Sleep Cycles

I think that we all know that our lives follow cycles. SOme are good cycles some are bad. I suppose it\’s like \”there is a season turn turn turn\” but to a more micro level.

I\’m trying to come out of a laziness and up late cycle right now. This summer I have been waking up at eleven or noon and barely making it to classes — wasting time reading the news (or facebook) and the staying up until three or four a.m.

I don\’t feel very good about myself when I consider this a waste of some life, so I\’m trying to get back on the good cycle.

I feel best about myself when I sleep very little (Garrett may laugh at this) but really, last September when I was arranging the Water Ski tournament and living a full life iwth a 9:30 am class I felt great about myself. I would sometimes nap for an hour in the afternoon – but I was going nearly 20 hours of the day. This is much like last Summer abroad (more on this later?) but work had me working from 8am until Midnight at minimum and often until two in the morning — meaning that I was getting 16 to 18 hours out of the day in work (I played some too.) This reminds me of Atlanta Fest two years ago where I worked full time (12-8am) napped for two hours and then went to Atlanta Fest at 6 flags (12pm-12am) — and it didn\’t really bother me in the least until long after where I tried to keep up.

Maybe being sleepier or less flexible in the cycle is a sign of my age. But I doubt it.

Anyway, my goal is to start waking up at 8 and I\’ll probably stay up until midnight or one. This will put me on the most human schedule. I really need to master the 30 minute nap again.

By the way, hats off to Amrit for working out with me, that\’s how I\’ve realized I\’ve been getting weaker in the current cycle. I\’ve been waking up so late that I haven\’t need a lunch between noon and 5pm.