Monday, October 30, 2006

I'm Back!

It is so nice to be back to normal! I haven't been able to do my biphasic sleeping very well because I had houseguests staying in both the living room and the den. Our house is small, so it made leaving the bedroom during my awake time very difficult!
Now, biphasic sleeping has been wonderful, and I am getting used to getting up in the middle of the night and really enjoy the benefits; however, it is extremely difficult to wake up for any period of time without getting out of bed. Also, Keira decided that having houseguests meant that she needed to scream in the middle of the night at weird times-just to keep us on our toes! So, that also made getting the right amount of sleep time difficult.
So, tonight is my first night really back to biphasic sleeping. I kind of dabbled when everyone was here, but now I'm on my serious schedule. It was very difficult to wake up be polite when my nap was over tonight. I didn't have much trouble getting out of bed, and I started doing things right away; but, when Josh talked to me, I felt like biting his head off. He sounded chipper, and that wasn't working for me at the time!
I'm doing better now, but he's in bed so it doesn't really matter. The animals don't care if I'm polite to them!
Now that the time change has taken place and I won't have any interruptions, I think I'm going to try sleeping just 3 hours for my 2nd phase of sleeping. I think this is a benefit because it gives me even more time awake (duh), but it also makes my time in between sleeps feel less rushed. Many times before, I would feel like I just woke up, only to have to go back to sleep and then I wouldn't have much time after my 2nd sleep to do much other than get ready for work. This way I will have more time after both sleeps!
My main concern is that once I decide I'm going to sleep for 3 hours rather than 4 1/2, I can't change my mind as I will need to get ready for work. If I stay up any later than 2am, I won't be able to sleep any longer than 3 hours and keep to a sleep cycle. Maybe it is better that way-no turning back when the alarm goes off; I just hope my mind doesn't decide I need more sleep and turns off the alarm!
Here goes nothing! I'm feeling pretty good right now!

Oh, to answer Connie's question as to what made me decide to start biphasic sleeping, I was tired of being tired all of the time. I felt exhausted pretty much all day-there would be a few hours where I felt pretty good, but it was usually when I was at work, which is really a waste... I wanted to be awake for my kids. I feel like I work too much anyway, then when I was home, I was either sleeping or might as well have been. I did some google searches about sleeping, and this is what I came up with! It is an experiment that has seemed to work pretty well for me!


Anna said...

Mines going well, I'm doing 6hr sleeps, which is a bit indulgent, but I don't want to be tired at work this week, I'll pull it back to 4.5 next week.

Tino's doing it with me and it's been really good for us.

I have trouble getting to sleep in the first 1.5hr nap, I think I am awake for about 1hr and dead asleep when the alarm goes, but I'm alert straight away so I guess it doesn't matter.

Connie said...

Thanks for the reply. I am going to be watching your blog to see how you do with this. It's very interesting.