OK, so if you were looking to laugh at me for being bleary and yawny and half-asleep on my feet, Vlog 7 is for you!
…Which is ironic, of course, as my level of tiredness has been decreasing for several days (that was recorded late at night on Day 8; this — Wednesday 11/17 — is the morning of Day 10); but I just couldn't get around to the vlog and I had already missed a day, so I did it right before bed, when I was quite zonked.
So, perhaps more entertaining than educational, this one. ;)
Yesterday (day 9) something significant also happened: I took a deliberate 4.5-hour core sleep last night. Here's why:
I'd been feeling iffy all day, not in the sleep sense (got all my naps again, felt great after each — though my afternoon nap was a bit late and truncated by a few minutes), but in the I-might-be-coming-down-with-something sense. It's getting cold out, and I walked about two miles to work, then two miles home, plus I've been exposed to some sick people recently, and I could feel a slight headache and slight throat irritation all day.
Then I got home, and decided I wanted to go out, which was fun but it meant another 3 mile walk, and it was colder out, and I definitely got a bit of a chill that time. Now, all day I'd been yawning on and off — way more than normal — but by 10pm I was really yawning and really feeling worn-out, like, in the bones.
Some of you may remember, from the almost four years I was on Everyman 3 before, that when I get overworked or I don't feel well, I'll sleep 4.5 hours at night. Last night I decided it was time to do that again. I struggled with the decision, since I'm still in the adaptation phase and I didn't want to make any changes to the schedule yet, but in the end, the fact that I know my body, I know that taking that extra 1.5 is good for me sometimes, and I knew with clarity that I needed it yesterday, changed my mind. If there's a negative impact on my adaptation, I'd rather that than risk getting sick. I want to stress that for me, this was a good decision because I know for a fact that it works, and I can be pretty confident that it won't ruin my schedule to do something I've been doing for years anyway. This was definitely a shortcut (or longcut, I guess) that I took as a cheat due to my prior experience. (When I adapted the first time to Everyman 3, there were no 4.5-hour sleeps for many weeks…in fact, I think I was like six months in before I figured out that that worked for me, in times of duress.)
Anyway, disclaimers aside, check it out: the Zeo shows a biiig chunk of REM sleep right at the beginning of my sleep last night, which probably signifies a restorative that my body needed; and I woke up at 4am today feeling much, much better….one of my tonsils is slightly swollen, so I'll dress extra warm today (it's raining, and I'm walking again) and hit the vitamins hard, but other than that I feel much improved.
One thing that I do want to improve, though, is the regularity of the length of my short naps…this sleep track I have is too long, and I don't seem to wake up reliably at the same time using it combined with a timer. Sometimes this has meant sleeping for 25 minutes; sometimes 18…and I can tell the quality of my nap is being impacted by that sometimes. I need a 23-minute sleep track that ends with roosters like my last one! ;)
More soon; thanks for watching; happy Wednesday ya'll!