Sleep is a good companion of me – I feel tired, I go to sleep. I feel bored, I go to sleep. I have nothing to do, I go to sleep. I have lots of work and don’t know where to start, I go to sleep. I have lots to think, I go to sleep[Latest study says sleeping is best to take complex decisions also..heh I knew it long back..sleeping reduces the intensity of the problem and lets you think in a calm mind]. Boring books, boring TV programmes immediately put me to sleep. During exams, sleeping is my first priority.(which was later found to be a good decision when one of our profs said “Your sleep, your hunger, believe me, these exams do not deserve them”. Yeah!)
Even in 5 minute local bus journey, if I get a place to sit, I can comfortably sleep. Once during local train journey in Bombay which lasted for an hour, I slept and missed my station. The train went further and came back and luckily by that time I was awake to get down in my stop. I even slept while I was a pillion rider, but that was a different story(Lack of sleep caused it).
There are few things I could bargain my sleep for. But, ironically, some of my memorable moments point to my sleepless nights – either with kid cousins gossiping thru most of the night or during Goa tour [played or gossiped till wee hours in morning] and few others.
But lately but not neverly, I have realised that sleep is a waste of time. Especially the excess sleep that I seem to be making. I realise it because, there is not a single moment when I am awake do I waste. Also lately, I value time, than I ever did before. [A separate post on this I will do if time permits].
And this lately is not that lately. I decided to regulate my sleeping habits before last year. (You can see the goal setting here). The fact that I could not achieve is out of topic for this post! And thus the goal continued to this year and also there was a modification to it.
Now coming to the reason why I started telling all that is, when I found the article on how to rise early by none other than Steve Pavlina, the article, one of the most read , touches upon similar thoughts that I had before forming those rules for myself. But the difference is, Pavlina succeeds in getting up early and I fail miserably to put to practise my own set of rules. That is a shame.
However, not to take away anything away from that beautiful article which might finally help us to get up early giving this solution:
The optimal solution for me has been to combine both approaches. It’s very simple, and many early risers do this without even thinking about it, but it was a mental breakthrough for me nonetheless. The solution was to go to bed when I’m sleepy (and only when I’m sleepy) and get up with an alarm clock at a fixed time (7 days per week). So I always get up at the same time (in my case 5am), but I go to bed at different times every night.
He followed up with another article and two things were hard hitting for me
One why we should get up early(oh..forget those health benefits for now):
A small amount of extra time each day adds up to significant amounts over the course of a year. 30 minutes a day is 182.5 hours in a year. That’s more than a month of working full-time (40 hours per week).For me the savings was about 90 minutes/day. That’s like getting a free bonus year every decade.
This comes back to the “Time” factor I was mentioning. This point, if none others, should make me serious about executing my sleep habits well.
If you can’t get yourself out of bed when your alarm goes off, this is likely due to a lack of self-discipline. If you have enough self-discipline, you’ll get out of bed no matter what. Motivation can also help, but motivation is short lived and may only last a few days. Discipline is like a muscle. The more you build it, the more you can rely on it.
The second point is about discipline. I have come to understand that it is quite tough to be self-disciplined, regularly.
But the whole point of writing this prelude is to tell that I want to practise Polyphasic sleep. Heh! Polyphasic sleep, in short, involves short duration (20-30min) of sleep every once in 6 hours! Again compelling advantage is the extra time gained! After I retire, probably, I will try it. Pavlina has tried it, has detailed reports about it and is very happy with the result. At least I was thinking of a variation that can suit me, but it looks any variation will not help.[Of course with a rigorous adaptation period it should be possible but might not be as beneficial as the original one.]
And one more thing, before I finish, after the success of above result encouraged him to conduct one more experiment, which is very interesting! It is about earning million dollar by intention-manifestation model. That is, you wish for it and you get it. Something on the lines of Power of subconscious mind, I feel. There are 850 odd people publicly registered and the result -approx $401,000 manifested – is very tempting!
And I am planning to extend this experiment for my own benefits into two more secret wishes I have 🙂 Wish me luck.