Waking Early : Day 4

Attempted Sleep Time: 12:00am

Actual Sleep Time: 2:30am+

Wakeup Time: 7:30am, 11:30am

Out of Bed Time: 7:30am, 11:30am

FAILED– Day 4, aka Recuperation

Yesterday early evening, I felt utterly exhausted. The first three days of the challenge, I had only been getting 4-6 hours of sleep a night. My body was rebelling against me.

I took a short twenty minute nap but not good enough. If I slept so early, I was concerned that it would throw off my entire sleep schedule. So, I stayed awake and eventually caught a second wind which ended up being a curse. I didn’t fall asleep until past 2:30am.

I woke up promptly at 7:30am, went to the bathroom, and went back to bed. I don’t have anything to do this morning, and my body demanded sleep.

So, I finally got my 8 hours of sleep. It’s yet to be seen how this will impact me tonight though. I’m okay though, I understand I needed the makeup hours. The question is just whether I can ever adjust to sleeping at 11pm or earlier.

On one hand, I really enjoy waking up early. However, my most creative periods are still late at night, and I like to be social late night on weekends. So, this will be an interesting challenge to continue.

Waking Early : Day 3

march 24 morning

Attempted Sleep Time: 12:30am?

Actual Sleep Time: Unknown

Wakeup Time: 7:15am, 7:30am

Out of Bed Time: 7:30am

SUCCESS – Day 3, aka Relaxation

Yesterday night, I returned from my night class past 11pm. I spent time writing down the day’s thoughts in my private journal and spoke briefly with a friend online. I didn’t turn off my computer until past midnight so I was worried I might be having an insomnia night.

Luckily, I read some Dostoevsky and promptly fell into slumber.

Waking up this morning was actually pretty easy. Maybe, my body has adjusted to the new times.

Whenever I have a difficulty getting out of bed, I like to stare at the daylight. It causes a biofeedback of hormones in my body to wake the hell up. Whereas, if I bury my head into my pillows, I’ll fall asleep in an instant.

Today’s the first day that I don’t have any work or errands to do in the morning. So, I enjoyed making a hearty breakfast, brewing tea, and peacefully watching the world unfold outside my dining room (hence the photo above, I need a better camera…)

Maybe, I’ll make this part of my morning ritual. I might go do some tai chi, meditation, and take a shower now.

Waking Early : Day 2

Attempted Sleep Time: 1:00am?

Actual Sleep Time: Unknown

Wakeup Time: 7:15am, 7:30am, 7:45am

Out of Bed Time: 7:50am

Mini-Failure – Day 2, aka Doomsday

Last night, I got a phone call from an old friend and ended up chatting until 11:30pm. It messed up my night schedule, but it was good to catch up so I’m not complaining.

In bed, I usually read a novel to clear my head before falling to sleep. I heard that if you don’t fall asleep within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow then you’re not sufficiently relaxed and/or tired to sleep. Currently, I’m reading Dostoevsky’s House of the Dead

. My goal is to eventually read all of Dostoevsky’s novels.

So, anyway, I don’t know what time I actually went to sleep, but my guess is around 1:30am.

My alarm went blazing at 7:15am. My body was worn out; debt with the sleep bank is pilling up. I kept falling in and out of consciousness until finally 7:50am.

Tonight, my graduate seminar runs very late, and I won’t get back home until 11pm. I’m a little worried that I’m not getting sufficient sleep, and I was planning on hitting the gym today. Is it cheating to take a long nap?

Oh well, off to brew some tea.

Waking Early : Day 1

Attempted Sleep Time: 12:00am

Actual Sleep Time: 2:45am

Wakeup Time: 7:04am

Out of Bed Time: 7:16am

SUCCESS – DAY 1, aka The Hardest Day

On cue, I couldn’t sleep last night and spent a good hour thinking about future projects and plans while in bed. By 12:40am, I declared defeat and went on my computer to practice memory lessons (a future post on that). Two hours later, I was sufficiently tired to sleep.

I actually woke up before my alarm clock went off. But, boy oh boy, did I lay in bed thinking I could sneak in an extra 20 minutes of sleep. I’m only shooting for 7:30am after all, right?

I finally got out of bed in order to drive my mom to work. I was back home for the weekend, and someone destroyed her car in an accident three days ago. So, I definitely had the motivation and reason to get up.

By 9am, fatigue and dizziness hit me like a load  of bricks, and I napped on my floor for 20 minutes. I tried to meditate at first, but after 10 minutes, I was just too exhausted. Driving back to DC was difficult until I got some coffee in me.

Overall, I feel okay at best. Definitely can tell my body would love some more sleep but that would screw up my entire sleep schedule so I’ll have to brave it out.

One interesting note is that it’s always easy to wake up and get out of bed if I have a legit (usually social) reason. I only got 4 hours of sleep, but my body knew to wake up at 7am anyway.

Become an Early Riser 5 Days Challenge

early rising challenge

Stepcase Lifehack has issued a ballsy early morning riser challenge to the self improvement community. I accept!

When: March 22 (Monday) to March 26 (Friday)

Time: 7:30am

Where: I hope it’s my bed…

Each day, I’ll post my wake up time and how it’s going.

I’ve always wanted to be an early rising. However, I’m afraid that my  creative hours are after 11pm. Also, I’ve had many days of insomnia the past months thinking about my future plans so this might become very interesting.

My strategy is multiple alarms (is there a way to do free wake up calls?), shower, and tea. Also, no television or computer usage after 10pm.

At least, I will have much more motivation to keep going now that I’m publicly sharing my victories and failures.