, and that's definitely informing my decision to try it now, even knowing that it'll have to be imperfect for a little while (a few weeks, I suspect). Even if I miss days here and there, if I prioritize my naps on other days, I'm pretty confident that I can make Everyman my default schedule again, due to how long I did it before.
I might be wrong, of course! But we'll see, now, shan't we?
(OMG using the word shan't is so fun! Try it today if you haven't in a while! ;)