Very interesting board here and thanks to all you contributing
I am trying to add serious musical study to a full time and very meaningful job as an internal medicine doc in a small mountain town here in Montana.
I'm not kidding about the musical study, I am intent on becoming fully able to play jazz guitar and sing vocals, with the intent of playing with some of the musicians or the kind of musicians that I most love to listen to. No kidding! (I'm 53 years old and when you get in your 50's the world is indeed your oyster as long as you can figure it out
(Yah, I'm one of the mods of the intention-manifestation board, you bet I practice a lot of that and I do)
So, the idea of adding some hours to my day is very enticing, as long as it is good for my health and energy overall.
I tried something like polyphasic sleep or core sleep, probably about 6 months ago and got really seriously overtired. I knew at the time it wasn't good for me then. Nothing else unusual.
I've settled on sleeping about 5:45 hours (10 to 3:45) and getting in a 30 minute nap in the afternoon (I can pretty often, not always get home by 3 or so).
I think I would do great if I had an extra 3 or 4 hours in the day, 2 would be a start.
I don't know if I/we?
are just being "greedy" trying to get more hours out of the day or not. I'm open minded on this in both directions, we are and we aren't, I just don't know.
So, how would you go about this, any ideas? Seems the gradual rather than cold turkey way would suit my physiology better.
Any prescriptions to try?
Thanks, and I'll be following this post anyway just to see how things go.
Best wishes to all of you!
PS Three things I've learned, even just getting myself launched at 3:45 which has been real successful-
1. Has been mentioned here---make the decision on when you're waking up upon going to sleep--don't even think about it when it's time to get up, just do it without thinking and know that once up you'll feel more up in most cases.
2. I don't think this has been mentioned here--Light works wonders--I go right into the bathroom, turn the dimmer on full high, then right into our front room and turn ALL the lights on. That feels good and by then, my physiology is awake. Coffee is good too at that point, I know there are different opinions on coffee but 2 shots espresso in the am and that's it for the day.
3. Regular times, for what I'm doing at least, work well also. I find myself waking up a few minutes before 3:45am and I'll just get up then, turn off the alarm before it sounds. (I have a cat who's probably involved in this in some way. He's very ritualized and may be keeping time, waking me up in subtle ways-- often when I open my eyes, before I even move, he's looking wide eyed into mine, although he doesn't start purring til he sees my eyes open, I've checked that.)